What to Expect
Expect the unexpected in Nicaragua!
Nicaragua is the 2nd poorest country in the western hemisphere but the people are warm, welcoming and grateful for what they have. It is the safest country in Central America according to statistic,s and has many laws which are similar to North American laws, such as distracted driving laws (no cell use while driving), mandatory seatbelt use for front seated passengers, etc.
Finding your way around is a challenge, as there are few addresses and almost no street names. For instance, our office address in Chinandega is: Pali, 2.5 Cuadra oeste, which translates to: find the grocery store "Pali" and go 2.5 blocks west. There are no numbers on buildings, but there are sometimes signs.
The Pan-American highway is a great road, shared by every mode of transportation imaginable. Don't be in a hurry, and be wary at night for roaming livestock. Best to let us drive you on your first visit.
Internet and Mobile Technology
Cell phone and internet service are readily available in Nicaragua and much cheaper than in North America. Our recommendation is to bring your "unlocked" smartphone and get a local "SIM" card here. If you let us know in advance what kind of SIM card your phone takes, we will have it waiting for you upon arrival at the front desk of your hotel. We will send you the number in advance of your trip, so you can share it as your contact number.
Phone calls to North America are cheap and you can also get data for $1.50 per day, so emails, texting and keeping in touch with friends and family is easy. You can also purchase a local cell phone in Nicaragua, starting at $15 dollars if you wish, for calls or texting.