This family took a horse and carriage to shop at the Mercado de Masaya, Nicaragua

Getting around Nicaragua

This family took a horse and carriage to shop at the Mercado de Masaya, Nicaragua

By Kendal

There are some beautiful places to visit while traveling in Nicaragua. If you love the beach, San Juan del Sur would be your destination. Would you rather stay in a picturesque town rich in history? Then Granada is your place. If you are interested in seeing volcanoes and lakes, staying in Managua is a good choice and take day trips. No matter what your itinerary is you need to find a way to get from one place to the next.

Personally my choice is to get a chauffeur. Personally my choice is to get a chauffeur.

Freddy Sanchez at the wheel, our private driver. Freddy Sanchez at the wheel, our private driver.

You can always rent a car, but my 1st choice is to get a chauffeur. Driving in Managua and other towns in Nicaragua can be challenging and frustrating. There are no street names nor house numbers. Directions to your destination might sound like this: From “el arbol” go two blocks north at “la casa amarilla” turn right, once you reach “el estatua” take a left. Trust me, it is a challenge and I was even raised in Managua Nicaragua.

Founder of LingoHut at the Nejapa in Nicaragua at a swim meet in 1976
Founder of LingoHut at the Nejapa in Nicaragua at a swim meet in 1976

How do you find a driver you ask? Contact me. I will send you Freddy Sanchez’s number to set up your adventure in Nicaragua. My friends and I have used Freddy a number of times and you can trust him. It is easy to set up your transportation in Nicaragua.

Is he a trusted taxi driver? Are you willing to take a chance?
Is he a trusted taxi driver? Are you willing to take a chance?
Contact LingoHut to get Freddy's phone number
Contact LingoHut to get Freddy’s phone number

Of course there are other ways of getting around Nicaragua, you can take a taxi. The issue I have with it is that it can be pricey and you do not know what type of character is driving you around. You can rent a car, but as I mentioned directions are crazy hard to follow. There is always the local bus, but not my first choice.

Taking the bus in Nicaragua
Taking the bus in Nicaragua
Getting around by bus
Getting around by bus

In some towns they use horse and carriage to get around. This is a fun and romantic way to get around and see Granada or Leon.

Traffic in Granada, Nicaragua
Traffic in Granada, Nicaragua

A lancha ride is the only way to see the Isletas in Granada or take a ride on the Lago de Nicaragua to get a different perspective of this beautiful country.

Local getting around las Isletas
Local getting around las Isletas

As I mention at the beginning of this blog, I grew up in Nicaragua and spent my childhood there. I recommend you put Nicaragua on your bucket list. Visit LingoHut to enjoy hundreds of free Spanish lessons which will prepare you for your adventure to Nicaragua.

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