Nicaragua — Managua

Founded as a pre-Columbian fishing town, the city was incorporated in 1819, with efforts to make Managua the capital of Nicaragua beginning in 1824. Managua’s location between the rival cities of León and Granada made it a logical and ideal compromise site. Today, Managua is the second most populous city in Central America, after Guatemala City.

Along with colonial architecture besides modern malls, one also comes across a series of metal yellow “Trees of Life,” each some 40 feet tall, installed at key intersections around the capital. The trees with their curlicue branches and bright lights give a glitzy Las Vegas neon feel to the city. The trees were authorized by Nicaragua’s first lady, Rosario Murillo, known for her abundant jewelry and large wardrobe.

Photos taken March 2015 (Nikon D7000).

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