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iguanalover replied to the thread Freight Forwarder Wanted on the Nicaragua forum on April 27, 2015:
ricktee initially posted:
I am looking for someone to use to receive and forward items I purchase in the states. They must be reasonable and honest. USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc. charge too much. Is there a better way to get things? TIA,
iguanalover replied 2 hours ago with:
Contact bushamy 13 on this forum. His wife told me they received things thru an agency in Managua. receives it in the states and brings it in.
ricktee replied 8 hours ago with:
I´m in Nindiri
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Genoa37 replied to the thread Medical Care in Nicaragua on the Nicaragua forum:
bushamy13 initially posted:
Extracted from Nicaragua Health Care Describing health care in Nicaragua is like describing the weather in the United States. It depends where you are talking about. Nicaragua is a third world country with the wealth concentrated in a few cities and it takes wealth to have modern medical facilities. Also, consider the fact that most residents of the USA believe they have the best medical care in the world yet the USA is ranked 38th in the world by life expectancy behind almost every other modern country including Cuba. For you non-believers, go to and check it out. Nicaragua has greatly improved its health care in the past few years and boasts the most modern hospital in Central America. Indeed, friends of ours chose to relocate to Nicaragua due to its reputation of good health care. They are both diabetics and have other medical complications. One suggestion is what my wife and I did when we left the USA for Nicaragua. We went to our various doctors and dentists and requested copies of all our medical records. After all, they are your records. I believe they charged an administrative charge of $10 for each of us. Food and water Most everyone we know drinks the tap water in the larger towns and cities. It is not unusual for someone to become ill in any new country because the food and water is not necessarily bad but different. Personally, we have a five gallon water cooler in our home but that is because we like cold, refreshing water and we did the same while living in the states. Five gallons lasts about a week and costs 25 córdobas ($1.25). If you are only here for a few weeks we recommend drinking bottled water because you are not here long enough to adjust to the change. Many of the guide books recommend not buying from the street vendors but those special native dishes are part of the experience here. Just use common sense as you should in any country. If the chicken is not cooked all the way through, you should discard it or ask for a another serving whether it is from a street vendor or a 5-star restaurant. Fruit and vegetables should preferably be peeled or cooked. We’re not sure every street vendor or restaurant worker in Nicaragua keeps their hands clean while preparing or serving the food but we’re not that confident it was always true in the states or any other country either. Medications If you are on prescription drugs you should bring sufficient supplies with you. Keep medication in its original container and bring along a letter from your physician stating your medical conditions and the medications you are taking. This is in case you have a serious medical emergency while here to ensure the doctors can treat you quickly and with full knowledge of your present medical state. While most, if not more medications, are available here you should ensure you have enough until finding the local pharmacy stocking your type of medication. Pharmacies Pharmacies and medical laboratories are quite numerous and can usually be found in any town with more than a few hundred people. Due to the poverty of the majority of the people here, many can not afford seeing a doctor unless it is a truly serious illness. For that reason many natives depend on the pharmacies and labs to take care of most of their medical problems. For most of the common ailments we also frequently just go to a pharmacy and ask for their recommendation. You quickly learn which pharmacies are more knowledgeable and carry more types of medicine and prescription drugs. My wife requires special prescriptions for a thyroid condition and high blood pressure, both medicines of which are readily available here and at prices less than just the co-payment amount back in the states. Prescriptions are usually not necessary except for the most controlled drugs. Some drugs which are approved and manufactured in Europe are available here even if not yet available in the states. The brand-name medicines you use in North America or Europe will go by their generic or scientific name here but most medicines and antibiotics are widely available and usually cost much less. While it is true that you may simply walk into a pharmacy and purchase most drugs without a prescription, please use common sense and consult with a doctor periodically to see if you are using the correct medicine, in the correct dosage and to ensure there are no interactions among the medicines you are taking. Since we do not yet have the armies of lawyers looking for malpractice suits or chasing ambulances, there is little litigation against pharmacists, doctors and hospitals. This results in these medical personnel being more open with you in giving their medical opinion and pharmaceutical companies are not pressuring these same people to sell their medicines. Nicaragua, being a small country, does not yet warrant their attention. Condoms and birth control pills are readily available in most of the pharmacies. Other forms of birth control are not commonly used in Nicaragua such as IUDs and diaphragms. All forms of abortions were recently banned in Nicaragua due to an agreement between the Catholic church and the present government. Doctors Many doctors in Nicaragua received their medical degrees from the United States while others have been trained in Mexico, Europe, Cuba or in the Caribbean area before taking positions here. Your location in Nicaragua will determine the diversity and quality of the medical care available. If you live in a small fishing village on the Atlantic side you will not have a modern medical facility. Also, if your idea of comfortable living is being within 30 minutes of a state-of-the-art hospital then Nicaragua is probably not going to be the country of choice anyway. If you live in or near Managua, Granada or León you will have excellent local medical practitioners and be within a short drive to the some of the best hospitals in Central America. We like to call the medical care here “practical health care”. We live in Granada which has many clinics, doctors, pharmacies, several small hospitals and it is only 30 minutes to a great hospital. Our local doctor is a Nicaraguan who speaks good English, has a office in Granada but is also a surgeon at the best hospital in Managua. We have his office number as well as his personal cell phone number for emergencies. How many doctors do you have that will give you their direct home number? Presently, an office visit costs us 230 córdobas (less than $12) and they only take cash. Outside of these major cities, physicians, their staff and other medical personnel frequently do not speak English, and medical reports are written in Spanish. It is always recommended that people moving to a new country learn at least some of the local language and an ability to speak some Spanish will help you or a loved one to receive the best care available. If unable or unwilling to learn the language, take along a Nicaraguan friend or associate to assist you. Our Nica neighbors are more than willing to help us in any way as we would them. That is one of the reasons we chose to live here. We have many foreign friends with small children that are entirely comfortable with the doctor care they receive here. We have no experience with it but we have heard of a new company called Nicas that provides relocation services which includes providing expatriates with a list of recommended doctors and specialists. Questions can be sent to Consult your country’s embassy which often will provide a list of recommended doctors, dentists and specialists. Medical Facilities Each department (equivalent to a state) in Nicaragua normally has its own public hospital. Public hospitals will usually not charge you for emergency services but you will still have to pay for medication and supplies. Again, if you are in a smaller town or village you may not be pleased with the available medical facilities assuming they exist there. Granada and León have many clinics and adequate hospitals while Managua has several modern hospital facilities. Especially in Managua you will find personalized care as well as highly-trained, English-speaking doctors and state-of-the-art facilities. Many people are surprised at the diversity and level of quality care you can find if you know where to look. Ask other expatriates for their recommendations. If just traveling to Nicaragua it is a very good idea to check your health insurance to ensure it will cover medical care here though costs are low enough you may not need to refer to your health insurance. Medical care is very reasonably priced with a wide range of coverage options for foreigners that can cover everything from maternity costs to serious ailments. Be sure to read the section on health plans and insurance coverage. The low cost of health care available here is due to several reasons. Casual malpractice suits are not common here removing a huge insurance cost to being a medical practitioner. Doctors and their staff do not have to fill out endless amounts of paperwork and insurance forms. Labor and cost of living are much less here for all, so medical personnel do not have to make a lot of money to exist. Due to insurance costs and oversight, doctors in the states usually order only the most essential lab tests, MRIs or x-rays. But here, the costs are low enough that it is not only reasonable but good preventative care to order more comprehensive tests. One of our most pleasant surprises was finding out that the test results are often available almost immediately meaning we may be able to discuss the results with our doctor the same day. Costs vary in different locations and we can not guarantee them but here are some typical costs as advised by a medical professional: Doctor visit <$15 Specialist consultation $30-40 Ultrasound $15.00 X-ray $15.00 Mammogram $26.00 MRI $300 EKG $15.00 Hospitals in Managua include: • Bautista Hospital • Berta Calderón (De la Mujer) Hospital • Salud Integral • Carlos Roberto Hospital • Alejandro Davila Bolaños Hospital (Military) • Japanese-Nicaraguan Hospital • Manolo Morales Hospital • Metropolitano Vivian Pellas Private Hospital • Fernando Vélez Paíz, Pediatric Hospital One private hospital in Managua is considered one of the finest hospitals in Central America. Vivian Pellas Metropolitan opened in 2004 and is the only hospital in Nicaragua being considered for accreditation by the U.S.-based Joint Commission International Accreditation organization for recognition having top standards for quality and service within the medical industry. The hospital is open 24 hours a day and employs more than 300 of Nicaragua’s best medical personnel in gynecology, cardiology, orthopedics, pediatric, internal medicine, neurology, urology, and ophthalmology. Many of these people speak some or good English. Besides the usual expectations of a modern hospital, Pellas has a pain clinic, pharmacy, maternity ward and a laboratory that can run tests for a very reasonable cost. Pellas is also home to a children’s burn facility that provides many young victims with free services. Vivian Pellas is the wife of a successful Nicaraguan businessman and she created the hospital and burn unit due to a terrible accident she experienced years earlier. It is an interesting, dramatic story that is worth researching on the Internet. When you enter the Pellas hospital, you are reminded of the unhurried hospital pace of the 1950s in the states. Unfortunately it is due to the fact that most Nicaraguans can not afford even the low costs of hospital care in Nicaragua so the typical patient is the expatriate or rich Nicaraguan. The Pellas hospital also offers complete medical checkups for some very reasonable costs. The cost may be low enough to make it practical to fly down here for a vacation and then get a complete medical examination for less money than the medical examination in the states. The Salud Integral, Bautista hospital and the military hospital are also good hospitals. The Salud Integral has 24 hour emergency services, operating rooms, intensive care and a clinical laboratory. Private consultations are available and they have four types of rooms to choose from, ranging from $40 upwards. Bautista hospital is a private hospital that was once considered the best hospital in Nicaragua until the newer clinics opened but Bautista should still be considered and at a lower cost than other Nicaraguan hospitals. There are rumors of two new modern hospitals being built in Managua but rumors in Nicaragua often remain rumors. We are still waiting for the coastal road first proposed in 1928. Some resident expatriates do warn, however, that some of the high-tech equipment you'd expect to find in U.S. hospitals isn't available in Nicaragua. These same residents advise you to purchase MedEvac insurance to ensure that in case of an emergency you'll be airlifted by jet to Houston or Miami from Nicaragua. This is a decision you have to make since we are not medical experts. Our personal observations make us believe that everything within reasonable health care seems to be here in Nicaragua. My wife and I can no longer reasonably afford the medical care of the states. Emergency ambulance services are becoming more available but not as readily as in the states. In an emergency, individuals are taken to the nearest hospital that will accept the patient. This is usually a public hospital unless you or someone acting on your behalf indicates that you can and wish to pay for a private hospital. Payment for medical services is usually on a cash basis, although the private hospitals will accept major credit cards for payment. Check your health insurance to ensure it will cover medical care in Nicaragua. Finally, don’t be surprised if you find some procedures or techniques are more advanced than those you had in the states. Medical technology is expensive and Nicaragua had the advantage of starting late, meaning that in some fields they began with the latest equipment and did not have to update existing technology. Health Plans, Insurance The Social Security Medicare Program of the United States does not provide coverage for hospital or medical costs outside the United States of America. Many health insurance plans do not provide coverage overseas and those that provide customary and reasonable hospital costs abroad may not pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States which can be expensive depending on your location and medical condition. Items one international insurance company suggests considering if you plan to keep your existing health plan from your country of origin or purchasing special international medical insurance: • Does my insurance policy cover emergency expenses abroad such as returning me to my country of origin for treatment if I am seriously ill? • Will the doctor, clinic or hospital in Nicaragua accept payment from your insurance company? Remember their costs are low because they normally do not have to put up with the bureaucracy, resistance and slow payment of insurance companies. • Does this insurance cover high-risk activities such as parasailing, mountain climbing, scuba diving and off-roading? • Does this policy cover pre-existing conditions? • Does the insurance company require pre-authorizations or second opinions before emergency treatment can begin? • Does the insurance company guarantee medical payments abroad? • Will the insurance company pay foreign hospitals and foreign doctors directly? • USA senior citizens may wish to contact the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) for information about foreign medical care coverage with Medicare supplement plans. In checking with our expatriate friends we find there are many options for the international traveler or the expatriate moving here. One friend recommends the Danish company, IHI (International Health Insurance) as a comprehensive plan. It allows the option of flying back to your home country (travel for the spouse and hotel are included in coverage) if surgery is needed. For more information, go to Other expatriates recommend Global Insurance which is linked to this web site but go to for the whole scoop. For information on International Medical Group go to They also have life insurance available. Options keep changing so use the good old Internet search engine and see what is available. The best advice is to talk to someone who has the policy and has used it for emergency health service. If you pay enough you can get any level of health insurance coverage but if the price seems too reasonable then there is probably a reason. Some people opt only for the evacuation insurance to get back to their country of origin where their normal insurance or Medicare coverage will kick in. Many of us that have moved to Nicaragua simply do not have medical insurance or rely on local coverage options. With the much, much lower medical costs here we are simply betting it is cheaper than paying high insurance premiums assuming you can get the medical insurance. At this point, some of you are probably gasping for breath hearing that you could exist without health insurance. Please remember that the USA is one of the last countries not to offer national health insurance and a large proportion of the USA residents does not have any health insurance. One popular Nicaraguan health plan is the health plan offered by the Pellas hospital in Managua. There are two levels of the plan which are available for Nicas or expatriates with little or no paperwork prerequisites. While not exactly a comprehensive health plan it does offer the subscriber substantial discounts that increase over a period of time. It is very reasonable. The two programs are the Gold Plan and the Silver Plan. Under the Gold Plan a person over 40 would pay less than $700 a year for coverage and would receive up to 100% off in emergency room care, substantial discounts for most procedures and many other services. Under the Silver Plan, a person over 40 would pay less than $200 a year for coverage entitling them to discounts up to 70% off hospital charges, 20% off doctor consultations and 30% off childbirth, among other services. Again, the discounts start at a lower level then increase to the above amounts over a period of time. Rates for younger people and children are much lower and there are also family discounts. Even people over 65 or those with pre-existing conditions can enter the plan. Friends in the plan state that they did not even need a medical examination before being accepted. Dentists There are excellent dentists available in the major cities of Nicaragua and many speak English. They can perform almost all of the services that you would expect at much lower costs. Many people plan a vacation to Nicaragua, have major dental work performed and use the savings to pay for the family vacation. Our English-speaking dentist in Granada recently quoted the following prices to us: Root canal, post installed and crown installed $400 Bridge $400 Crown $200 And if we agreed to all of the above work he would give us a discounted total price and replace our old fillings for free. At our first dental visit in Nicaragua, the dentist requested an updated x-ray of our teeth and gums. We drove across town to an x-ray lab where they quickly, without an appointment, performed the x-ray and in a few minutes we had the x-rays in our hands returning to the dentist. And, it was a state-of-the-art x-ray showing a 360 degree view of our teeth. Our dentist in the states had to take several x-rays to cover all of the teeth. Total cost - $20 each. The dentists here perform all forms of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry to correct dental problems and to simply improve your appearance when you smile. It is the low cost that will really make you smile. Glasses and Misc. Services There are many optometrists available in even the smaller towns and many of them have the accompanying stores selling lenses and frames. For some reason we’re not familiar with, the discounts are not as substantial as other medical services. I recently had an eye examination and purchased a pair of bi-focal (no-line) glasses which cost around $90 which is less than the typical chain stores in the states but more than purchasing them over the Internet. Still, be assured that the optometrists and the eyeglass services in Nicaragua will meet your expectations in service and quality. Cosmetic Surgery and Other Specialized Services A surprising but pleasant discovery for me was to find out how many of our friends were now getting cosmetic surgery performed here in Nicaragua. The main reason, of course, is the much lower cost but also because the technology now exists here. All types of facial surgery are performed to bring back that youthful appearance. One of our friends also had surgery to remove their eye cataracts. There are several clinics in Managua offering the latest laser technology to fix your eyes to negate the need for glasses and we are now seeing advertisements of laser clinics for dermatology. Other applications available in Nicaragua are laser treatment of permanent hair reduction, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation, vascular and pigmented lesions, tattoo removal, scars, warts, leg veins, acne and acne scars. Another reason to vacation in Nicaragua and let your treatment savings pay for the vacation. Care for the Elderly While usually not considered as a reason for moving to Nicaragua, retirement developments and assisted care centers are starting to appear. The main reason is that the labor cost is so low. You can hire a cook, maid, gardener and/or caretaker for less than $100 per month. A person with medical experience can be hired for a very reasonable cost. Compared to the cost of assisted living in the states, you can be well taken care of in Nicaragua for a fraction of the cost. And you would still have the experience of living in another country. Can the U.S. government assist me if I become disabled overseas? • If an American becomes ill or is seriously injured abroad, a U.S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends. • If necessary a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States. • Payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler.
Genoa37 replied on April 26, 2015 with:
All this information has been definitely very helpful. Now a day I do prefer natural treatments as peggyjune recommend it. Because unfortunately I have to agree with John82 Dr. Jaime salinas is not doing a good job anymore. I found all these great reviews about him on different pages so I decided to ignore few bad ones. But I'm sorry I did. I will not come back to his office ever again. He ruined my teeth and charged me for it. And the only way I fixed and heal my teeth was with natural medicine.
peggyjune replied on April 10, 2015 with:
Self care is the key to health. Most ailments can be prevented and/or treated by a number of ways. Homeopathy is a powerful healing system. I am taking some myself, right now - in addition to herbs and a vegan diet. Prevention is the key.
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kateallie posted Butane Gas Canisters on the Nicaragua forum on April 25, 2015:
Hi there, I'm looking to purchase the blue Butane Gas canisters for our camping cooker. We can't seem to find them anywhere. Any suggestions? Thanks, Kate
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ssure38 replied to the thread Spending the Fall in Granada on the Nicaragua forum on April 25, 2015:
MattHissey initially posted:
Hello Everyone, So after visiting Antigua Gute, I am going to take the plunge and move to Nicaragua for the fall. Aug 1 - Dec 1. I am a 26 year old young professional, working over the internet as an insurance consultant in the USA. My initial plan is to try and rent a nice apartment for myself for 1 month in Granada, and if I love it, extend it for 3 more months. My plan B after the 1st month if I do not like Granada, would be to spend the next month in Leon. I am confident that if Granada is anything like Antigua in Guate, that I will fall in love. Any advice you all could give me on finding a nice furnished apartment with air conditioning, high speed internet, and within a 5-10 min walk of downtown would be greatly appreciated. Also, I do not speak Spanish ( yet ) so do you think that will be an obstacle. I am planning on taking lessons when I get there. Please let me know of any recommendations you all have. Best, Matt
ssure38 replied on April 25, 2015 with:
Hi Matt: I spent a month at El Carmen Guesthouse in central Granada and loved it. The couple who own it speak English / Spanish and other languages. He was an IT Tech before he moved to Nicaragua, so his high speed internet set-up is excellent. They have a small, safe and secure place and one of the little apartments has air conditioning. You don't really need it because they supply fans and roof fans, and that does the trick, but they do have one place with air. They are really good folks and they have a little bar there and laundry service too. Very close to downtown and everything else, but far enough away to be quiet. Also, and this was important to me, it's secure. They live on site and it has a high wall with razor wire around it and they take security of their guests very seriously. Check out their website and email or call Arnold or Donnaly if interested. I ended up renting an apartment for the 5 months after I spent a month with Arnold and Donnaly so I could save a bit of money. I'm retired and don't make as much as I did. But I would much rather have paid the $150 a month I saved by getting an apartment, and had the better security, more friendly, more services etc. I had at El Carmen. There is a good Spanish language school about two blocks away, and some of the money they make goes toward charity, if I recall. But I could not see me sitting in a classroom so I hired a very poor family to teach me Spanish. I took a taxi to their place and would spend about 3 hours a day 4 or 5 days a week. THAT was the highlight of my trip. They are such a great family and I love them dearly. They accepted me into their home and treated me like a king. It was very informal and each of the 4 children would have conversations with me in Spanish. I would be issued a number of words to learn each day and often these were words that had come up in our conversations that I did not understand. This is a very poor family so I felt better about the money going to them rather than a tourist related classroom type business. And I had way more fun and got to experience the real culture etc. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn Spanish / Nica culture. Will send some pics to anyone interested in trying it. Check out Guesthouse El Carmen website, Matt, if interested in staying there. Good luck and have a great trip. Also, I can recommend a good, safe taxi driver who speaks fairly good English. I would call his cell and he wold come get me. He is honest and prompt and doesn't drive like he's on crack like some of them do.
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zenitram replied to the thread Electric hook up for new private home construction on the Nicaragua forum on April 25, 2015:
Mtvsolis initially posted:
We are beginning to build our retirement home just outside Leon on way to Poneloya. We have 1.4 manzanas and want to put electric posts and our own transformer inside our property. These will connect to the public wires already on hi way. Can anyone lead us to information, share experience, and give us local contacts to get this done? Thank you! FincaLosAngeles
zenitram replied on April 25, 2015 with:
I know a local electrician in leon who works according to US codes. He is also a former Disnorte supervisor and has many useful contacts there and with Bomberos. He paved the way for me more than once. PM me for his contact information if you're interested.
elduendegrande replied on April 20, 2015 with:
Life in the cheapo paradise is not always so cheap.. The 'developer' for our neighborhood screwed the pooch and delayed putting up the poles until he could no longer buy the mickey mouse nica-made artesinal ones for 500 bucks. Disnorte now requires the tall round professional looking ones from Salvador at $1200 a pop. All the ones you see popping up in rural areas that have no hope of ever paying for themselves are subsidised by foreign aid or govmint projects. If you need one, bring your checkbook or get on the right side of an aid project. Same deal on the transformer, he had to buy the model specified by Disnorte which was out of stock in the country at the time. As far as your property line post, any pos will do depending on your race and class, but I would suggest a 4 inch caja well painted. If you can get one made of galvanized, more better.
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HomeExchanger replied to the thread Gay couple visiting Granada on the Nicaragua forum:
kinghippy initially posted:
We are a gay couple who are visiting Granada in mid July. I am 35, partner is 24. We would like to meet some American expats. We are just trying to get a feel for what the expat community is like, as I may have the option of moving to Nicaragua in a year or so. I can be contacted directly at if you might be interested in meeting up with us
HomeExchanger replied on April 25, 2015 with:
FYI, Nicaragua just passed an anti-gay law excluding LGBT couples from marriage. By contrast Ecuador just passed civil unions. Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina and much of Mexico have equal marriage. My wife, kids and I spent 2 weeks in Granada last year. As obvious as it is that I am a lesbian I still got hit on and asked out by Nicaraguan men. We brought a gay pride flag for the wonderful Nicaraguan LGBT educators who travel around the country. They were very appreciative and need another pride flag and white Polo shirts to look more profesional. Clothes are very expensive there. Message me privately for their contact info.
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doniston replied to the thread Cable and Internet? on the Nicaragua forum on April 24, 2015:
tatteredonion initially posted:
I am still in the states but trying to research for someone in Nica about internet and cable. This is in Managua. For cable they are leaning towards SKY satellite service for the international (american and euro football) sports packages. I am wondering, with the heavy rains for 6 months, does the reception go to hell for half the year? Are there better alternatives if that is the case? Any experiences good or bad? Internet. Anyone have good or bad experiences with this? Advertised speeds not living up to the promise or people have pleasantly surprised? When I move this will be one of my biggest concerns. I like to stay in touch with friends and the world. Thanks all!!
doniston replied on April 24, 2015 with:
Imunderstand that you can also get Hughes net 4 there. is this true?
glockdiver69 replied on April 24, 2015 with:
Hi, For TV, we have the Claro "Basic" package. It has enough English channel to keep us occupied in the evening when we are not out doing something. It also has some nice channels for our 6 year old (Nick, Disney and a few others). For Internet, we use IBW and have really no complaints (about $60/mo for 512Kbps or $100/mo for 1Mbps). I will say, we have had very minimal issues with IBW (other than lightening hitting one of their towers last year). Both options can handle Skype or Viber, but if you are using video, you will need to stick with the 1Mbps package. That is what we use for calls outside of Nica. Inside Nica, we use a SmartPhone (iPhone and Samsung S4) with MoviStar SIM's. The cell phone minutes are pretty cheap especially when you get the 5:1 deals they text all the time. Hope that helps. Joseph
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azulnicaragua posted Bamboo flooring on the Nicaragua forum on April 22, 2015:
I have a been in Nicaragua 14 months and have a construction business in Northern Nicaragua. We are onto our third house build and half way through a restaurant. When I first arrived I was struggling to get flooring options for my clients. A couple of months ago I met a Guatemalan civil engineer in Managua who is importing outdoor and indoor bamboo flooring. I got samples and the quality is as good as I have previously used in Australia. Just thought I would share the information as lots of us come here to build our dream homes and then are met with many limitations. I'm not sure if I can share contact information here but you can email the company or have a look at whats happening in construction in the north on
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Salsera replied to the thread Dog Travel Questions on the Nicaragua forum on April 21, 2015:
TR1MAN initially posted:
What (if any) airlines allow small dog (chihuahua) cabin travel in a approved under-the-seat type carrier from California to Nic? If "none" what airline has a heated/pressurized cargo bay? By plane or car, what kind of health/immunization documentation is required? Lastly, how are hotels (low-mid priced) regarding accompanying pets?
Salsera replied on April 21, 2015 with:
DELTA offers many pet options - but it depends on the airplane type and day of travel (no weekend/holiday!). Manifest cargo (for "non-cabin" pets) is always pressurized and temperature-controleld. You find many infos on the "pet-travel websites" of the different airlines. Search at first for an appropriate (direct) flight - better to arrive in the evening to avoid temperatures above 95°F. Then search for the pet infos. Google also for a "pet-travel forum" - you will find many answers to your questions there. Best Western Las Mercedes at Managua airport permits small pets. But when asking by mail, they even permitted my 2 mediem-size dogs, and their staff was extremely helpfull - as well as the staff at Managua airport. But I paid 20$ per dog for 1 night. For Nicaragua you need a health certificate in Spanish + English, rabies certificate and parasite treatment, no microchip. And an export permit of the US and an APHIS 7001 form (airline regulations). If you send me a PM, I send you the whole "necessity package" for Nicaragua.
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Salsera replied to the thread bringing a dog on the Nicaragua forum on April 20, 2015:
Rob68 initially posted:
Hi- I'm considering working in Managua, and bringing my dog, a Labrador, would be a must. Are there many of you that have dogs, and if so, are they contented and even happy? Are there doggie day care places around the city? I'd appreciate some insight on how your dog has coped with the new transition. Tank you very much.
Salsera replied on April 20, 2015 with:
Many expats have brought their dogs along. I just moved from Madagascar to Nicaragua with my 2 dogs which took me 1 week (650km by special car transport from the coast to the capital, then 3 int'l flights with 2 transits and stopovers in Jo-Burg and Atlanta. I would not have been able to organize the flight situation by myself - using 3 pet travel specialists cost me a fortune, but they did a great job. My dogs traveled all distances in manifest cargo and arrived safe and sound, were only somewhat disturbed in Atlanta after a 15 hours flight without seeing any person. The airport staff in Managua is the best I ever met: about 20 uniformed and polite guys are standing there to help you take your baggage from the band. Bringing my 2 dogs through customs took not more than 30 minutes, the airport staff called the Best Western shuttle for me and loaded my luggage. I paid 14$ for each dog for the import permit + 1x30$ handling costs (for both). I spent the night in Best Western Las Mercedes. To avoid disturbing other guests, I asked for a room towards the periphery, where you have direct access to a road without traffic, and had the room service bring me my breakfast and some food (rests) from the kitchen. I paid 20$ for each dog at the hotel. I am in my house in Leon since 2 days, and my 8 year-old female dog is calm and fine, mostly sleeping. The 2-year old male is still somewhat excited and barks at everything that moves. Will have to neuter him... Good luck with your Labrador!
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