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Facts about Nicaragua

  • Currency:
  • Cordoba Oro
  • Language:
  • Spanish; English
  • Electricity:
  • 120 V
  • Calling Code:
  • +505
  • Capital City:
  • Managua
  • Famous For:
  • N/A

Stuff to See and Do


What to Eat

Local Specialties

How to Make the Perfect Macua Drink
by Mattfromtexas about 9 years ago
How to Make the Perfect Macua Drink

The drink is called a Macua. It's the national drink of Nicaragua. Here's the recipe for one pitcher full... 1 part = 1 red party cup filled to the top 1 part 'Flor de Cana' white Nicaraguan rum
2 part Guava Nectar
2 part 7-UP or Sprite
1/6th part Grenadine
Freshly squeezed juice from 3 Oranges
Freshly squeezed juice from 3 Lemons Mix above ingredients together in a pitcher. Fill cups with ice all the way to the top. Pour. Serve with a straw.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You are going to need a lot of ice!!! Ice is part of the recipe. When you pour the drink over the ice, the ice melts and makes the drink taste better. Without this, the drink will be too overpowering.

Getting Around


Chicken Bus Schedule for Nicaragua
by Kluft about 10 years ago

Here is an online schedule for the chicken buses in Nicaragua: Caution: Buses may be ahead or behind schedule but run frequently so just flag one down and hop on.

Chicken Buses - The cheapest transportation in Central America
by Kluft about 10 years ago
Chicken Buses - The cheapest transportation in Central America

The most convenient and cheapest way to travel around Nicaragua is on the affectionately named “chicken buses” which are decommissioned American style school buses. They frequently have groovy paint jobs, crazy stickers and upgraded music systems. Fares range from $0.25 to $2 depending on how far you wish to travel. The driver’s assistant will walk through the aisle while the bus is moving to collect the appropriate fare. All the buses generally have the departure and destination cities labeled on the front and back windows, but will stop anywhere to let a passenger off or on. So just flag one down and hop on, even if they look like they can’t fit another person, bag or animal on board.


Courtesy Beer
by Mattfromtexas about 7 years ago
Courtesy Beer

When hitchiking in Nicaragua, always carry with you a couple of 'courtesy beers' for your driver. He will appreciate it. It's also a great language barrier and will break the awkwardness of riding in a total stranger's car. I prefer Tona tall-boy cans. The colder the better.

General Advice

Internet Access

Nicaragua Wifi & Phone Report
by Jessica of about 9 years ago
Nicaragua Wifi & Phone Report

General availability: Medium-High
Quality of bandwidth: Pretty terrible
Frequency of internet in campgrounds: Rare
Frequency of internet in hotels: Surprisingly high. If you stick to the tourist route there will be plenty of wifi options, although the quality may be terrible. If you’re heading out to a remote area, or just want to spend some time away from the crowds, pick up a USB modem before you go.