Nicaragua Travel Information

Travel

Prior to booking any travel arrangements, please check with your embassy or government authority for travel advice for the region.

Visas

Please note that it is also the participant’s responsibility to check the relevant information on entry requirements into Nicaragua. We recommend that you check the information the travel advice on either the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office website or the US State Department.

Important: Immigration registration required

*Important: Immigration registration required*
The Nicaraguan Government requires a list of all participants, including their nationality and passport number prior to entry in order to receive authorisation to pass through migration checks and enter the country.

This is separate to visa requirements, however.

It is the responsibility of participants to register with the Nicaraguan government by completing the ‘Application for Admission’ form (the partially completed form can be found here and sending it to the following email addresses: preyes@migob.gob.ni and solicitudes@migob.gob.ni.

We advise participants to send the request as soon as possible, to ensure that the request is processed in time for your arrival. Please bear in mind that the Christmas holidays may mean the process takes longer than expected. The following information is required:

For further assistance, please get in touch with us.

For further assistance, please get in touch with us.

Vaccinations

Yellow Fever: Some travellers may be required to show evidence of a yellow fever vaccination. See below for an extract from an announcement from the United States Embassy in Nicaragua:

“Effective January 27, 2017, travelers coming from countries designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as places with the potential for active transmission of yellow fever will be required to present an International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever, showing a vaccine given at least 10 days prior, at the Nicaraguan port of entry.  Those countries currently include Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, and all countries located on the African continent with the exception of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Somalia. Travelers with prior travel to countries with the potential for active transmission of yellow fever will NOT be required to show proof of a yellow fever vaccine as long as the prior travel to the affected country occurred more than six days prior and the traveler does not show symptoms of yellow fever.”

Bonsucro Week 2018 participants should make sure that their vaccinations and certificates match the requirements for entry.

General

– Dates

Bonsucro Week starts on Monday 15 January 2018 and runs until Friday 19 January 2018.

– Locations & Accommodation

Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, will be the base for Bonsucro Week, with day trips taking participants to field visits and cultural events in the Department of Chinandega, in the northeast of Nicaragua on the Pacific coast.

The venue in Managua is the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and participants are able to book rooms at a preferential rate.

Address: Crowne Plaza Hotel – Octava Oeste #101, Calle Sur 03, Nicaragua

Bookings:

Participants can also book their own accommodation at a preferential rate by contacting Marcela Gutierrez (copying marlia.cardenas@ihg.com)  or via telephone at 505 2255-9870 ext 4612 (Identity code: BONSUCRO 2018).

Room Rates

BONSUCRO 2018 Rates:

The Crowne Plaza Managua Hotel & Convention Center awaits you with 140 newly renovated rooms, parking for 200 vehicles, 24 hour security, recreational areas such as lobby bar, beauty parlor, travel agency, barber shop, rent a car, terrace and swimming pool, is offering the following rates:

Executive Floor:
Suite – US $ 135.00 + taxes*
Master Suite – US $ 450.00 + taxes*
Presidential – US $ 650.00 + taxes*
Benefits:

  • Renovated room with King Size bed
  • Anteroom
  • 43 inch TV with digital cable signal
  • Buffet breakfast at the Restaurant Los Continentes (no room service applies)
  • Wireless High Speed Internet in hotel rooms and lobby
  • Access to Fitness Center at no additional cost
  • 1 complimentary bottle of water daily per person
  • Full amenities temple Spa
  • Points or miles in our IHG Rewards Club program

Standard Floor:
Single Standard Room – US $ 75.00 + taxes*
Double Standard Room – US $ 95.00 + taxes*
Junior Suite – US $ 105.00 + tax*
Benefits:

  • Renovated room with King Size bed
  • 43 inch TV with digital cable signal
  • Buffet breakfast at the Restaurant Los Continentes (no room service applies)
  • Wireless High Speed Internet in hotel rooms and lobby
  • Access to Fitness Center at no additional cost
  • 1 complimentary bottle of water daily per person
  • Full amenities temple Spa
  • Points or miles in our IHG Rewards Club program.

*All rates are fixed, subject to availability; do not include taxes (15% VAT + 2% INTUR taxes)
*Additional person: $ 20 + tax per night (15% VAT + 2% INTUR taxes)
*Shuttle from airport to hotel available if booked in advance – US$ 8.00 net per person per trip

Money

The currency of Nicaragua is the córdoba (C$). US dollars are also accepted almost everywhere. The current exchange rate is 30.8  córdobas to 1 US dollar (Dec 2017).

Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted in the larger towns of and you can often count on midrange hotels and restaurants to take them. Expect a surcharge for using a credit card.

You can get cash from the ATMs which can be found inside Crowne Plaza hotel, nearby banks and gas stations. ATMs will dispense both dollars or córdobas, your choice through your originating bank will probably charge a currency exchange fee.

Safety

International travellers are often surprised to learn that the United Nations ranks Nicaragua as one of the safest countries in Latin America. The 2009 “Global Peace Index” which ranks 144 countries in the world ranked Nicaragua the 5th most peaceful country in Latin America. To be doubly safe, common sense precautions should be taken for visitors to Nicaragua, as in any country in the world.

Street crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching is common. Remain alert when walking in markets, in the vicinity of the old cathedral in Managua, near Tica bus, at public transportation terminals, and in poorer areas. Avoid the Mercado Oriental in Managua. Exercise common sense and ensure that your personal belongings, passports and other travel documents are secure at all times (preferably in the hotel).

Carry a photocopy of the identification page of your passport and a photocopy of the page that was stamped by local immigration authorities at the point of entry, and keep the original in a secure place. Do not carry large sums of money, especially while traveling on buses. Purse, backpack and jewelry snatching occur while drivers are stopped at intersections and while pedestrians are walking on the street.

We recommend all participants coming to Nicaragua to have traveller insurance. 

Health

Related Travel Notices

  • Chikungunya – for more information click here
  • Zika virus – for more information click here

Field Visits

San Antonio Mill

Join us for a tour of San Antonio mill, the first Bonsucro certified mill in Nicaragua.

Flor de Caña Tour (optional)

On Day 4, Bonsucro Week participants will experience the Flor de Caña Rum Tour.

Monte Rosa Mill

Find out how Monte Rosa mill is working towards Bonsucro certification

Country Club Chinandega

On Day 5, the closing ceremony will take place in Country Club Chinandega to experience traditional nicaragüense food, music and landscape.

Tourism in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a spectacular destination – if you would like to organise a trip after Bonsucro Week, please find some options below: