Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is a very different experience than driving across the US, and tourists and vacationers need to be aware of that before hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are merely a few paved roads, mostly key highways, and even those are in bad order. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are not paved and rough, filled with potholes and obstructions, unlit, and have no shoulder.

Traveling through the country is done on the right-hand side, like it is in the U.S. Visitors are warned that when choosing to visit Costa Rica or the Honduras during their stay in Nicaragua, they are to cross the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are incredibly diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where someone dies is immediately arrested till the reason of the wreck can be discovered. You must never move a car involved in the car crash till the police arrive or the responsibility consequently falls on the individual who changed the position of the car.

As the government is financing money for infrastructure, consisting of upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season keeps on taking its toll on the highways. Even the best highways in the nation have hazards that can cause a crash. Tourist to the nation are strongly recommended to retain insurance, be positive their car is in total accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously have a cell phone should your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, visitors are advised to hire a qualified driver familiar with the area in the wilderness and let him ferry you around. At no time ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and riddled with lawbreakers.

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