After emailing the address mentioned by Peter Hahndorf in his answer (email@example.com), I learned the following from "VIP Shift Managers" on duty who answered the emails:
The VIP lounge service costs US$34.50 for adults and US$11.50 for children under 12 years old. Payment is made as you enter the lounge on the day of travel.
The staff in the VIP ...
This is what Timatic (courtesy KLM) has to say:
National India (IN) /Residence USA (US)
Embarkation USA (US) /Destination Nicaragua (NI)
- Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be
valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date.
Passengers with a ...
Currently the NIO is about US$0.0445. As for how it changes, I can't find that, and would be surprised if that is what happens - perhaps on the black-market as in somewhere like Uzbekistan where the rate is different from the official rate, but others may have some more information.
According to the Bureau of Consular Affairs:
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens; however, a tourist card must be purchased for $10 upon arrival. Tourist cards are typically issued for 30 to 90 days.
You can see all pertinent information here. It is accurate.
Try the VIP service at Managua airport: This service is one of the
most unique you may experienced [sic]. You'll be greeted by an Airport
representative with your name on a card at the end of the jetway or on
the way down the corridor. Hand them your passport, $5, and be
escorted past the long customs and baggage pick-up lines ...
Sorry, no trains.
I am not sure about freight trains, but there are no passengers trains in Nicaragua anymore since 2001.
Wikipedia has a page about the history of rail transport in Nicaragua
In fact there is only one passenger train in the whole of central America and that's a tourist train along the Panama canal.
Further north in Mexico there are lots ...
While not having direct experience from Central America but rather central Asia, such as rainforests in Indonesia where the humidity also easily surpasses 90%, I can tell you that you do not need to worry.
I never had an issue and I hardly ever use air conditioning, be it with cameras, laptops or cellphones etc.
If you want to be extra sure take silica gel ...
As TD can kill (through dehydration, usually) I would definitely consider it unsafe even if that was all you could get.
Your problem is that you don't know what organisms are present in that water. What is it that is giving people TD? Obviously something that isn't prevented with chlorination.
Don't listen to the embassy - if they say you cannot get a visa on arrival they're wrong, and possibly trying to get at your money on purpose.
Indian citizens with a US visa can get a visa on arrival. It says so in Timatic, which is a database used worldwide by airlines checking passengers, and is based on information directly from local border authorities.
According to TIMATIC (courtesy KLM):
/ 06NOV16 / 1235 UTC
National India (IN) /Embarkation India (IN) Destination
- Passports and other documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the arrival date. Passport Exemptions:
In Nicaragua, currency exchange is a open market. Banco Centrale de Nicaragua sets a rate; banks, finance companies, exchange houses (casas de cambio), and independent agents can decide their own price, as you found at the border. A lot of small businesses also exchange currency, registered, and post their services and rates. Street corner money changers, ...
According to this site, GSM 1900. According to Wikipedia, Movistar uses GSM 850/1900. Therefore, if you are coming from the USA, chances are very good that your phone will work (especially if you have a multi-band phone, which are very common these days). Since there are four main frequency bands in GSM, if you have a quad-band phone (e.g., the iPhone), ...
Bus it, Man
Rome2rio says there are three bus services from San Jose, Costa Rica to somewhere near Lake Nicaragua (Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica or Rivas, Nicaragua). Indeed following up on the bus company websites one finds the information below. Note that ticket costs often don't include immigration taxes to enter/exit Costa Rica and Nicaragua. At the time of ...
I have been to both Panama and Costa Rica last year, and I enjoyed Panama a lot more - even though I haven't been to the most interesting parts! In general almost everything in Costa Rica is packaged - so if you go to a cloud forest, you have nice trails, prepared for all level hikers (including small children and the elderly). You get the map from the ...
Are you coming from the USA? If so you may be used to the USA system with multiple incompatible networks. However in most of the rest of the world, all mobile phone networks are GSM, and are interoperable and work on the same frequency. (see this question Is there a definitive reference guide to cell phone standards by country? ), so usually all you need is ...
You can always check the National Central Bank for the exchange rate. "Tipo de Cambio" is the current value of a dollar in NIO. Of course there is always an unofficial exchange rate. But in Nicaragua the dollar is pretty common so most of the malls (Metrocentro, Galeria, Plaza Americas) have dollar prices but with local stores and markets (Oriental and ...
DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER IN NICARAGUA. I went to Diriamba, it is west of Managua. I drank bottled water, but brushed my teeth with tap water. Tap water made me sick with TD. The Hospitals are not as clean as in the States either, and they choose who the treat. Please keep this in mind. Spend the money on bottled water, and use it to brush your teeth also. ...
There does not seem to be buses or other land transportation options directly from the airport. There are some bus stations in Managua, however.
According to the Lonely Planet and Wikivoyage, there are buses to go from Managua to most cities in Nicaragua, including those you named. There is also a bus schedule website but I have no idea who runs this ...
Having spent years upon years through monsoons in India.. Laptops will not get spoilt.
However, I have heard of cases where people who lived in beach facing apartments faced faster corrosion of their electronics, but these were older electronics like amplifiers / equalizers.
Given todays electronics manufacturing (boards coated with some resistant stuff),...
You can take a bus from San Jose or any major city (Transnica, Nicabus and other big companies have good deals with comfortable buses).
You can fly from any airport for around $100, give or take.
Or you can boat it.
Source: a Costa Rican
Rome2Rio shows there is a bus Panama City - San Jose, Costa Rica twice a day and San Jose, Costa Rica - Rivas five times per day. The first one should cost 50 - 95 USD, second one 30 - 45 USD (in total 80 - 140 USD). First one takes 16 hours, second one 6:30 hours.
According to this travel planning website, there are no non-stop buses that go from Panama City to Rivas, the only bus option has one stop in San Jose. The only non-stop option - at least presented by this website - is to drive.
Take a national bus to Penas blancas, walk over the border and the take a national bus to your final destination, on the way back you can take a boat and cross over to Los Chiles (Costa Rica). I did it when I was visiting Nicaragua after arriving by plane to Costa Rica
Rome2rio says bus via Puntarenas, for a total cost between 24-35EUR. The international bus company is Transnica. The second segment is a local bus N. 675. For completeness sake note that Transnica has some not-so-positive feedback on tripadvisor dating 2013. I don't know if the situation has changed since then, but it might be worth asking around in ...
Since you stated your areas of interest clearly I can tell you what you can find in CR: Isla de Coco is one of the best diving spots in the world (a week "all inclusive" boat ride is $4000-$5000). The caribean side is wonderful for surfing and so are on the pacific, Jaco and the north.
More than half the country is reserves so nature is everywhere.
Yes of course it's safe, but the US embassy keeps saying that probably for extra caution, but water in Nicaragua is as clean as any other Latin american country. Of course it depends where are you getting the water, the case that the embassy might be concerned with is the rural environment where water supply is difficult (which is ironic since Nicaragua has ...
You don't need to have a visa to visit Nicaragua. The only request is that you buy a tourist card for $10 and have a valid passport.
You can find more detailed information in this link, it is pretty acquire. The US embassy has good service for Americans in this country and good Facebook page.
entry requirements for Nicaragua