Nicaragua Practical Information
Visitors from most countries can stay in Nicaragua for 30 or 90 days without a visa. You will need a valid passport (valid for at least the next 6 months, proof of sufficient funds (eg. US$200 or a credit card) and an onward ticket.
Nicaragua’s currency is the córdoba (C$), sometimes called a ‘peso’ or ‘real’ by locals, or a ‘cord’ by expats. US dollars are accepted almost everywhere, unless they are worn or damaged, that said, córdobas are usually easier to use, particularly at smaller businesses and anywhere off the beaten track. Smaller denominations (less than C$100) are better.
Adequate travel insurance is mandatory for everyone who participates in a Pioneer expedition. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy and contact numbers to give to your expedition leader in case of illness or accident.
The local tour company who we use has achieved different acknowledgment diplomas for the innovation of active product and sustainable programs in the country. They are committed to improving their tourist services for the social, economic and environmental development of Nicaragua.
To reinforce their sustainable philosophy, Vapues and Rainforest Alliance have established an alliance to support Best Management Practice in Sustainable Tourism since June 5th, 2007, moreover they are the creator of Bosawas Maps on each edition of each city map we promotes a carefully selected local project working in the key areas of environment, social development or community based tourism.
When not camping we always try to use hotels and eco-lodges which actively support responsible travel.
Nicaragua has a range of climates. On the West, rainy season runs from May – Nov. Dry season is Nov to April. microclimates, and it’s always worth checking the weather to see where you want to go first. On the Atlantic side rainy and dry seasons are almost entirely academic. The Rio San Juan is one of the wettest places on earth.