UAalltheway From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 847 times:
If you look at my profile, I'm headed up to Matagalpa (flying into MGA) this June. Kind of scared though.. seeing as how it's the poorest country in it's hemisphere (no pun intended), and it will be my first trip out of my 'comfort-zone', with hopefully many more to come.
MGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 4 Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 841 times:
Quoting Mt99 (Reply 1): Accordign to "Travel and Lesiure" its the "New Costa Rica" Whatever that means
Just like Costa Rica all the beach property has been bought and is going to be largely developed for resorts and retired americans and europeans.
Quoting UAalltheway (Reply 2): Kind of scared though.. seeing as how it's the poorest country in it's hemisphere
Actually that is Honduras.... Haiti is also poorer. The thing with Nicaragua is that there extreme poverty and extreme wealth.. The middle class is barely appearing. You can see carton box houses in one corner and see a mansion with a mercedez in it a mile away... Its changing, little by little, but it coming along.
Copaair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 829 times:
I've been to Nicaragua before. Last year, I flew into Managua and stayed there for a few days, before packing it up and heading down to the coast for a little surfing. I enjoyed the surf there because of how un-crowded and underdeveloped it is. I would rather go to Nicaragua than say, Costa Rica if I had my choice.
N506CR From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2004, 147 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 828 times:
Not yet, but I'd love to. People say it's a really nice place, with beautiful beaches and architecture. Lots of traditions and I've heard of very good food also. One of my best friend's dad is from Nicaragua (but has Costa Rican citizenship) and I can tell you they're really nice people. And smart, really smart! for example, my friend's dad is a well-known doctor here in my city, and my friend who is a nutt, has won the National Scientific Fair and Math Olympics. Yup gold on both, thats what I mean with smart. And he says he's proud to have Nicaraguan blood on him. Facing the reality, here in Costa Rica 80% of the population is racist against Nicaraguans, and don't see it as a nice country. 80% of Costa Ricans are ignorant unprepared high-school dropped a$$holes anyway. Well it's true, a relevant porcentage of all the bs going on here is done by Nicaraguans... but as I've always said... Nicaragua is cool... all the crappy ones are down here already, and those still there are coming soon . Political inestability is a problem also, but hey, this is the XXI century, kick their a$$es now! Nicaragua has to stand strong against that!
The only thing I have to say about all that nationalism is how you guys don't want to give us the border river side belonging to us. El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz!
That said, can't wait to go to Nicaragua, specially Montelimar and the volcanoes. The lake looks awesome from the air btw.
MGA: when did you left Nicaragua? why? how often do you go there?
MGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 4 Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 825 times:
Quoting N506CR (Reply 5): The only thing I have to say about all that nationalism is how you guys don't want to give us the border river side belonging to us. El respeto al derecho ajeno es la paz!
Lets not get started on that... we think its ours, allways has been in our posesion, but let it be...
Anyways, I left about 3 years ago... I do consulting for a company that has business in Nicaragua so I go back about every 3 months or so...
Montelimar is the Bomb! All inclusive for 50 bucks from sunday to thursday... I love it! plus a casino and a huge pool.... U have to come down!
Quoting MGA (Reply 6): Montelimar is the Bomb! All inclusive for 50 bucks from sunday to thursday... I love it! plus a casino and a huge pool.... U have to come down!
Sure I'm trying! there are really good prices for trips from here. I might join one soon... on the other hand, did you knew that Nature Air (regional airline here) flies to Granada on a weekly basis? the flight has been there for a while... I guess they're doing good?
Airsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 38 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 801 times:
I spent three months in Honduras last year, from there I did a highly peculiar trip to Nicaragua:
Two months before I went back home, I had been to Ecuador. Upon arrival at TGU, the immigration guy stamped only 30 days in my passport. Unfortunately, I only noticed this later, otherwise I'd have asked him to give me the 90 I'm entitled to. Anyway, so I had to go leave the country and come back. The nearest border from Tegucigalpa is with Nicaragua, at Las Manos.
So I took the bus from Tegus to Danlí, then another bus to El Paraíso, then a taxi to the border station Las Manos. I told the driver to wait for me. I left Honduras and collected my exit stamp. Had to pay an illegal "exit fee" of 3 USD.
I then proceded to Nicaraguan immigration. Since I obviously wouldn't stay overnight, I had left the address filed empty. The official wanted to know why. I said I was just doing a day trip. No way he said, once you enter, you can't leave the country. (Which is of course bullshit, but anyway.)
Got back to Honduran immigration, same dude as five minutes before. He didn't blink an eye, demanded 5 USD "entry fee", and gave me an entry stamp (with 90 days, yay!).
Mission complete? Nah. Back in Honduras, I got into talking with a couple of off-duty customs agents, both Honduran and Nicaraguan. Told them my story, and the Nicaraguan said like the 72 hours minimum stay requirement would be waived for a "fee" of 20 USD. Muahaha, sure. Ok, I decided to play his game to get the Nicaraguan stamps as a souvenir, parted with the money and my passport, and got the latter back a couple of minutes later with two neat green and purple Nicaragua stamps.
On the return, I managed to catch a direct bus from El Paraíso, got back to Tegus in the evening and had spent a kind of interesting Saturday full of new experiences and impressions.
MGA From Nicaragua, joined Mar 2005, 726 posts, RR: 4 Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 776 times:
Quoting Copaair737 (Reply 12): MGA- Yeah, I've partied in Managua before. Helluva place actually. I got really, really wasted, which probably wasn't that great of an idea. Good beer down there as well.
Welcome to the club of "engomados"! ... Where did you go? Hipa?