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Where is Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is located in Central America, bordering with Honduras to the north and south by Costa Rica. To the east is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. With a population of 5 million people (1.5 million in the capital Managua) over an area of 129,494 km2.

Is it safe to travel to Nicaragua?
For years, the country's reputation internationally has been affected by his political past tormented until 1990. However, Nicaragua became since many years a quiet country, peaceful and safe for the traveler like its southern neighbor, Costa Rica.
Nicaraguans welcome the world travelers with open arms. They are friendly people and proud of their country, which is one of the quietest of the continent. We invite you to consult the travel chat rooms to hear from more.

What language do they speak in Nicaragua?
Nicaragua is a multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic country. The official and dominant language is Spanish. Various ethnic groups including the Miskito, Garifuna, the Sumos and Ramas retained their dialect.

Do I need a visa?
No prior visa is required to travel to Nicaragua for the European Community, Canada and the United States, among others. Upon arrival, a tourist visa will be issued 90 days with possibility of extension.

What is the government?
NICARAGUA is an independent republic since 1821 and its leaders are democratically elected every 5 years.

What is the currency and which cards are accepted?
The national currency is the Córdoba. It takes approximately 26 Córdobas for 1 US Dollar as of January 1, 2015. Only US$ is changed unlike all other currencies. Most international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are accepted. In terms of ATM cards (debit), it must have the logo on the back "Plus" or "Cirrus".

Is there a time difference?
There is 7 hours difference with Europe and 1 hour with Montreal, for example. However, the change in DST does not apply, so at that moment of the year, there is 1 more hour of difference.

What is the weather?
In NICARAGUA there are 2 seasons: winter is associated with the rainy season that lasts from May to October aproximately, then summer is the dry season, which lasts from November to April. However, the climate varies depending on the area where you are. For example, in the region of Río San Juan and the Atlantic coast, the rainy season (hurricane season: August to November) is much longer and more substantial. In terms of temperature, Nicaragua's weather varies between 27°C and 32°C during the rainy season, and 30°C to 35°C during the dry season. In the mountains of Matagalpa and Jinotega temperature is much cooler at 15°C to 20°C, so it is necessary to provide warmer clothing.

What is the electrical system?
The sockets are the same as in Canada or the United States and 110 volts are used nationally. For Europeans, remember to bring a 220V-110V adapter for your electronics.

Do I need vaccines against specific diseases?
No vaccinations are required. However, it is recommended to have the shot against tetanus, typhoid, diphtheria and hepatitis A / B. Nicaragua is level 1 as low-risk area on the contraction of malaria. The anti-malaria treatment is optional.

Is the water safe to drink?
It is highly recommended to drink bottled water to avoid "traveller's tummy". You should also pay attention to drinks with ice cubes which are often made with tap water (your guide will beware).

Do I need an insurance?
It is recommended to have insurance that covers you during your stay in Nicaragua.

Are there airport taxes?
Yes, $5 on arrival and $32 when you leave the country.

What about tipping?
It is applied to 10-15%, but is not mandatory.

How do they weigh and measure?
In Nicaragua, distances are metric (meters, kilometers), although for smaller lengths the feet, inches, yards or Spanish colonial term "vara" (about 1 meter) are sometimes used. The weight is mostly in pound and liquids such as gasoline are measured in gallon.

What is the typical dish?
The "gallo pinto" is rice and black beans, served with tortillas or fried plantains, sometimes with meat or cheese.

What is the most practiced religion?
Christianity: Catholic Church and many evangelical groups.

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