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 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR THE TRIP
 
• How to Travel to Nicaragua • Visa and Enter Formalities • Is it safe to travel in Nicaragua?
• What to bring? • Travel Guides • Assistance
 

HOW TO TRAVEL TO NICARAGUA Top

Traveling by air, American Airlines, Continental Airlines are the two most important US airline companies arriving and departing daily to / from Managua. They fly direct to Miami and Houston 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 companys such as Iberia, Air France or Lufthansa fly in combination with the local company Taca. Tikal Jet from Guatemala is also flying to Managua via Honduras.

Traveling by land, passengers can cross into Nicaragua from Costa Rica at the main Peñas Blancas border crossing, or from Honduras at El Guasaule. Most travelers arrive with well-known bus services traveling daily at different hours. Note that crossing borders takes time, especially during the vacation season (Christmas / New Year's and Easter week). Also you'll need proper documentation in order to cross.

 
VISA AND ENTER FORMALITIES Top

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 $5.00 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) you can request an extension at the immigration office in Managua. A departure tax of US $35.00 (subject to change) is currently required to leave Nicaragua by air at the international airport.

Entry visas are not required for U.S. and European citizens. Please check with us for restrictions for specific countries.

 
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL IN NICARAGUA? Top

Whether in the cities or in the countryside, you will find Nicaraguans to be friendly, helpful, and accommodating hosts. Contrary to what some may expect, 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 cooperatives.

It is safer to carry a photocopy of your passport and use the  original only when entering or traveling. Our tour guides are well-experienced and aware of these basic precautions, so you can fully enjoy your vacation in Nicaragua.

 
WHAT TO BRING? Top

Pack light clothes for your travel. The highland areas can be cooler, so pack a sweater if you are going there.

We have two different seasons: dry and rainy. The dry season has the advantage of good weather for traveling, with overall warm temperatures during the day. The rainy season, also called the green season, makes for exciting traveling as well, as the vegetation is much lusher and wildlife is easier to spot - a real plus for the nature enthusiast! Rain usually falls at the end of the afternoon or during the night as short, heavy tropical showers. You are advised to pack light clothing, comfortable and sturdy walking shoes, a swimsuit, sunblock; don't forget a hat, flashlight, binoculars and camera (including film- it's expensive here). Also, ask your doctor about malaria pills and make sure you are up-to-date on regular vaccinations.

 
TRAVEL GUIDES Top

For those who would like more specific information about our country to help prepare for the trip, we recommend the following travel literature:

For English speakers:
- Nicaragua Handbook, by Richard Leonardo, Footprint Publishers
- Moon  Handbook  /  Nicaragua,  by Joshua  Berman  and  Randy  Wood  (latest edition  October 2005)

For German speakers:
Reise  Handbuch  Nicaragua,  by  Veronika Schmidt, Conrad Stein Verlag.
Nicaragua, by Klaus Wiesner Reise-Know-- How-Verlag Peter Rump (Publication programmed for the end of 2006)

For French speakers:
Le Petit Fute - Nicaragua

Note that our country and its infrastructure are changing very fast and that most travel guides are not up-to-date.  Do not hesitate to get in touch with us for any accurate and valid information you might need. Before traveling, check our Nicaraguagetaway.com site for any extra news or additional information about your destination.

 
ASSISTANCE Top

Nicaragua Getaway will assist you at any time. Also, we strongly suggest that our guests take out insurance against theft/ personal injury/loss or damage to baggage-- it's well worth your peace of mind, and Nicaragua Getaway regrettably cannot assume responsibility. We hope that you choose Nicaragua for your next vacation destination and Nicaragua Getaway will be looking forward to seeing you here in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes!!

 

 

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