Nicaragua can be extremely exciting due to the huge range of activities and the diversity you will be experiencing. Remember, however, that traveling to unknown areas can be risky and it’s important that you follow these five top safety tips during your vacation.
1. Arrange taxi transportation
Make sure you plan ahead for your travel arrangements, and only take taxi rides from reputable companies. To make sure your taxi is authorized, look for the driver’s I.D on the right hand side of the front mirror, and do not share a taxi with any strangers or locals. It is always better to arrange a taxi back from bars and restaurants to your hotel before leaving your hotel and agree on a price before you get in.
2. Reputable tour guides
If you are booking any tour, whether it is a trip to the Ometepe Island, hiking Miraflores, or going volcano boarding in Leon, you will want to book a reputable tour guide, which requires doing some research before your trip. Deals that appear to be too good to be true usually are, so try to avoid these and only make arrangements with the reputable companies.
3. Limit your alcohol consumption
Alcohol lowers inhibitions and clouds judgment, and letting your guard down is often the easiest way to mark yourself as an easy target to criminals. Make sure you limit your alcohol consumption in foreign countries to avoid becoming the victim of a potential crime.
4. Avoid demonstrations
Travelers to Nicaragua should be aware that political demonstrations and protests continue to occur sporadically and occasionally become violent. U.S. citizens should avoid crowds and blockades and exercise extreme caution when in the vicinity of any large gathering.
5. Carry copies of important documents
Petty crime is a reality in the cities of Nicaragua. Whether you are in Granada, Managua, Leon, or other popular destinations, you should recognize the risk of becoming a victim of mugging. Take precautions by making copies of your passport, credit cards, and driver’s license. Having these documents will be helpful should an unforeseen situation occur.