Transport

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Transport
Nicaragua is a country of wonderful and diverse destinations, some popular, others little known and there are several, even completely unexplored. Getting to them is always possible, but you should know some useful references for how to move in this land of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams; volcanoes, mountains and ravines; of cities, towns and villages; tropical jungles, forests and plantations.Then read the basic tips for touring this beautiful and interesting country.

Before the details, we want to give very practical advice: if you do not know how to get somewhere, ask! Rarely you will find Nicaraguans who do not meet their common character of immense kindness. Always ask to have doubts, and if possible, ask more than one person, especially in rural areas (people always provides assistance kindly, but many can only provide estimates and not exact data, so it is best to ask more than one person).

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Directions: Benchmarks
Attention! Orientate in Nicaragua through addresses in cities, towns or rural areas can be a little confusing for foreign visitors. It is advisable to know how to interpret the “original” form of address in this country. Nicaraguans are already familiar with this system, so do not need to read the following two párrafos.En throughout Nicaragua, urban and rural addresses do not respond to a real numerical order, if not, a simple order of references. That is, the Nicaraguan addresses located somewhere in relation to its distance from any point of well-known or visually identifiable reference. These references are generally monuments or buildings (religious, state, private, commercial centers, banks, etc.), but so are sometimes trees, hills, bridges, and even buildings that no longer exist.Distance measurements also vary: in Nicaragua not only the “metro” or “kilometer” is used. Nicaraguan understand directions is not difficult, so we recommend to foreign visitors read about these and other details in our section addresses.
Roads and Land Transport Routes            Public transportation
Nicaragua is crisscrossed by broad or narrow roads in good condition or damaged, dirt roads and easy movement or other seemingly impassable. In order to achieve the beautiful and varied parts of the country, it is necessary not only know how to get there, but also what kind of track will be faced.In Nicaragua there are no extensive multi-lane highways that allow travel from region to region at high speeds. The most important route is the Panamerican Highway, which runs through many of the countries of the continent, and Nicaragua runs from its northern border with Honduras to its southern border with Costa Rica, passing on their way by major cities and towns of tourist attraction.
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At some points, the Pan American can be extended to several lanes (occurs at the entrance of some major cities), but most of the journey up two lanes, each with an opposite direction of movement. The whole road is in very good condition, except for some small sections that can be repaired. With it the departments of Madriz, Esteli, Matagalpa, Managua, Carazo and Rivas is scrolled.Generally, the roads connecting major cities are in good condition, although you may find small segments or even alternative roads that need to decrease speed enough, because they are not in such good condition.

Other roads have never known asphalt or paving stones, however, you should know that these are often dirt roads which lead to many interesting destinations such as beautiful beaches little known or lush nature reserves. These sandy or stony paths can be easily circulation, but there are also very irregular conditions (winter, many dirt roads suffer the ravages of storm currents). In order to reach many beautiful destinations in Nicaragua it is necessary to use high double transmission vehicles, to address especially the mud and sloping roads.

Transport: How to move from one destination to another destination Public transport Private transport
Both to move within cities, and to move from one destination to another in the same or different regions in Nicaragua are available various means of transport, collective and individual, comprising urban and intercity buses (or inter-local), taxis, motorcycle taxis , toritos or caponiers (bicycle taxi for 2 passengers).
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City buses usually do not have many facilities around the country. The units most commonly seen in the city of Managua are (former school) yellow buses, among others. In other cities, also provide this service camioncitos roofed with passenger area.In the city of Managua, the network of urban buses is quite broad. They are recognized to buses by the number exhibiting with signs (or painted on the body), which indicates the route followed (in other cities use landmarks on their labels, plus numbers). The places where they make their stop may be a sign indicating which routes pass by. There is not much information available on these routes, so we repeat, always be encouraged to ask Nicaraguans; also be encouraged to ask bus drivers to tell it where you must descend to reach their destination.
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Usually, urban buses only stop at bus stops if someone tells them to stop (do not stop if they deem it necessary). So, whether you want to take it or lose it, think about preventing the driver with signs or words.Intercity buses are always taken at bus terminals or city or town. These buses can be ordinary: big buses, cheaper ticket, plus travel time and make frequent stops on their journey; or express buses: smaller buses (and more comfortable, usually), passage a little more expensive, faster to reach their destination, but are “express”, also make frequent stops. You can read information on schedules, destinations and prices of intercity bus transportation in our section.

In big cities, taxis are means of fast, comfortable and fairly inexpensive mobilization. These do not have a meter (or meter), so prices are calculated and negotiated by distance. A useful tip: if you do not look or Nicaraguan accent, most likely will get higher than normal prices, but think you can always negotiate (ask any local person as is an average price to go to such a place to such other taxi ).

Ports: pathways in water
Two ocean coasts in the Pacific and the Caribbean, its lakes, lagoons, estuaries and rivers, make necessary in Nicaragua aquatic means of transport. Although these means of sea, river and lake mobilization are not expanded or developed, you will always find a way to reach the many beautiful islands, natural creeks and pristine beaches in the country.Both on the Caribbean coast and in the Pacific there are international ports. However, the only two ports are experiencing tourist reception on the Pacific coast: San Juan del Sur in the south, and the port of Corinto in the north.

There are so many seaports or piers useful to move from one destination to another within the country’s waters. In the Pacific there is a private marina, and in the many small fishing villages can get transportation to other destinations such as estuaries and Juan Venado Island and Islets Cosigüina. In the Caribbean there is a municipal and other private dock in Bluefields Bay, where you can get boats or pangas to reach the idyllic Corn Islands, Pearl Lagoon and kay Rama.

The immense Lake Nicaragua is furrowed by very few vessels. There is a port in the city of Granada from where a boat to the south end, which stops at the port of Altagracia (on the island of Ometepe), in the towns of Morrito, San Miguelito and ends in the city of San Carlos (from here you can take pangas to know the archipelago of Solentiname). The other port of Ometepe in Moyogalpa, is connected with the city of San Jorge, Rivas, for several boats and a ferry (the ferry is currently disabled). And in the Port of Asese, in the Granada coast, you can also get boats and pangas to tour the Islets of Granada.
As for river transportation, all major rivers in the country have public transport vessels. In the San Juan River, the city of San Carlos has a port where boats or pangas to go to the historical site of El Castillo are taken, Life Refuge Bartola, the vast Nature Reserve Indio-Maiz, and the port in the Caribbean Greytown (or Greytown). In the area of the Caribbean coast it is also the port of El Rama, from where boats take to cross the river interesting Escondido and reach Bluefields.

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The immense Lake Nicaragua is furrowed by very few vessels. There is a port in the city of Granada from where a boat to the south end, which stops at the port of Altagracia (on the island of Ometepe), in the towns of Morrito, San Miguelito and ends in the city of San Carlos (from here you can take pangas to know the archipelago of Solentiname). The other port of Ometepe in Moyogalpa, is connected with the city of San Jorge, Rivas, for several boats and a ferry (the ferry is currently disabled). And in the Asese port in Granada coast, you can also get boats and pangas to tour the Islets of Granada.As for river transportation, all major rivers in the country have public transport vessels. In the San Juan River, the city of San Carlos has a port where boats or pangas to go to the historical site of El Castillo are taken, Life Refuge Bartola, the vast Nature Reserve Indio-Maiz, and the port in the Caribbean Greytown (or Greytown). In the area of the Caribbean coast it is also the port of El Rama, from where boats take to cross the river interesting Escondido and reach Bluefields.
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Nicaragua has an International Airport and four airfields for local flights, which allow connecting the Pacific with the Rio San Juan and the Caribbean.International Airport is located in the city of Managua, at kilometer 11 of the North Road. Here comes direct flights or scales from different countries of Latin America and the United States. Europe and other parts of the world visitors come for connecting flights. From this airport flights also depart the various domestic airports.

Small airports receive aircraft with some monthly. These airfields are located in the south, in the City of San Carlos, Rio San Juan; in the area of Triangulo Mineiro (center RAAN); in the north of the Caribbean, in the city of Puerto Cabezas (Bilwi or); and in the south of the Caribbean, in the city of Bluefields. Projects exist in other local airports, which will soon connect other areas and country destinations.

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How to drive a four wheel drive vehicle
In old car models, it is difficult to change a simple pull double. In these cases the driver will have to manually adjust some aspects of the tires, which will take time and requires the driver to exit the vehicle. However, in most modern vehicles, change from one form to another is much easier to handle.
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The car rental agencies generally have new and modern equipped with these mechanisms. To illustrate the process, we have described the process for a Mitsubishi Montero. Please keep in mind that is similar in other cars, but depending on the brand may be some differences.The Mitsubishi Montero has four management options.

Below is an overview of these options, including the description given by Mitsubishi.

Option Description
2H (2WD) Road dry pavement
4H (Full-Time 4WD) dry or slippery paved road
4HLc (Center differential lock engaged 4WD) rough, sandy or snow-covered road
4LLc (Low-range center differential lock engaged 4WD) Low speed handling that require high power
To smooth roads no need for a double traction and the vehicle can run on standard 2H. In this case, only the rear wheels move. In addition, most of the four-wheel drive vehicles have two or three additional options. Mitsubishi Montero in three different options. The above description briefly explains when to use each function. Obviously, there is no snow in Nicaragua, which causes the option to be used 4HLc less frequently.In general, if the road is slippery (eg caused by mud or rain) and the car needs more grip, then it is better to use four-wheel drive. In the rainy season the streets experience this situation. In the case of 4HLc it is useful to acquire control unpaved roads that are covered by a thick layer of sand. The last option, 4LLc, is considered the most powerful; if the road is very slippery and there is enough chance of losing control, this option should be used. The same option is also useful to climb sloping streets, but if they are not, therefore, be sufficient to use the 4H.An example to use four-wheel drive is in the Mombacho volcano; here the first part requires using 4H option, then the path becomes more and more inclined and it becomes necessary to use the 4LLc. It is important to note that when going downhill requires the same functions as when climbing.
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To change function, the vehicles come with an additional lever. Along with the lever general changes that can change speeds, there is another smaller lever that allows the driver to quickly switch between handling options. Although it is possible to change function while driving, it is always useful to make the change when it is parked. There are some differences to change the option, but usually the driver will have to hold down the clutch and then move the shift lever to another position. After releasing the clutch and accelerate a bit, on the board a light indicating which option has been put to work will be on.Finally, it is useful that the rental agency shows the various options and methods. The vehicle manual will also explain the process further.

Although there are many alternatives that do not require the use of a four wheel drive vehicle, there are many beautiful places difficult for a vehicle of this type is necessary. This simple process allows many people to handle these vehicle.

For the car rental service contract also we offer driver as an additional option.

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