Travelling from Managua Airport to Granada

We were robbed at gunpoint travelling at night in a Paxeos shuttle from the airport to Granada in July of 08.  There were 9 norteamericanos in the Paxeos van, including young children.  I no longer travel at night, and would emphasize this rule for travelling in a van full of gringos fresh from the US with all their cash and goodies.  I recently heard that several other groups of tourists have been robbed on the same road (Tipitapa cut off) traveling from the airport to Granada at night.  Cuidado.

via Travelling from Managua Airport to Granada.

Another reason to stay at Farmstay El Porton Verde that first night in Nicaragua!

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  2. just received this email from the US State Department:

    SECURITY MESSAGE For U.S. Citizens
    Caution on Renting and Driving Vehicles in Nicaragua – April 8, 2014

    The U.S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua encourages U.S. citizens to exercise caution when renting and driving vehicles in Nicaragua. The Embassy has encountered a significant increase in reports of U.S. citizens in rental cars having their belongings stolen from their vehicles while pulled over to change a flat tire. In some cases, U.S. citizens report that apparent “Good Samaritans” will pull over to assist them to change the tire, and while distracted, another party will enter the vehicle and steal valuable items. The Embassy encourages U.S. citizens to travel in groups when possible, keep belongings out of sight and locked away while driving, and be extremely cautious of any offers to provide assistance.

    The Embassy also continues to receive reports of transit police authorities stopping U.S. citizens and demanding bribes in order to avoid fines. Motorists in rental cars and those with foreign license plates are more likely to be stopped by transit police. Transit police have seized driver licenses and car registration documents from motorists who refuse or are unable to pay. Subsequently, these drivers have reported difficulties in recovering the seized documents. U.S. citizens are urged to ensure that their vehicles comply fully with Nicaraguan regulations, including being in possession of an emergency triangle and fire extinguisher, and that the vehicle is properly registered and insured. To report any mistreatment by police, you can file a complaint directly with the National Police. Feel free to forward your complaint to the U.S. Consular Section in Managua as well.

    The Embassy also continues to receive reports of items stolen from cars while the passengers are in restaurants or at gas station convenience stores. We advise U.S. citizens not to leave any valuables or passports in an unattended vehicle. We also advise ensuring any items of perceived value, such as bags or backpacks, are out of plain view in unattended vehicles.

    To report a crime in Nicaragua, visitors should contact the local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Nicaragua, which is 118 in Spanish and 101 in English.

    In the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call 8882-3140 or 2252-7634. For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to ACS.Managua@state.gov.

    The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua. The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100. For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer. The ACS unit is also available by email at ACS.Managua@state.gov. Non-emergency services for U.S. citizens are available Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, except on Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays. An appointment is required, and you may schedule an appointment on line: https://evisaforms.state.gov/acs/default.asp?postcode=MNG&appcode=1

    This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

    • Thanks Josh for posting this. I used a little of the most recent report from the US Embassy/St. Dpt. to remind myself of the English-language police number to call, 101. About the specific targeting of rental car vehicles, I guess at the least that is good for folks wanting to do tours locally with me at the Farmstay instead of renting a vehicle and doing it yourself. When you consider that aspect of it, saving you the $40 minimum a day to rent a car here since you’ll want full insurance coverage (remember my story about the Italian couple at the Masaya Volcano the day the lava tube blew..?) plus the hassle of driving in a foreign country in general and BIG PLUS, less chance of getting into trouble in one of these oh-so-helpful “Good Samaritans” situations.

      Cheers, Mike

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