Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely dissimilar experience versus traveling across the US, and travelers and travelers should be aware of that before traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a general rule, there are only a small number paved roads, mostly main highways, and yet those are in bad order. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and rough, filled with potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving in the nation is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their stay in Nicaragua, they should cross the borders at the main border-crossing places, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where a person is killed is immediately arrested until the source of the wreck can be discovered. You should never change a vehicle involved in the car crash until the police get there or the accountability automatically falls on the individual who changed the position of the vehicle.

While the government is devoting funds for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Still the best roads in the nation have dangers that can cause a wreck. Visitors to the nation are intensely directed to have insurance, make sure their vehicle is in full observance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in the countryside. Better yet, tourists are advised to take on a trained driver acquainted with the area in the wilderness and let him drive you everywhere. Never ride on a public transit bus, as they are in terrible shape and riddled with lawbreakers.

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