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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.

Lake Nicaragua or Cocibolca is freshwater lake in Nicaragua, of tectonic origin and with an area of 8,264 km2 (3,191 sq mi), it is the largest lake in Central America the 19th largest lake in the world (by area) and the 9th largest in America, slightly smaller than lake Titicaca, with an elevation of 32.7 metres (107 ft) above sea level, the lake reaches a depth of 26 metres (85 ft). It is intermittently joined by the Tipitapa River to lake Managua.

Nicaraguans call the Lake “Lago Cocibolca” it is the nation’s largest source of freshwater. The lake has sizeable waves driven by the easterly winds blowing west to the Pacific Ocean. The lake holds Ometepe and Zapatera which are both volcanic islands, as well as the archipelago of the Solentiname Islands.



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


The happiness, energy and passion for surf was evident on May 31st during the opening parade of the 2015 World Surfing Games. The parade was hosted by the City of Rivas and the worlds’ best surfers were warmly welcomed by the people of Rivas. Welcome to Nicaragua and Rivas Surfers of the World!