Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is an extremely different occurrence versus traveling in the US, and travelers and tourists should understand that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan roads. As a general law, there are only a small number paved roads, mostly major highways, and even those are in bad condition. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and rutted, containing potholes and hazards, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the nation is done on the right-hand side, just as it is in the U.S. Travelers are warned that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras for the duration of their stay in Nicaragua, they are to 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 in which someone is killed is instantly under arrest until the reason of the accident can be discovered. You must never move a vehicle involved in the fender bender until the police arrive or the liability consequently lands on the person who changed the position of the vehicle.

While the government is financing money for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the roads. Even the best roads in the nation have dangers that can cause a wreck. Visitors to the nation are strongly directed to carry insurance, be positive their vehicle is in total accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always carry a cell phone in case your vehicle gets stuck has engine trouble in the countryside. Even better, tourists are advised to take on a professional driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him ferry you around. Never ride on a public transit bus, as they are in terrible condition and riddled with crooks.

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