Practical information about Nicaragua
Nicaragua is located in the tropical climate belt, and conditions vary greatly from one region to the next. The eastern part of the country is fairly warm and very wet, the temperatures in the central area and western highlands can reach the level of a warm summer’s day in Northern Europe, and the west coast can get very hot indeed.
Weather statistics for Granada (Western Nicaragua):
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Excursions and transfers are conducted in small, international groups led by English-speaking guides.
It is best to travel to Nicaragua in the period from December to May, when the air is warm and dry, and the daytime temperatures are around 30–35°C. The rainy season lasts from July until November. During this period, the air is hot and humid, and the daytime temperatures are around 20–30°C.
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Spanish is the language spoken in Nicaragua, but the people are very helpful and love the chance to use the English words they know. In more rural regions, however, English speakers may be few and far between, which is why we use bilingual (English/Spanish) guides. It is a good idea to end questions and queries with the words ‘por favor’, which mean ‘please’. Another good word to know is ‘gracias’ – which means ‘thank you’ and is sure to prove useful in many situations.
We recommend that you contact a medical specialist, your GP or an authorised vaccination clinic.
Visit the CDC website at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list for more information about vaccinations in Nicaragua.
UK citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days, although in the same way as for other international travel, you must be in possession of a valid passport. The requirements on the validity of the passport may vary, but as a rule of thumb your passport must be valid for at least six months after you return home. However, as these regulations may change from time to time, we recommend that you visit the World Travel Guide website at www.worldtravelguide.net and study the visa information presented there. Of course, you are also welcome to ask us for advice.
The unit of currency in Nicaragua is the cordoba. Go to www.xe.com/currencyconverter/ to view the currently applicable exchange rate. We recommend that you bring some US dollars with you in cash, and then exchange these for local currency at an official bureau de change. Also bring a credit card and make sure to memorise your PIN code. NEVER write your PIN code down! There are cashpoint machines (ATMs) almost everywhere. You can also use most common credit cards at hotels and in many shops and restaurants. Once again, however, the farther out into the country you travel, the harder it may be to use your credit card.
Prices are typically lower in Nicaragua than in the UK and many other European countries. It is usually cheaper to eat out, although you can naturally find drinks and meals in all price classes. Prices are generally also lower outside the large towns and cities. You can normally enjoy a good meal for around EUR 10–15.
In restaurants, you should not usually tip more than 10%. You do not need to tip taxi drivers. However, it is customary for each guest to give the travel guide USD 5 and the bus driver USD 3 per day. Please note that while tipping is always voluntary – i.e. not compulsory – it is customary and usual practice in Latin American countries.
The difference between Central European Time (CET) and the time in Nicaragua varies, depending on whether Europe is on summer or winter time.
Summer time: – 8 hours. This means that when it is noon CET, it is 04.00 in Nicaragua.
Winter time: – 7 hours, when Nicaragua is on daylight saving time.
Mains electricity in Nicaragua is 110/120 V. The plugs have ‘flat’ pins, so you will probably need to bring a travel adapter with you.
The international dialling code for Nicaragua is +505. It can be expensive to call Europe from Nicaragua. Ask your own mobile service provider about coverage and call charges.
There are internet cafés in most large towns and cities, although the connection may not be as fast as you are used to in Europe.
Whenever you travel to a poor country anywhere in the world, it is important to be discreet. It is not a good idea to flaunt your valuables or to leave them unattended. We work exclusively with properly trained, experienced and certified guides, who can always provide you with good advice about safety, and know precisely where it is safe for you to walk/visit. If you follow your guide’s instructions you should always be able to stay out of trouble. As a rule of thumb, take especial care in big cities.
The cuisine in Nicaragua is typical of Central America, featuring plenty of frijoles (beans), tamales (stuffed pancakes boiled in corn leaves), tortillas, rice and corn. The long coastline ensures a steady supply of fresh fish and seafood.
We will send you your flight reservation as soon as you book your trip. You can see times and routes on the itinerary. It is important to check your name for spelling mistakes. The name on the reservation must be exactly as in your passport. If you have any comments on the itinerary or find mistakes in the names, please contact us immediately.
Today, there are only electronic airline tickets (e-tickets), so you do not receive a physical ticket for use at the airport check-in. When you check in at the airport, you use your passport and a booking reference. The booking reference is on your itinerary.
Once you have purchased a tour through us, you will receive our service letter before your departure. The service letter contains important information about online check-in, what to do in the event of a delay, our agreed guidelines for tips, etc. In addition, you will find important telephone numbers for our local agents as well as our emergency telephone number.
So it is important that you print out the service letter and bring it with you.
We recommend that you make a seat reservation on the plane. Many airlines also offer to upgrade reserved tickets for seats with extra space and comfort, e.g. Economy Comfort at KLM and Premium Voyageur at Air France. You can do this through the airline’s website. Most airlines have a point in the menu called “manage my booking”. Please note that many airlines require payment for seat reservation, so you should have your credit/debit card to hand when you get started.
Unfortunately, rules differ as to when seat reservation is opened. We recommend that you try to make a seat reservation as early as possible and you will then know when you can make a seat reservation if it cannot be done right away. It is very common for seat reservation to be opened between 72 and 24 hours before departure.
We work with many different airlines to Nicaragua, so there may be variations in the amount of luggage you are allowed to bring with you as both checked luggage and hand luggage. Check the information about this on your airline ticket, and contact us if you have any questions.
You and your travel companion should pack your luggage so that you can both make do with one item of luggage if the other is lost or delayed. While it is unlikely to happen, the problem may arise. If it does, it may take a few days before your luggage is delivered to the hotel where you are staying.
So make sure to carry all your important, indispensable items in your hand luggage: passport, visa, plane tickets, insurance papers, credit card(s), cash, prescriptions, information about any special medical conditions you may have along with essential medicine, allergy medicine, treatments for sudden stomach problems (such as Imodium) and painkillers (Panodil and/or Ipren, for example). You should also carry your camera, binoculars and other valuables in your hand luggage.
You may find yourself sitting in a draught from the air conditioning in the plane, so make sure to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your hand luggage.
On arrival at the different airports in Nicaragua, you will be met by our local representative who will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a sign bearing your name. You will naturally also be driven to the airport on departure. When you arrive in Nicaragua, you will be given a set of vouchers stating the pick-up times for the different events and excursions.