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If you have any queries at all, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

 

Visa Requirements
Citizens of most countries don’t need a visa to visit Nicaragua; you just need to pay the tourist card (US $ 5) when arriving in Nicaragua (airport or borders).

 

Electrical current: 110 volts, standard American plugs are used.


Should I drink the tap water?
While locals will comfortably drink local tap water, but because it will be very different than what you are used to in your home country, we suggest you to buy bottled water for drinking. If you purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, wash them with water before eating.


Health Considerations
You should check with a medical health professional in your home country, about what medications are advised for a trip to Nicaragua. Usually Hepatitis A, Tetanus and Typhoid are recommended, with Diptheria, Malaria and Rabies protection sometimes recommended, depending in what circumstances you will be traveling and the regions to be visited.  Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended. There has been an increase in reported cases of dengue fever; to help avoid mosquito bites, cover up and use repellent. There are occasional cases of cholera.

 

 

 

Telephone, fax, internet
Internet cafes are available in most towns and hotels. Wireless internet is now common in most upmarket hotels, as well as many restaurants and cafes.  
Direct-dial telephone service, facsimile, telex, radio and cable television are all available. Bilingual operator assistance for international calls is: 116, local information: 112, long distance information: 124.


What are the taxes in Nicaragua?
Travelers must be at the airport two hours before departure. There is a departure tax of US$32.00 to leave on an international flight.
There is a 15% sales tax at hotels, restaurants, rental cars and most service industries, and an additional 10 % for service will be added at your restaurant and bar tab at expensive restaurants. Check whether your tour package includes the 15% goods and services charge.  There is no IGV (goods and services tax)


Tips  - 10 to 15% is customary in hotels and restaurants. This is sometimes included in the bill. Tips vary and depend on the traveller's satisfaction with the quality of the service rendered. Though all operators and staff who work or contract for us are paid a fair wage, they still do appreciate tips.   We believe that ultimately, tipping should be dependent on the quality of the service that you received and not an obligation.

 

Safety tips
While "out and about" we suggest you leave your passport and the bulk of your money, credit cards etc in the safe deposit box of your hotel. Only take with you the money you intend to spend. Carry a photocopy of the picture page of your passport for ID purposes

 

What is the time zone in Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is the same as U.S. Central Standard Time, but does not observe daylight savings time. Sun rise is around 5.30. am, sunset about 6.15. am all year long.


What are the business hours?

Most banks are open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and do not close for lunch. Governments offices are open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Stores and other businesses in shopping centers and malls are open from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Most restaurants open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. Most commercial business open from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Gifts If you wish to bring a gift from your home country please bring something useful, simple and not too expensive. Hats and t-shirts are good gifts.   Try to think about the impact you’re your gift is making for example, Remote Peruvian communities still function using "ayni" - the idea of "today for me, tomorrow for you". If you give lots of things (or lots of tourists over a period give a little) then it breaks down the traditional concept of ayni - that is, that exchanges should be reciprocal. Therefore while it is nice to give - also consider the long term implications and what it means for these traditional communities.


Sharing info about your home country Many people collate small photographs or information about their lives in their home country. We encourage this very important cultural sharing, however, really analyse what you show people. Pictures of your brother with his brand new car, the family on a ski holiday or your sister in an elaborate debutante dress in some ways only emphasise difference, rather than generate solidarity. Pictures of your house (no matter how moderate it is by Western standards) will probably emphasise that you are "rich" by Nicaraguan standards.

 

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Women travellers
Nicaragua is fine to travel as a woman, as long as you dress conservatively.  (ie cover your knees and shoulders/chest). Even if you are dressed conservatively, expect to get ‘cat calls’ in the street where men will leer or call suggestively. This is just part of Nicaraguan culture and they do it to Nica girls as well.  If this makes you uncomfortable then ensure you are dressed conservatively, keep your eyes down and keep walking. Do not engage with the cat-caller in any way as this could create confrontation.  Do not go out alone at night without friends (preferably male).


Feedback
Your guide should give you a feedback form to complete on the final day. We would greatly appreciate if you could take the time to complete this form and give us your impressions of your journey.
If we don't receive this form, we will email you for your comments.
It is most imp
ortant that we have your feedback on all aspects of the journey.

 

 

 

We are based in Granada, Nicaragua. For further information please email reservas@explore-central-america.com we are best contacted by email. we will respond within 48 hours of your enquiry, if not sooner. OR phone (505) 8447 8814 (spanish) or (505) 8982 8099 (english)

 

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