Nicaragua Residency Guide

How Do I get Residency in Nicaragua?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions we get here at the Farmstay, and I’m VERY happy to report that now I can give one simple recommendation that I feel very confident can help ANYBODY seeking to move down to Nicaragua on a permanent or semi-permanent basis. GO BUY THE Nicaconexiones Nicaragua Residency Guide!


THE Nicaragua Residency Guide

Author Casey Callais has done a great job in explaining not only the general process, but also the specifics of how to gain residency here in Nicaragua. Every possible form that Immigration or INTUR requires is shown to you, it’s meaning explained to you, and the reason why the Nicaraguan government would even want to know some of the information is also provided. This gives you a specific path to gain residency, an understanding of the requirements, and a context for why, how, and when that I haven’t found in any other source.

The cost is nominal for the basic edition, $29.00 and even includes a personal consultation with the author! There are two other options besides the basic edition, the Plus Edition and the Personal Edition. See Casey’s website for further details.


Bang! Mic drop…another five-star review!

Folks looking to relocate to Nicaragua enjoy a great start to their adventures with a Farmstay!

Yes, we give thanks for our fabulous visitors!

Yes, we give thanks for our fabulous visitors!

Man, it’s gonna be tough to not get a big head with our recent visitors providing us with such lovely reviews like this one from Jeff, a recent visitor from Arizona that came to us via Airbnb. He and his wife Karla and their cute puppy came in using the VIP Service at the airport, so a “soft landing” was almost guaranteed! Turns out they are relocating to Nicaragua and will likely be neighbors of mine at a beach property down in Playa Guasacate, Tola, Rivas so we expect to see much more of them in the near future! Thank you for the five-star review, we appreciate it.

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Another recent five-star review!

Thanks for the sweet Airbnb review!

Thanks for the kind review Isak!

Looks like we’ve been hitting the mark as far as our continued commitment to providing our “soft landing service” to our Farmstay visitors. Thank you for the five-star review! Isak and family flew in from New York to have a quick getaway and a bit of a relax. As a film maker, Isak has done some work recently in Guatemala filming a documentary, so he and his wife have some experience in Central America but had never visited Nicaragua before. We sure hope he visits again with his lovely bride and daughter!

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Airport improvements “noticeable”

Airport improvements “noticeable”

In Managua International Airport, where US $ 95 million has been invested in the past eight years, the bags are on-time and the paperwork is agile, following recent reforms made by the government, according to national and international users.


 Foto: Melvin Vargas Better and faster service is being felt at the Managua airport.

Foto: Melvin Vargas
Better and faster service is being felt at the Managua airport.

Managua, Nicaragua | August 30, 2015 | 12:05 am | Print edition
Faster clearance of bags and customs & immigration working more expeditiously when leaving or arriving in the country are the main improvements that users of Augusto C. Sandino International Airport then perceive as the terminal begins operating 24 hours a day this week.
“I had no delay. I was only asked for my papers for immigration and had a quick security check performed on my luggage. I passed the checkpoint and within minutes I left,” shared Maria Castillo, a visitor coming from Panama.
A similar view was shared when yesterday Nohelia Alvarado, who came from Miami and stressed that in addition to the expedited landing process, the attention of the staff has improved and the hassles from immigration are less.
“I just filled out the customs form when I noticed that at least three people from immigration are ready to assist in landing procedures,” said Alvarado.

Operations Around the Clock

Earlier this week, government authorities reported that given the high increase air connectivity with Nicaragua, Augusto C. Sandino International Airport would have an extended office hours.
The measure was supported by representatives of the private sector and the airlines operating in the country.
On Wednesday officials of the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC), the Administrator Company of International Airports (EAAI) and representatives of the airlines provided details on improvements.
Speaking to the official website 19 Digital, Orlando Castillo, general manager of the airport, mentioned that one of the measures implemented is related to the increase in personnel to provide care for 24 hours, allowing, among other factors, to guarantee full service for night flights.
They also have a new X-ray system to inspect the bags. They settled breaks in passenger flows for better organization, for example, reordering of rows in immigration to ease inflows and outflows; improved lighting in all areas of international and domestic terminal; relocation of domestic flights counters for the reorganization of passenger flow, signage location for the orientation of airport users, among other improvements.
Meanwhile Maria Antonieta Novoa, director of Immigration, said that “we managed to hire 30 new employees in Immigration.”
“At the same time we have increased to 12 the number of kiosks dedicated to the attention of travelers leaving the country. As for services for incoming passengers, we increased to 15 the number of kiosks. Among them we have to care for the crew, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities,” according to the EAAI website.
The Directorate General of Customs said that increasing the amount of existing airport scanners, allows greater streamlining of customs clearance processes.
95 million dollars have been invested in the past eight years at the airport Augusto C. Sandino and other air terminals in the country, according to official data.

Source (in Spanish): Mejoras en Aeropuerto “se notan”

So this is undeniably good news for tourism and for the visitors themselves. More lines to go through customs and immigration, better attention to the clients, and improvements in passenger flows are all good things and much needed to help improve the experience of the customers of the Managua airport.

Also notable is the Managua airport going to a 24 hour schedule of operations. As it stands now, there at least two flights coming in at the wee hours (thanks Spirit Air!) and undoubtedly there are some more new routes coming in at that late night/early A.M. time frame.

Congratulations airlines, EAAI, and INAC for a job well done, keep up the good work!

Developer Ophir Sternberg’s Involvement in Nicaraguan Resort Properties

Developer Ophir Sternberg

Developer Ophir Sternberg

You have a project in Nicaragua. Tell us about that.

Interestingly, my Nicaragua projects are connected to The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach. When I purchased the Miami Heart Hospital for the Ritz-Carlton Residences, I received ownership of a large quantity of hospital beds and equipment. I decided to donate these to a worthy cause, the American Nicaraguan Foundation, a Miami-based nonprofit run by Alfredo Pellas, whose family is one of the most prominent in Nicaragua.

Mr. Pellas graciously invited me to visit his country, and I immediately fell in love with the landscape, the people and the culture. I quickly realized that Nicaragua is a rapidly growing destination for tourism and vacation-home real estate, and now is the time to invest.

Our first initiative was to purchase Aqua Wellness Resort, a barefoot luxury resort in Nicaragua’s Pacific Emerald Coast. We are currently enhancing and enlarging the resort, so that in November 2016, Aqua will be rebranded as Six Senses Nicaragua — the Asian luxury brand’s first outpost in the Americas. We are also developing a “luxury circuit” of Six Senses properties for guests, including a spa hotel in the Spanish Colonial city of Granada, which is Nicaragua’s No. 1 tourist destination.

We are also planning a boutique equestrian resort in partnership with Rancho Chilamate on over 300 acres.

Read more here:

Source: Developer Ophir Sternberg lured from New York by Miami’s potential

This is a snippet from a longer article describing this developer who has gotten into the incipient Nicaraguan Resort market. Another data point for those following as this is someone who has made a fairly large investment in the future of Nicaragua for spas and luxury resorts, including vacation and second homes. El Porton Verde wishes Mr. Sternberg all the best in his plans and we’ll be following continued developments.

The Labyrinth of the Capital | La Prensa

The labyrinth of the capital

By: Amalia Morales

Map of Managua showing the amount of roadwork required

Map of Managua showing the amount of roadwork required

  • The circulatory system of the capital is a labyrinthine. As does a heart, it pumps vehicles in and out of the capital through five arteries that have undergone changes in the past three decades. Passing through the capital little more than three hundred thousand vehicles, half of the total flowing through the country.

One lane is extended every two years and they’ve built an overpass after eight years. In the last three decades the system of streets and avenues of the capital has undergone some changes, however, traffic is growing at a rate of about twenty thousand vehicles per year. Experts consulted say it is not only building roads and creating more roundabouts, intelligent traffic lights or overpasses that will resolve the chaotic traffic that alters the lives of Managuans.
They also have to improve roads connecting neighborhoods and encourage the use of alternate streets that lack signaling, but mostly they have to think about the ordinary citizen and to transform the mass transit system, which indeed, cities like Panama, New York, Medellin, Mexico, Bogotá, Curitiba, Santiago de Chile, among others have done.
A report on the national road network of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MTI) 2001 argued that “the road network in Managua-very soon become congested due to increased vehicles as a result of economic and population growth. However, the development of new roads, as well as the improvement of existing, becomes vital for the future of Managua.”
The same report states, “however, that the problem of traffic congestion has never been solved anywhere in the world by simply building one road and then another. This does not solve the problem, this is just a waste of resources and deterioration of the environment of the city. ”
The former mayor of Managua, Dionisio Marenco, agrees with these proposals and is certain that other cities have invested improving mass transit system.
“For me the solution lies not in creating additional lanes, is by means of developing mass transportation,” says Marenco, who explains that when a city has over a million inhabitants, it is no longer enough to only have the bus system as the capital has now. You need to create an articulated transport system as has been done in Latin American cities, where the authorities led to develop a bus system which have an exclusive lane or a meter, which is almost unthinkable in Managua by the number of seismic faults that cross the city and soil quality.
“The most efficient investment that could be made here is to develop more streets like Cardinal Obando y Bravo who will joining pieces of east-west streets, if that could be extended up to the Old Road to León, it would be fantastic.”
Dionisio Marenco, former mayor of Managua.



In this regard, there is an old proposal to build a system of “environmentally friendly” mass transit and population.
Engineer Arnulfo Martinez says there was a proposal in 1974 to improve the transport system in the capital. The proposed mass transit spoken of Martinez proposes three main areas: the first covers the northern highway to Ciudad Sandino, the second road from Masaya to the Malecon and the third from the South -Take Incae to the Malecon, encompassing neighborhoods in the west of the capital. These three areas, which would benefit from multimodal terminals in which coincide without causing accidents; buses, taxis, motorcycles, bicycles and private vehicles, they would be articulated with other transport networks organized within the city.
Martinez, who worked on the proposal and updated it, has criticized a lack of political will to implement changes in the transport system of the capital. The engineer questions why the existing system of routes has not been restructured in the capital since the eighties.
Martinez developed this proposal, with advice from Rodrigo Salazar-the guru of changes in the transport system of cities like Medellin, which have been awarded for their human-friendly system and is part of a transportation system even use the lake Xolotlán well as waterway transport. “It’s a natural way that you can use,” said the expert.
“Half of the right of way belongs to the pedestrian, not everything is for the vehicle. Creating more traffic lanes on the road does not solve the problem, on the contrary, it is a trap for pedestrians.” Arnulfo Martinez, an engineer specializing in mass transit.



Architect Gerald Pentzke, former director of Urbanism of the Municipality of Managua, believes that administrative measures should be implemented, other technical and infrastructure investments.
The lights and the work of the police during rush hour “is a very effective test” of the work of the intelligent lights that began operating this week. And it is relatively “cheap” considered Pentzke, adding that alongside the two administrative measures should be implemented more technical and investment measures such as the Rubenia overpass. In designs which exist in the Municipality they are also provided overpasses in the area of ​​Metrocentro, where eight years ago there was a pressure of about ninety thousand vehicles per day, but has now increased. The former mayor recalled that the sector of Metrocentro “is the heart” of the capital after the earthquake of 1972 began to grow to the south.
Pentzke also believes that working in the process of interconnection within neighborhoods to decongest the main roads of vehicles with slower circulation as trucks and motorcycle taxis. It is what has been done within some neighborhoods of the Carretera Norte as Hugo Chavez, Pedro Joaquin Chamorro and Las Torres, where they have created bridges and streets.
But he also believes that should fix the streets that are unfinished, finish the lanes that lead nowhere that have been made only in pieces. It is estimated that there are about nine hundred dead ends in Managua.
“Another important factor in this regard is that the road development is always followed by urbanization and a rapid population increase, thus a vicious circle tends to be created between urban expansion and road development. The road development in Managua should be strictly controlled, planned with strong implementation of the administrative capacity of the city, “the MTI report, with which experts agree that along with improving over three hundred intersections that the capital has, you should go for a more humane transport system, requiring many who now are in a private vehicle, to leave it and use the buses.

Source (in Spanish): El laberinto de la capital | La Prensa

According to this article, there remains lots of unfinished business as regards the transportation in, out and around the capital city of Managua. In addition to hundreds of dead ends, unfinished roads, lack of investment in better mass transport systems, the city faces a seemingly never-ending increase in the amount of vehicles added to the streets of Managua every year (over 20,000!).

Adding new lanes to existing roads does not solve anything, and the resultant lack of space for pedestrians also causes problems with the people. You can’t do a subway system here due to the active seismic fault lines, and right-of-ways to build light rail or dedicated bus lanes simply does not exist in Managua.

An interesting point made is that when a city grows to over 1 million in population, a standard bus system just doesn’t cut it anymore as far as serving the needs of the people. I can’t see too many solutions to this problem other than instituting a massive taking of properties along the existing roads to be able to widen them and install dedicated light rail and/or electric bus technologies.

There’s that area from Huembes Market to Carretera a Masaya for example. This area gets choked with traffic every workday, and there are few if any alternate routes to be taken to avoid the area. What might work at least a bit is to construct a sort of ring road, say from just east of the airport extending south towards Masaya and west to the Carretera Sur, but this area, especially on the west side, already is populated with lots of homes and businesses so implementing such a plan would be difficult at best.

What are your ideas to help improve traffic in Managua?

Pleasant Holidays Expands Presence in Nicaragua | TravelPulse

Pleasant Holidays Expands Presence in Nicaragua Vacation Packages | David Cogswell | August 18, 2015

PHOTO: Managua, home of the Barceló Managua, is one of the Nicaraguan destinations in Pleasant Holidays' newest expansion . (Photo by David Cogswell)

PHOTO: Managua, home of the Barceló Managua, is one of the Nicaraguan destinations in Pleasant Holidays’ newest expansion . (Photo by David Cogswell)

Pleasant Holidays continues to expand its Central American presence with the addition of five resorts in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is still relatively new on the tourism market, but Pleasant is signaling that it will be expanding there as part of its push southward in Central America. “The largest country in Central America yet a relatively unknown and exotic vacation haven, Nicaragua offers charming colonial cities, tranquil beaches, majestic volcanoes, expansive lakes, tropical jungles, exotic wildlife and fascinating eco-tourism adventures,” said Jack E. Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays. The additions include Barceló Managua in Managua; Hotel Dario in the colonial city of Granada; Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Granada Isletas on Lake Nicaragua; and three resorts on the Emerald Coast, including Aqua Wellness Resort, Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge and Mukul Beach, Golf and Spa Resort. The offering covers a range of styles of hotel, from luxury resorts to boutique properties for honeymoons to eco-lodges. The company is launching the new series of resorts in Nicaragua with a $100 savings per booking for all Nicaragua resorts. The discount is valid on new bookings of air-inclusive packages of three nights or more booked by Sept. 13 for travel through July 16, 2016. Travel agents can book on Pleasant Holidays exclusive travel agent site.

Source: Pleasant Holidays Expands Presence in Nicaragua | TravelPulse

Another data point for those following developments in the Nicaraguan tourism sector. This short press release discusses some additional tour options offered by well-known tour operator Pleasant Holidays. I take this as an indicator of Nicaragua becoming a more mainstream travel option for those looking for packaged deals instead of independent travel.

This offering means that any travel agent can book a nice (albeit more expensive) guided tour of Nicaragua without having any specialized knowledge or experience traveling here, thereby bringing a whole new type of traveler to this country. Your thoughts and comments appreciated!

Adventure in El Chocoyero

 Are we in physical condition to walk 3.200 meters? That was the first thing I asked the guide before starting our journey in the Wildlife Refuge Chocoyero-El Brujo, a nature reserve which is situated in the municipality of Ticuantepe, about 30 kilometers from Managua.

Jose Santos Valle, ranger of the reserve and who accompanied us on this adventure, reports that this place was declared a protected area on June 23, 1993 and was later elevated to the status of a wildlife refuge in 2004.

According to Valle, this retreat is considered the largest reservoir of fresh water in Managua.Its two waterfalls: La Bruja and The Chocoyero, supply drinking water to several communities in Ticuantepe. At more than 20 meters of height, these waterfalls are among the main attractions of the area.

Bird sanctuary

As we move forward, the guide told us that in the reserve have been identified 186 species of birds, 44 are migratory and come from the United States and Canada, the others are local. The most predominant species is the Pacific Parakeet, known as chocoyo, hence the place be called “Chocoyero”.

During the tour it is common to hear the sound of the howler monkeys, which easily can be seen in a trail dedicated to the sighting of this species. Here we have identified 56 types of mammals, most breed are white-faced monkeys, raccoons, squirrels, anteaters, guatusos, peccaries, deer, armadillos, among other species.

Interested: Gallery Chocoyero

The lizards, iguanas, lizards and snakes are among the 33 species of reptiles have been discovered at the shelter. There are also 11 types of amphibians, including the green frog red eye, known as Agalychnis callidryas.

This sanctuary is also home to 163 species of trees and shrubs. The most prevalent are: guayabón, medlar, fig tree, ficus elastic or rubber tree, black and royal cedar chilamate. The guide emphasizes that they are protecting and playing for your kind does not go away and for wildlife to feed on their fruits and roots infiltrate water into the aquifer.

Water wealth

After walking 1.800 meters, in an area with irregular surface: flat and outstanding parts, we have come to the El Brujo waterfall. The ranger says it has that name because a hundred years ago, when it was first discovered, the locals did not know exactly where it came from the source, it was an underground river, the water came to the surface by a ravine 70 meters and then he infiltrated to disappear completely.

The view offered this spring is beautiful. Leaping, a powerful jet with a capacity of 120 gallons per minute, supply drinking water communities of San Jose, Los Rios and France.

1,200 meters is another waterfall, Chocoyero, supplying the vital liquid to the El Eden community. In summer, its flow is 50 gallons per minute in winter the amount is doubled.

Along the side, a huge cliff about 80 meters high and volcanic is the refuge of hundreds of parakeets. The holes in the large rock walls leave every morning these birds in flocks in search of food and return at about 4:00 or 5:00 pm to sleep.


For the more daring and adventurous, the refuge offers trails on the upper surface of the reserve, they take five to eight hours. Two guides, trained in the use of implements such as ropes and first aid kits will accompany you during the tour.

Although the reserve is small, there are obstacles that could hinder their access to the trails, so the guide warns that carry water to stay hydrated, and if have problems with blood pressure is better to opt for the lower walks, which are less risky.

In the place you could also camp or stay in the cabins, this would allow you to do some guided tours at night.

How to get?

By car: From Managua you’re on the road to Masaya, arriving at kilometer 14 turn right in the direction of Ticuantepe, then you will you direct to the road to La Concepcion and at kilometer 21 and a half turn right, there you will see the signs that will indicate the route, the shelter is about eight kilometers. It is advisable to make the trip in a 4×4 vehicle because it is a dirt road with uneven surface.

By bus: Roberto Huembes market in Managua you will take the bus going to Ticuantepe, get off at the urban area and there hire a motorcycle taxi service that will take you to the refuge’s visitor center.


Domestic tourists: C $ 40
Foreign tourists: C $ 90
Children: C $ 10
Elementary students: C $ 15
College: C $ 25
Path watching: $ 4
Adventure Path: US $ 40
Family cabin: $ 30
Double cabin: $ 20

If you like to be in contact with nature and adventure tourism is attractive to you, this place is for you!

Source: Aventura en El Chocoyero

Top Five Tips for Renting a Car in Nicaragua

Top Five Tips for Renting a Car in Nicaragua

Posted by Bed and Breakfast Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua on Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Google image search reveals quite a few rental car companies here in Nicaragua

A Google image search reveals quite a few rental car companies here in Nicaragua

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! MGA transport, B&B Farm

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! MGA transport, B&B Farm (km. 10 1/2 Carretera a Masaya)image 1image 1image 2image 3image 4image 5image 6image 7image 8image 9image 10image 11image 12image 13image 140BR available nowdogs are OK – woooffurnishedwheelchair accessiblehouselaundry on siteoff-street parkingYou won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua!About the FarmstayLocated in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!MissionTo bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.DescriptionFarmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!General InformationWe are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen.

Source: You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! MGA transport, B&B Farm