Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Driving in Nicaragua is a very different occurrence versus driving in the US, and tourists and travelers need to understand that before hitting the Nicaraguan roads. As a common rule, there are merely a small number paved roads, mainly major highways, and yet those are not in good shape. Secondary roads, if you can even call them as that, are unpaved and uneven, containing potholes and obstacles, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Driving across the country is done on the right-hand side, like it is in the U.S. Visitors are told that when traveling to Costa Rica or the Honduras in the course of their stay in Nicaragua, they are to go across the borders at the main border-crossing locations, Las Manos and Penas Blancas. Traffic laws are very different in the country as well. Travelers involved in an accident where someone dies is immediately arrested till the source of the wreck can be verified. You should never move a car involved in the accident till the police arrive or the liability automatically lands on the person who changed the position of the car.

At a time when the government is devoting money for infrastructure, including upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the roads. Still the best highways in the nation have dangers that can lead to a wreck. Tourist to the nation are strongly recommended to carry insurance, make sure their car is in full compliance with Nicaraguan transit law and to always have a cell phone should your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in the countryside. Even better, travelers are advised to hire a professional driver familiar with the roads in the wilderness and let him drive you around. On no occasion ride on a public transit bus, as they are in poor condition and riddled with lawbreakers.

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