• Useful Information Nicaragua

    VISAS And PASSPORTS:

     

    To enter Nicaragua you are required to present your passport, which has been valid for a minimum of 6 months. You also have to enter with return trip tickets.

     

    Some nationalities require visas. You can consult the list at: http://www.visitanicaragua.com/gen_lista_visas.php.

     

     

    FEES:

     

    Entrance requires the cash purchase of a $5 tourist card.

     

     

    CURRENCY:

     

    Although the official currency is the Cordoba, most business and tourist places accept US Dollars ($ US).

     

    1 €= 30 C; 1 $= 23 C

     

     

    TIPS:

     

    Tipping is not required, but we suggest you leave a 10% tip over your consumption.

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    - Official language: Spanish. English is spoken in tourist areas and the principal cities.

     

    - Other languages: Miskite, Rama and  Sumo.

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: NI

     

     

    AREA CODE: +505

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 volts, 60 Hertz. European appliances require an adaptor.

     

     

    HOUR:

     

    GMT -6 HOURS.

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    Nicaragua has tropical climate with a mean temperature of 25º C. in the central zone the temperature is around 5ºC lower and around 10ºC lower in the highlands. The rainy season is from May through October.

     

     

    EMERGENCIES: 118 / 126

     

     

    TOURISM OFFICES:

     

    Oficina de Promoción Turística de Centroamérica (CATA)

    (The Central American Office of Tourism Promotion)

    ADDRESS: c/ Capitán Haya, 56-1ºD. 28020 Madrid (España)

    Telephone: (+34) 91 572 08 54 // 55

    e-mail: info@visitcentroamerica.com

    Web: www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Instituto Nicaragüense de Turismo (INTUR) (Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism)

    Centro de Información Turística CIT (Tourist Information Centre)

    Address: Hotel Crowne 1c. Al sur, 1c.abajo. Managua

    Telephone: (+505) 2254 - 5191

    email: cit@intur.gob.ni

    Web: www.visitanicaragua.com

     

    Cámara Nacional de Turismo de Nicaragua (CANATUR) (Nicaraguan National Chamber of Tourism)

    Restaurant la Marseillaise, 50 m al Este. Edificio de la Cámara Española Nicaragüense. Managua

    Telephone: (+505) 2270 - 2587

    Web: www.canatur-nicaragua.org

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES:

     

    Spain

    Address: Avenida Central, 13. Las Colinas. Managua.

    POBox: 284

    Telephone: (+505) 2276 – 0966 // 68 //69

    Fax: (+505) 2276 - 0937

    email: emb.managua@maec.es

     

    The United Kingdom

    Address: Plaza Churchill Reparto Los Robles. Apartado A 169. Managua

    Telephone: (+505) 2278 - 0014 // (+505) 2278 - 0887

    Fax: (+505) 2278 - 4085

     

    Italy

    Address: De la Estatua de Montoya, 1. Cuadra al lago. Managua

    Telephone: (+505) 666 - 486 // (+505) 2266 - 2961

    Fax: (+505) 2278 - 4085

    email: italdipl@tmx.com.ni; embitaliasegr@cablenet.com.ni

     

    Germany

    Address: Bolonia, de la Rotonda El Güegüense 1 1/2 c. al lago.

    Telephone.: (+505) 2266 - 3917

    Fax: (+505) 2266 - 7667

    email: alemania@ibw.com.ni

     

    France

    Address: De la Iglesia del Carmen 1 c. 1/2 abajo; AP 1227. Managua

    Telephone.: (+505) 2222 - 6210

    Fax: (+505)2268 - 5630

    email: info@ambafrance-ni.org

    Web: www.ambafrance-ni.org/-Espanol-

     

    If you are coming from Europe you don’t need any vaccinations, unless you have been do an endemic country previously.

     

    Even so, we recommend that you visit the Health Ministry web page for more information:
    www.msc.es/profesionales/

     

     

    AIRPORTS, PORTS AND HIGHWAYS:

     

    Airports:

     

    Nicaragua has an International Airport; the Augusto C. Sandino (MGA) International Airport , 11 km from Managua. It also has local airports for national flights: the Bilwi Airport (PUZ), the Bonanza (BZA) Airport, the Bluefields (BEF) Airport, the Corn Island (RNI) Airport, the Waspam (WSP) Airport, the San Carlos (NCR) Airport and the  San Juan de Nicaragua Airport that can be used to visit some of the tourist attractions of the country.

     

    •  Augusto C. Sandino (MGA) International Airport

    Address: km. 11 North Highway, Managua

    Telephone: (+505) 2233 – 1624 // 28

    Web: www.eaai.com.ni/

     

    •  Puerto Cabezas or Bilwi Airport (PUZ)

    In the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN)

     

    •  Bonanza Airport (BZA)

    In the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN)

     

    •  Waspam Airport (WSP)

    In the Northern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN)

     

    •  Bluefields Airport (BEF)

    In the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region  (RAAS)

     

    •  Corn Island Airport (RNI)

    In the Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS)

     

    •  San Carlos Airport (NCR)

    On the San Juan River

     

    Contact La Costeña (www.lacostena.com.ni ó (+505) 2263 – 2142) offering established routes to different tourist destinations around the country.

     

     

    By sea:

     

    Nicaragua has several ports, both maritime and lakeside, which facilitate transportation for coming to the country as well as moving about in it. Port Corinto, on the Northern Pacific coast and the Port of San Juan del Sur, on the Southern Pacific coast are the most important of them and are equipped to receive Cruise ships from Europe and different parts of the Americas.

     

    To get to the island of Ometepe from San Jorge there is a ferry service with frequent sailings, and the trip takes about an hour. You can also get there from Granada and San Carlos, but departures are less frequent. To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at:  www.epn.com.ni/Itinerarios_Cocibolca.pdf.

     

    To get to the Solentiname archipelago, you can take a ferry from Granada to San Carlos and from there, a private launch to the archipelago, since public transportation is quite sporadic. More information at: hcp.nicaragua-info.com/archipelago/llegar.html .

     

    To get to Corn Island you can take a 30-minute launch from Bluefields to Corn Island through River Escondido or you can take the ferry to El Bluff. More information at: www.living-history-nicaragua.com/horarios-de-barcos-costa-atlantica-nicaragua.html.

     

    If you want to go to Costa Rica by water, you can take a launch from San Carlos on río Frío to the border territory of Los Chiles.(Costa Rica).

     

    Highways:

     

    If you prefer travelling by motor vehicle, the most important highway in Nicaragua is the Inter-American Highway that runs the length of the country from the border with Honduras to that of Costa Rica, passing through important tourist destinations. However, some highways are narrow and unpaved, and we recommend using tourist companies who will take care of your transportation.

     

     

    TRAVEL ADVICE:

     

    Travel insurance, high protection sun block, sun glasses, mosquito repellent, raincoat (if you go in the rainy season), light cotton clothing, avoid dark colours, especially if you go in the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, flashlight, swimwear, jacket and sweater, because in the highlands it can be chilly; also take Airport small first aid kit including a stomach protection and serum.

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