Travelling the Roads of Nicaragua

Traveling in Nicaragua is an extremely different experience versus driving across the US, and travelers and vacationers must be aware of that previous to traveling along the Nicaraguan countryside. As a common rule, there are just a couple of paved roads, mostly main highways, and yet those are in bad shape. Secondary roads, if you can even consider them as that, are unpaved and rough, containing potholes and obstacles, not lighted, and have no shoulder.

Traveling across the nation 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 for the duration 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 diverse in the country as well. Travelers involved in a wreck where someone dies is instantly under arrest until the reason of the fender bender can be discovered. You must never change a car involved in the car crash until the police arrive or the liability consequently lands on the individual who changed the position of the car.

As the government is devoting money for infrastructure, consisting of upgrading roads and bridges, the rainy season continues to take its toll on the highways. Still the best highways in the country have hazards that can cause a crash. Visitors to the country are intensely recommended to retain insurance, make sure their car is in full accordance with Nicaraguan transit law and to continuously have a cell phone in case your vehicle gets trapped or breaks down in a rural area. Even better, visitors are directed to hire a trained driver familiar with the roads in the wilderness and let him ferry you around. On no occasion take a public transit bus, as they are in bad shape and riddled with lawbreakers.

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