Tipitapa

 

What sounds like an idyllic, colorful village and can sometimes be mistaken for Takatuka is actually a suburb of Managua, the Nicaraguan capital. Exactly how many people live in Tipitapa is unclear, estimates vary between 80,000 and 120,000, more than 60 percent of whom are children and adolescents.

 

 

Tipitapa is known for its prison, which is why many Nicaraguans warn against driving to this city. In fact, the crime rate in Tipitapa is higher than in most other cities in the country; there are many more attractive tourist cities whose streets are better guarded and secured. Tipitapa is by no means more dangerous than the capital or other suburbs if you follow certain precautions and avoid dangerous neighborhoods.

 

Apart from a volcanic thermal bath with sulfur sauna, open-air jukebox and hot swimming pools on the river, the city does not have much to offer tourists. The cultural offer for children and young people on site is also poor, too expensive or only possible through an uncomfortable and unsafe bus trip to the capital. That is why the library “La Casita del Árbol” was founded here in 2006. On the one hand, it should offer Tipitapa's residents the opportunity to continue their cultural education free of charge, but it also represents an important meeting point for children and young people: a place to play, do handicrafts, and practice and learning.