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The city of Rivas is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lake of Nicaragua (Cocibolca), and is known for its year round tropical weather, nice people, and is often known as the city of mangos due to its abundant mango tree population. The location of Rivas is excellent as it is situated along the Panamericana Highway, which allows for easy travel access to other cities within Nicaragua as well as to the border crossing with Costa Rica. It is also conveniently located just a few kilometers away from the Port of San Gorge which is a local attraction with beaches on shores of Lake Nicaragua and also location of local transportation to the Island of Ometepe via daily ferry rides. Rivas is a great place to stay due to the convenient location as it is centrally surrounded to many of the most renowned tourist destination in Nicaragua including many different beaches, volcanoes,  and cities with great colonial architecture.

At the center of the city like many other colonial cities, one can find the centrally located park called “Evaristo Carazo.” Here one can find local artisanal crafts, traditional food and the very popular rosquilla rivense. Near the park is also the church of San Pedro which is the third cathedral with spanish influence in Nicaragua. There is also a central market nearby where you can find many different tropical fruits, fresh vegetables, meats and seafood. Near the central market area one can find the local bus station which is the bus terminal for buses arriving from Managua and other cities in Nicaragua. Overall the city of Rivas can provide tourist with a variety of amenities and services including various supermarkets, various commercial plazas, a variety of shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, dance clubs, internet cafes, hospital, pharmacies, banks and ATM’s as well as other specific tourist oriented services. The prices of lodging can vary between $8 to $80 USD per night.

An interesting characteristic of the city of Rivas is that it has 1,000 pedicabs for transportation, making Rivas one of the least polluting cities and allowing it to have a positive environmental impact through local transportation methods. It is also noteworthy to mention that as a city Rivas has been able to maintain its identity. Rivas has been lucky to maintain its colonial cultural identity due to the lack of foreign investment and as a result will provide tourist with a unique experience. From the moment you arrive in the colonial of Rivas, you will feel and experience Nicaragua at the local level and be able to interact and experience the culture, gastronomy and the Nicaraguan style of living. The people of Rivas are known as very hospital and friendly towards foreigners.


Rivas cultural activities

Every Saturday in (the city of) Rivas cultural activities take place, such as traditional dances, (karaoke) singing, live mariachi and marimba music. There are vendors selling refreshments like chicha, a typical Nicaraguan drink. Also people can enjoy a gourmet food fair where families and visitors can try the different national dishes made my the people of Rivas and other Nicaraguan cities. There are artisans selling clothes and other things made in Nicaragua. At night, there are cultural and theatrical presentations, for which Rivas is famous. If you would like to know more about Nicaraguan life, food, and culture you can visit the family friendly fairs every Saturday from 10 in the morning until 10 at night.


Rivas, Nicaragua


During the tour of Rivas you will hear a lot about how chief Nicarao, leader of indigenous peoples, met the frist Spanish Conquistadores here in Rivas(San Jorge) area in 1522 and you will also have the opportunity to visit the monument of chief Nicarao located next to road to San Jorge, Rivas.


San Jorge , Rivas

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On September 15th, five Central American nations: 
Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, 
and Nicaragua.

On this day in 1821, Central American leaders 
accepted a plan declaring the five nations free 
from Spain.
Every year on September 15  Nicaragua organises 
the Act of Independence of Central America 
is read in all state schools and are present 
demostrations of their cultural art to the public.
This ends the series of activities for the 
Independence Day celebrations.

Founded in 1975, located in an old colonial farm house which is one of the oldest buildings in Rivas. This house was the first house taken by the Norte Americano filibuster and soldier of fortune, William Walker, when he tried to take control over Nicaragua.Now the building hosts a museum with interesing expositions in several rooms.

The Rivas museum  displays many ancient artifacts from the Rivas area as wel as those found on Ometepe Island, Which is a literal treasure trove pre-columbian history.



The churches in Rivas have some of the finest examples of colonial architecture and barroco interiors in all of Nicaragua. San Pedro church in the central park. Myth tells us that, many years ago for safety and escaped purpose , there was a very long tunnel built which leads from the church San Francisco Church-and then beyond. it is said that over three million eggs were used in lieu of concrete mix in the construction of San Pedro. besides being an excellent example  of colonial period architecture while distinctively different from San Pedro.San Francisco church it is said that an indian face was painted on the church by on of the workers, who was an indigenous(indian)- and this face points towards a treasure.

San Pedro church




San Francisco church