Traveling by air, American Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta are the three most important US airlines arriving and departing daily to/from Managua. They fly direct to Miami, Houston, Atlanta and connect to the rest of the USA. Taca and Copa Airlines are also offering direct flights from Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York. Also, European companies such as Iberia, Air France or Lufthansa fly in combination with the regional company Taca.
Traveling by land, passengers can arrive from Costa Rica or from Honduras crossing the border. Most travelers arrive with bus transportation services which are traveling daily at different times of the day. Main borders are “Peñas Blancas” with Costa Rica and “El Guasaule” with Honduras. Note that passing land border takes time, especially during the vacation season (Christmas/New year and Easter week). Also proper documentation must be presented in order to facilitate your crossing.
To enter Nicaragua at the international airport or from any other country, the visitor must present a valid passport (which does not expire for at least six months). For all nationalities a US$10.00 tourist card must be purchased upon entry (subject to change). If you wish to extend your stay in Nicaragua longer than the allowed time (90 days) a visitor can request an extension at the immigration office in Managua. To leave Nicaragua by air at the International Airport, there is currently a departure tax of US $35.00 (subject to change). Entry visas are not required for U.S. and European Citizens. Please consult us for restrictions to some specific countries.
Whether in the cities or in the countryside, you will find Nicaraguans to be friendly, helpful, and accommodating hosts. Some expect otherwise, but Nicaragua is actually one of the safest countries in Latin America. As with traveling in other developing nations, basic precautions should be taken.
Don’t walk through dark places at night, keep an eye on all your belongings in public, and don’t carry excessive amounts of cash. If your credit cards are lost, immediately notify your credit card company representative. A hotel taxi is the safest private transportation, but one can also call for a taxi from some taxi cooperative companies. It is safer to carry a photocopy of your passport, and use the original only when entering or leaving the country.
When traveling with ORO Travel, our tour-guides are well experienced and will be aware of these basic precautions so that you can fully enjoy your vacation in Nicaragua.
Roads are in good shape in most part of the country, especially main roads, like the Pan-American Highway, or roads leading to/from the capital. Secondary roads are usually gravel or clay. Some of them are impassable all year without four-wheel drive. Others are only passable with four-wheel drive vehicles during the wet season. Check with us to be sure you will reserve the right vehicle for your travel in our country. We also recommend avoiding night driving because of the additional hazards it presents (animals crossing, children playing, vehicles and bicycles without lights or reflectors, etc.). If you rent a car during your journey, note that fuel is measured in liters and distance in kilometers. The price for one liter of gasoline is approximately $1.30 and for diesel $1.18 (Jan 2014).
When asking for directions in cities and towns, it is common to receive instructions in blocks (cuadras) and in relation to local landmarks (central park, church, significant shops).
As written in the section "climate," we have two distinct seasons. The dry season in Nicaragua is an advantage for travelers to get good weather, overall warm temperatures during the day, pleasant at night and low humidity.
The wet season in Nicaragua, also called the green season, is also pleasant for traveling, because the vegetation is lush and for the nature enthusiast, more wildlife can be observed. Rain usually falls at the end of the afternoon or during the night as a short but heavy tropical shower. It is advised to pack light clothing, comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, swim-wear, sun protection - including hat, flashlight, binoculars and camera. Also, ask your primary physician about Malaria pills and make sure you are up-to-date with regular vaccinations. No inoculations are required upon entry but we recommend that you check with your tropical health institute or the CDC at http://www.cdc.gov before departure. Purified drinking water is available in all cities, hotels, gas stations and restaurants.
Electricity is 110-120 volt. International telecommunications are possible from all but Nicaragua’s most remote regions. Internet connections are available in major cities. There are many cyber-cafes with full service internet connections in Managua, Granada, León and other towns.
1) Nicaragua Handbook written by Richard Leonardi, Edition Footprint
2) Moon Handbook / Nicaragua written by Joshua Berman and Randy Wood
1) Nicaragua – “Ein Land mit Herz” von Isabel und Miguel Ramos, Schardt-Verlag, ISBN 3-89841-294-6, erhältig in Buchhandel sowie bei Amazon
2) Reise Handbuch Nicaragua, by Veronika Schmidt, Conrad Stein Verlag.
Le Petit Fute – Nicaragua
Note that our country and its infrastructure are changing very fast and that most travel guides are not updated. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to receive the accurate and valid information you might need.
To call to Nicaragua, use the international access of your country, then (505) and finally the telephone number with 8 digits. To call inside Nicaragua, only use the local number of eight digits. There is no need to add a (0) in front of the 8 digits. To make an international phone call, use the telephone company "Enitel” available in any city or town or the easiest way is through internet cafe. To phone outside the country, dial (00) or use an international operator for collect calls, such as:
- For United States 1 800 0164
- For Spain 1 800 0162
- For England 1 800 0169