Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely dissimilar experience versus driving across the US, and travelers and vacationers should be aware of that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common law, there are just a small number paved roads, mainly main highways, and even those are not in good shape. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, containing potholes and hazards, dark, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the country is done on the right-hand side, as it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when considering a visit to Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their stay in Nicaragua, they should cross the borders at the main border-crossing sites, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are extremely different in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where a person is killed is immediately under arrest until the reason of the fender bender can be discovered. You should never move a vehicle involved in the fender bender until the police get there or the liability consequently falls on the person who changed the position of the vehicle.

While the government is investing funds for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Even the best roads in the country contain threats that can cause an accident. Travelers to the country are strongly directed to retain insurance, be positive their vehicle is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets stuck has engine trouble in the countryside. Better yet, visitors are directed to hire a qualified driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him drive you from one place to another. Never ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and riddled with criminals.

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