The bedroom of Managua, Nicaragua – Diriamba

The bedroom of Managua or the dormitory city – Diriamba is where people live when they cannot afford or do not want to live in Managua.

My interest in Diriamba? It is the closest city to Casares that has stores where groceries,computer parts, and other items are available. Casares is very limited on what they sell in the small pulparias (convenience stores would be the best description) that they have here.

I have found in my travels, that no matter where I am at, there is charm and beauty. Diriamba is no different. Though it has not big museums or nothing of any significance architecturally, it still has its charm.

When I needed a break on Sunday, the Independence Day weekend here, I took a ride up to Diriamba and just walked around.

The town was having a sort of “battle of the bands’ day in the town square. The bands are heavy on drums and glockenspiels, with even a few having trumpets, trombones and saxophones.


Snare drum



Dancers, baton twirllers and flag carriers are part of the group too.






lines of drummers


Since I was already kneeling................


Don't know what these are called


Mimes and dancers - interesting combo

The crowd was not giving the bands any room. They were right on top of them – to the point that the bass drummer would hit viewers with their drumsticks when getting ready to beat the drum again.

I made it into the center by following the band into the crowd. The crowd opened up to let the band it, and I followed right into the middle of it all. Talk about feeling like being in a sardine can – there was very little room for the bands. Less room for me because I had to dodge the drummers, dancers and mimes!


Even if people aren't watching, look good

This took place outside the main church and town square of Diriamba. Small and quiet during normal weekends, this place was hopping and crowded this Sunday!


Main church in Diriamba


Church above the park trees

The town consists of many types of homes, buildings and abandoned structures. This adds to the charm of the city, I think.

Businesses, homes and even the abandoned building all have bars and gates – and not one of them matches any other in town.

With the poverty in Nicaragua, there are still many that ride animals and use them to haul carts.

Wood is still the main fuel for cooking.

Electrical outages and no access to water are not uncommon in any part of Nicaragua. Many times in Casares we have no water or electricity at the hotel. It is just an accepted hassle of living in Nicaragua.

The following pictures, in no particular order, are from my walk through the streets of Diriamba. I came across a street band that was practicing. A man delivering plantains with a horse-drawn cart. Women closing up a make-shift vegetable stand. An old man and his dog.

Just a relaxing stroll looking at things a little differently.


The guy is using a paint can shaking to the music being played


Drummer, in the make shift band playing on the street


Horse drawn cart delivering plantains


Old man and his dog on the streets of Diramba


Women closing up shop on the streets of Diriamba


About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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10 Responses to The bedroom of Managua, Nicaragua – Diriamba

  1. Shirlene from Idelish says:

    Nice job capturing the sights and atmosphere! Looks like an amazing town to visit! Very charming indeed.

  2. Silverboom says:

    Some really good pics there, John. Nice tour of the city, and really captured the feeling of the festival. Thanks for sharing about this more cosmopolitan town. Makes me wonder what Casares is like!!!

  3. stevie says:

    I agree, most pueblos have their own quirky charm. I think it’s because the locals truly care about their town and invest what little resources they have into making it feel like home. They are always so proud of their churches and plazas, and I can’t tell you how many fiestas and processions I’ve been to. It’s seems like every weekend there’s reason to celebrate!

    By the way, I love the picture of the old man and his dog….you should send it to Lorraine Chittook, the woman who writes dog books. Kiki is featured in the latest one! You can find her on my FB page.

    Happy trails!


  4. John Wilson says:

    Thanks Stevie,
    I appreciate the update on your travels and your comment.
    I contacted the lady you mentioned, and will see if she responds back or not.
    Thanks for the compliment on the post.
    Play nice and travel safely.
    John D. WIlson

  5. John Wilson says:

    Hey silverboom,
    Thanks for the compliment on the post.
    I guess Ill have to do walking tour of Casares with my camera to answer your question.
    Be safe and enjoy!
    John D. Wilson

  6. John Wilson says:

    Hey you two!
    Nice little bedroom community – really not much to see as far as “tourist” sites go.
    Like most towns, it does have a bit of unique charm.
    Thanks for the compliment on the post.
    I appreciate you taking the time to read and post a comment.
    John D. Wilson

  7. Laurel says:

    I prefer off beat towns like this one rather than the more popular cities and I love the church, beautiful colors.

  8. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for stopping by Laurel,
    I always find it more interesting off the beaten “tourist” route.
    Thanks for the compliment on the picture.
    Maybe when you’re expat Central America, you can stop by for a visit!
    Really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment – thanks!
    Travel safely, play nice.
    John D. Wilson

  9. Junfil says:

    John, interesting post & photos!:)

  10. John Wilson says:

    Hi Junfil,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Always appreciate comments!
    John D. Wilson

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