To My Friends and Family: Please come visit me in Nicaragua

Cordial Invite? Friends and Family, Please Visit El Porton Verde and Experience Nicaragua!

To my friends and family: I am officially inviting you to come and visit Nicaragua this year. Maybe Nicaragua isn’t for…

Posted by Mike Quinn on Saturday, March 26, 2016

What’s this all about anyway?

I want you to visit Nicaragua. It’s time, really, like this year, 2016 let’s make this happen! I can customize your travel itinerary for you based on what you want to do and with whom you would like to do it! Just contact me and even if I’ve never met you, you’ll still get the “friends and family” treatment!
Partial list of what’s on offer:

Give me an idea, what’s a “typical” Nicaraguan vacation include?

You will fly into Managua International Airport where as soon as you get out of customs, heading towards the area of the rental cars, you will see my smiling face! A lot of flight arrive sort of late at night, so you and your travel companions can stay with us at the farm that first night.

When you wake up, you’ll see a wonderful view, enjoy a tasty farm-fresh breakfast, with ingredients from the farm, and we’ll plan out that first day. There are lots of things to do in the local area, colonial towns, big lakes, crater lakes, volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, etc., so you can easily spend a couple of days partaking in that and getting your feet wet so to speak.

Then we can figure out what your particular interests are and make sure those fantastic travel experiences happen for you. Here are some possibilities:

And ideally you will plan to have the time to do a number of the above listed items or we can discover even more, this is only a partial listing!

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Swimming pool, tranquility and volcano views guaranteed!

Time of year to travel | Lonely Planet

What is the best time of year to travel to Nicaragua?

The one where a family wants to travel to Nicaragua and wants to know what is the best time of year to travel to Nicragua. Hint: The rainy season isn’t bad! From the Lonely Planet Nicaragua travel forum.

Hi folks,

We are a family with two kids, 7 and 2, that are very much wanting to travel independently in Nicaragua. We are seasoned travelers, that isn’t an issue, but as it is our first time to Central America we are mainly wondering about weather at the time of year available. We are most likely looking at either a few weeks in the end of May to mid June, or the month of July. I have read that this is the rainy season? We were thinking of a few locations only, probably basing in Granada, but also are interested in Otega and Little Corn, maybe also a few days at least in some off-the-beaten-track little town in a local hotel where there is nothing in particular to do. lol. But is this literally the worst time to go? We don’t want to do the beach every day or anything, but a month of crappy raining weather would suck, especially with the kids. Advice? Thanks

Greetings DBN9663: You have an excellent response already, that the rainy season isn’t like an all-day deluge, but more typically either afternoon thundershowers or better yet, raining at night time. So you can plan your outings in the morning and be almost guaranteed to have good weather. On Corn Island the rain comes more frequently and there’s not such a distinct wet/dry season as there is on the Pacific coast, but it’s usually a short rain that clears up after a bit.
To add to that a little, the “normal” rainy season begins in mid-May but the weather has been anything but normal for a few years now. In fact, the first part of the rainy season has been extremely dry on the Pacific side in recent years. So, that said, it might be better to come in July if that’s an option as it might be that most of May would still be the end of the hot/dry season, which typically is April to the beginning of the rainy season.
By July the rainy season should hopefully be in full swing, fingers crossed! What with the El Niño year, its not clear how that might affect our rainy season in Nicaragua. The forecast maps say it will be dry further north and wet further south but who knows, right?
It’s just weather anyway, so go ahead an plan a great trip for your family!

Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Time of year to travel

Best time to travel to Nicaragua

It’s typically rainer on the Caribbean coast.

Tourism in Nicaragua received 18.7% more foreign exchange – La Prensa

Tourism in Nicaragua received 18.7% more foreign exchange

Yohany Lopez 03/22/2016
Tourism in Nicaragua received 18.7% more foreign exchange

The Central Bank of Nicaragua, through its official Twitter account, confirmed that the tourism sector in Nicaragua received $528.6 million dollars during 2015, According to the organization, growth was 18.7 percent as compared with $445.4 million dollars the country received during 2014. Indeed, Tourism in Nicaragua is growing quite a bit!

See:For Lucy Valenti, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), this data reflects the efforts of both the private and public sector, who have sought to stabilize and raise quality levels.

“That figure lets us know that tourism generated more revenue Nicaragua that the main export products in 2015,” said Valenti, who acknowledges that with a strategy better focused to attract tourists to spend more, the country will exceed $1 billion dollars in a short term.
“With just the average daily tourist spending increasing by $ 30, we can see how the sector will continue to contribute to economic development and job creation,” said the president of Canatur.

According to data from BCN last year the average tourist spending in Nicaragua was $ 41.5, down a bit from 41.8 dollars in 2014.While the average stay increased from 7.7 days to 8.7 days.Read: Tourists spent less in 2015 in Nicaragua

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So far the data that the BCN has pending is the number of tourists who entered the country. However, the co-director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), Anasha Campbell, said that during 2015, 1.45 million visitors entered the country, of which 1.38 million were tourists, 23.473 cruise passengers and  46.235 tour participants.

According to Campbell, housing increased in 2015 compared to 2014 by 654 rooms, when Intur statistics reflected 13,242. You can also read: holiday accommodation in Nicaragua must grow

related notes

Source: Turismo en Nicaragua percibió 18.7% más en divisas – La Prensa

Hey hey! More good data points coming out of the tourism sector of the economy. It is interesting to read that tourism now accounts for more spending than the income from the country’s largest exports. While the article doesn’t say what those exports are, presumably they are cigars, cattle, and other agricultural products.

One other small note, the president of CANTUR, Ms. Valenti says that if the daily spend increases by $30 we can see the sector continuing to support economic development and generation of jobs. Well, I’d like to see the plan on how that is happening, because the daily spend by tourists is currently a little over $40, so how are you about to increase that by 75% with another $30?

There needs to be a study of perceived value for lodging, tours, and other services rendered to visitors, a comparison of prices for said items in Nicaragua, and how much the same types of services and products cost in neighboring countries.

Then, let’s see what the quality is compared to these other places and see if Nicaragua needs to increase the quality of the offerings, and in what respect? Better quality beds? Better trained tour guides? Transportation? Infrastructure? Exactly what needs to change to get that average spend up? I for one would be interested in participating in any studies done!

The obvious “wins” to increase the spending would be from an increase in:

  • cruise passengers
  • luxury spas and other five-star resorts
  • luxury tours

China’s Fantasy Canal Doing Real Damage in Nicaragua | The Diplomat

The Nicaraguan canal is a delusion, but human rights abuses and land grabs in the project’s name are all too real.

Image Credit: Flickr/ MRS Movimiento Renovador Sandinista

Image Credit: Flickr/ MRS Movimiento Renovador Sandinista


By Robert Nelson March 17, 2016

The planned Chinese canal through Nicaragua has received little attention in the United States, and when it does, the reaction is usually alarmist. Daniel Runde in his Foreign Policy piece provides a typical example: “The canal’s construction should be seen as a geostrategic probe by China. The depth of the canal, a reported 28 meters, should also raise eyebrows as it would be deep enough for Chinese submarines to quickly and covertly cross between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.”

But the canal almost certainly will not happen. To the extent that the project should worry the United States, the focus should be on human rights abuses and not on any perceived challenge to the outmoded Monroe Doctrine.

The canal will not happen because it does not make sense. The primary reason is that there is no demand for a second Central American canal, making the project financially unfeasible. In an interview with CNBC, Bruce Carlton, president and CEO of the National Industrial Transportation League, a shipping industry advocacy group, speaking for the vast majority of industry experts said, “I sincerely believe we don’t need another canal. I don’t think there’s enough ship traffic to warrant the construction of another canal.” In addition, at a cost of $40 billion, even if the Nicaraguan canal received all of the Panama Canal’s current traffic (an impossible assumption) it would take 40 years for the project to break even. Add on that the Panama Canal offers faster transit times, that no current American ports can handle ships the size that the Nicaraguans are talking about, and that global warming could possibly open a faster and free route north of Canada, and the whole project seems like a fool’s errand.

Read the rest here–>Source: China’s Fantasy Canal Doing Real Damage in Nicaragua | The Diplomat

Is China’s Fantasy Canal Doing Real Damage in Nicaragua?

El Portón Verde has not been reporting very much about the proposed Interoceanic Canal lately, mostly because not much has been happening, and also that most reporting from the US-based media is pure propaganda and I’d rather not assist in that endeavor.

That said, this is a very well-written piece from “The Diplomat”  which “is the premier international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region.” In other words, this site doesn’t appear to be to far in the tank for one particular point of view or another but rather seems to be dedicated to quality analysis and commentary.

Unfortunately, it appears that my worst case scenario is aligning to a point where it is likely to come true. That is, in the game that is being played here, where this Chinese company, HKND is supposed to be able to build an interoceanic canal from the Caribbean coast in the east all the way over to the Pacific coast on the west, but is actually much more interested in a land grab, making resorts and golf courses.

Any actual digging will be short-lived, and the result will be that Nicaragua will unfortunately experience all the negative consequences to the natural environment with none of the economic benefits that a functioning canal is supposed to provide the people of Nicaragua.

Sadly, even my worst case scenario may prove to be wildly optimistic in terms of outcomes for Nicaragua!worstcase



Arriving in Managua ~8pm-Feasibility of making a minibus from UCA at 9, or shuttle from airport to Granada available?



I am arriving in Managua around 8pm and was wondering if I have time to get to UCA for a 9 pm shuttle to Masaya, and also if shuttle buses from the airport to Granada run that late. Any suggestions on the best way to get to UCA at that time? Would it be more advisable to stay in Managua and travel the next day?
Thank you!

Greetings emgtravel:

I’d say no chance to get to La UCA at that time and that there would be no bus leaving that late. Like others have written, it is basically either do the shuttle or private sedan, so max $40 but you can split that up to three ways with 3 pax. The other option would be to look for a nice place to stay that will come pick you up and be located near the route from UCA to Granada and then the next morning you would only pay about a buck to go to Granada instead of up to $40.

Cheers, Mike_elportonverde


Arriving in Managua at Night?

This question comes up fairly frequently in the travel forums about Nicaragua, as a lot if not a majority of flights come in at night, when arriving in Managua how would one get to Granada or is it better to wait until the next day?

I’ve answered this before in an original blog post: Head-to-Head Comparison: After Arriving at the Managua Airport, Going Directly to Granada vs. Staying near Carretera a Masaya

Bottom line is that, after arriving in Managua, you should be able to decide if it’s okay with you to get to Granada the next morning instead of at a late hour at night.

If you decide to go with the El Portón Verde solution, you can:

Now I’ve had expats of Granada give me a really hard time about this modest proposal I make, as if enough tourists don’t go directly to Granada as soon as they land! I don’t argue that what is right for an individual traveler is always the best thing for everybody, but I do contend that for someone who wants a softer landing to Nicaragua, have a chance to see a friendly face, be greeted by someone who speaks your language meets you at the Managua airport, gives you a nice comfortable ride and room at a farm where in the morning you’ll have an incredible view, eat a great filling breakfast, have a chance to do a quick farm tour or a dip in our swimming pool, then we get you on the bus for a short trip to Granada that only costs $1 USD, well, that is a good proposition for some people, am I right?


Free visits and open commerce at Nicaraguan Public Resorts this summer



As of this weekend, the order of President Ortega goes into effect to allow free access to all public resorts this summer season, said First Lady Rosario Murillo on Friday.

The First Lady recalled that this approach is applied year after year to ensure free access of families to all the facilities that are for the enjoyment and recreation of the population in general.
It has also been stipulated that no one should be charged, nor disavow the income of people working selling food, drinks or other products in these days of Easter and these weekends leading upto the biggest week, said Murillo.
“They can enter to earn an honest living selling food, selling sweets and soft drinks selling, selling shave ice, selling ice cream, all our brothers sellers; also brothers who have stable businesses in the various spas will have good jobs, we hope, in this season, with the peace that exists in this country. We will have full local support for the vendors and we are sure that they will brighten up service and observe all hygiene recommendations made ​​by the Ministry of Health , “said Rosario as published on Friday the official site 19 Digital.
Radio Primerisima


So this is back again, another “innovation” that at least in past years, has stuck the local alcaldia (mayor’s) offices with the cost of cleaning up from the thousands of people who will take advantage of this. We’ll give the benefit of the doubt to the guvmint here as I’m sure they have it all figured out by now…

Yes it get quite crowded at the public beaches with easy access via bus, especially during Easter Week.

Yes it get quite crowded at the public beaches with easy access via bus, especially during Easter Week.

But that’s all good for folks to get out to the local spots. For example, there is a little laguna near Managua called Xiloa. I’ve never been but it is supposed to be fairly nice as far as a clean little lake to swim in…still I’d prefer Laguna de Apoyo anyday!

Some of the beaches that usually charge some admission are:

Other places include:



We are using the minimum of the tourist potential we have • El Nuevo Diario

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The opportunities offered by tourism in Nicaragua are extraordinary, each year the sector has recorded growth, but for this growth to be sustainable in the long term, it is necessary to make adjustments in the concept of tourism development and growth.

All countries are doing this, and preferences of travelers also change, so we are faced with a competition with similar products that are currently offered by the country. In this context there are many options to take advantage of the growth of world tourism, which even also involves changing paradigms.

Ian Coronel Kinloch, project manager of tourism of the Pellas Foundation Business Center, makes a quick analysis of the situation of the sector and the challenges to be faced and overcome.

We are a tourist country where tourism revenue grows, what is the potential we have and how we are taking advantage?

First of all it should be noted that we are beginning the expansion phase, so we have to ask: what do we want? It has barely begun work on the tourist corridor of the Pacific. Most regions do not enjoy permanent attention with its tourist flow because of this, the Pellas Foundation Business Center (acronym FCEP in Spanish) has been specializing in tourism as a tool to improve opportunities and to be sustainable. Sustainability is a term we give to entrepreneurs that generate their own abilities and not rely on permanent cooperation, they learn to improve over time not only economically, but also environmentally and socially.

A change in welfare mentality by a business person?

We are born with the view that cooperation is paternalism. That is, not only want to see results from use of the funds, but the continuation of these funds. Cooperation previously, I think, did not fit sometimes the needs of the country or was not impinged on by the country and that meant that many resources are lost.

It is this government that a combination of elements where cooperation is starting to raise the logic of those funds, where there is more interest from these results, the government is concerned that the real needs of Nicaragua are not being addressed from the perspective of the nation as a given country, because previously they came prepackaged, and as it was free money, that they received and perhaps not what we needed, and such cooperation did us more harm than benefited us. Thus we see how much infrastructure is abandoned or how many projects were closed the same day that cooperation ended because there was a marked paternalism.

In this context, how then you see the relationship of cooperation, the government and the private sector?

Here are two things, we understand and improve the capabilities or we destroy ourselves with vain ideologies and perspectives, when what matters is that we begin to build a country of opportunities. How this is achieved with the consensus of all parties. We never before have we had an opening like we have with this government in tourism. Not only because we receive, but things are done, opinion and things are resolved in an easier, softer way towards the benefit of tourism is requested.

In so far this year there have been strong volcanic eruptions, which scare away tourism rather seems that attracts more, it’s almost crazy.

I think about this situation, there is an interesting reference, is in Costa Rica, El Arenal volcano, around which a pole of tourism development with almost 800,000 tourists who visited was created. a whole tourism development first world around the volcano, the hot springs and volcanic entire force was created. And what happened? The volcano went off and with it went its flagship product.We are being blessed by four volcanoes that are erupting there, especially the Momotombo, which has been active, but has not harmed or hurt anyone, but is doing a wonderful natural show that it is a volcanic eruption. We did emphasis on the surrounding communities to prepare before eventualities, but also have conditions for people who want to reach. Tourism companies start making packages (tours) because instead of scaring away visitors, the volcanoes create magic for visitors and every time a volcano erupts, visits increase, why? By the overflowing of the uncontrollable force of nature.

Our tourism has developed around the same destinations in the Pacific, but we have many more, the Caribbean, lakes

Look, it is logical because the tourism incursion began belatedly, in the late 90s, there was a flash of development, it means something to the country’s economy, that’s logical. But we have been quite there, you have to make great efforts in diversifying the country, most investments are hotels, restaurants, bars and that sort of thing. You do not have another area you need to visit and complementarity for your main products. How is this? For example San Juan del Sur offers fishing, surfing, sun and beach, while in other Central American countries offer up to 30 different activities. Allowing more you stay, the more expense. We need to incorporate other regions, such as the center of the country. Chontales, one of them, which with the opening of the road are no longer isolated those areas, and especially because all the flow of people coming through Peñas Blancas, Las Manos and other known places. Now we have put Las Tabillas, Chontales on the map. As you get to Chontales, you are in an area about equal to the second richest area of ​​Costa Rica, which are the northern plains, San Carlos, Ciudad Quesada, you have an economic impact.

Boost rural tourism

There are many farms in Nicaragua with enormous potential and are not used by the mentality of the owner. We also need the complementarity of the Caribbean. It’s like a painting without glass, without frame, if we fail to file a multicultural identity, we are failing in Nicaragua because we are not integrating the country as a destination, we are not posing as a unique destination of Nicaragua and can not be and you can not charge you all to the same destination. We have beautiful destinations in the Caribbean, Pearl Lagoon, Pearl Cays, there are many places on the coast: the idiosyncrasy, dances, food, the cultural wealth not’re taking advantage of a series of factors, not seize it as we should.

Of all the tourist potential we have, how much is taking advantage?

I think we’re not using 25 percent of the country’s potential. View here we have spelunking, paragliders, permanent balloon rides, the uses of rural tourism, as in Argentina or Spain. Because the concept that wanted to sell and has been blamed for many foreign consultants is that exploit poverty, because that receive funding. Many NGOs have profited presenting poverty from rural tourism, in almost an animation of poverty. And that no rural tourism. It is to promote rural tourism, cultural performing capabilities of a rural specific area for the enjoyment of residents and tourists there.

In Costa Esmeralda, an airport was built, we speak of other types of tourists, another segment?

Costa Esmeralda, Guacalito, Iguana, Rancho Santana and Bucanero is an area of ​​greatest potential for growth at the end of the highest line had the problem was that tourists do not like to travel two hours on a road that is half bad. These things not only done to potentiate the area but it is a very interesting move, because it connects the Oduber Quiroz (Costa Rica) airport with more flight frequency Augusto C. Sandino Airport. So now you can make direct connections with Europe and the United States before or dreamed as a traveler. Now I as a traveler I go to the airport and go to certain parts of Europe directly. What is important not only that the top level of tourism development, but also access.

Has Cuba is an emerging destination, there are risks to the national or regional tourism?

The main risk is to the Caribbean islands: Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Vincent, all those islands that depend on tourism are seriously concerned about the increasingly realistic approach and will give. Because yes strikes you immediately. First because America is like Girlfriends and will see and you can not touch. That was the romance with the Caribbean, all the stars and celebrities, who missed politics.

Then come the more established destinations such as Costa Rica in certain areas, as in others have greater positioning as sustainability and can withstand the onslaught. And then come those who want to climb into the fray. What is important? We do not use a single product to let us know. Sun and beach where there is more market and more market where there for more years, where there is more competition, price, scenic beauty, they have more than us.

Source: Estamos utilizando el mínimo del potencial turístico que tenemos • El Nuevo Diario

“where to stay nicaragua” Google Search Results

Where to stay nicaragua Google search results

Looking good here as we show up as number five on “natural” or non-paid advertisements on Google’s search page for the search term “where to stay nicaragua”


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Number five, not bad!

Deciding where to stay in Nicaragua isn’t that easy…

Especially for those coming in on international flights that arrive at night time. Most first-time visitors especially are correctly a little cautious in where they are going and with whom they are meeting when arriving at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua (which has improved it’s service levels drastically).

Soft Landing Service

If you’ve followed our blog at all, you might have heard about our “soft landing service” which is a signature feature of what El Porton Verde offers the visitor to Nicaragua. Airport pickup, helpful tips on getting through the airport, and a friendly face who speaks your language waiting for you on the other side of the sliding glass doors is just a hint of the overall level and type of services you can expect from us.

But since there are lots of options for travelers arriving at MGA airport, we wrote the following blog post to help visitors decide what is best for them to do that first night.

Here’s a quick overview of the contents of the above-linked blog post:

  • Talks about the options for the visitor on where they can stay their first (or last) night in Nicaragua.
  • The aim of the post is to help readers planning to visit Nicaragua decide where they should stay during their one or two nights that they may need to be in or near the capital city of Managua.
  • This is usually the first (or last) night in Nicaragua. The post goes over the reasons why you may need to stay in Managua, where your lodging options are located, and what type of properties are available.

Nicaraguan Cordoba – where to get? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Nicaraguan Cordoba – where to get?

Feb 19, 2016, 3:06 PM
Hello. I am travelling to Nicaragua in March. I have recently tried to withdraw Nicaraguan Cordoba from the Post Office in the Uk but they don’t have it. Is it possible to obtain Cordoba outside of Nicaragua? If so what companies supply it? Would be handy to have some before I travel there. Thanks.


elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 775 posts 22 reviews 9.

Re: Nicaraguan Cordoba – where to get?

Mar 10, 2016, 1:51 PM

Greetings Domfoshan: Cordobas are good for use when buying little things on the street, like snacks and drinks. Use them on buses and keep in mind that if you only have $20 USD bills that is a lot of money so the vendors likely won’t have change for you. Besides that the dollar is used in something like 85 percent of the economy, so very widely used and accepted. If you are negiating taxi fares or buying artisanal souvenirs, you will get slightly better deals in Cordobas. In each town there are money changers on the streets and at least in Managua, they are organized in a union and have official IDs. Look for the people flipping large wads of Cordobas! So you can always do a street exchange and as long as you verify the rate beforehand, count out the cordobas, then give them your dollars, you won’t have any problems. Cheers, Mike @ El Portón Verde, Managua

Source: Nicaraguan Cordoba – where to get? – Nicaragua Forum – TripAdvisor

Some visitors feel the need to get ahold of some of the Nicaraguan currency, the Nicaraguan Cordoba, before they travel, but it’s really not necessary. You can easily get Cordobas from ATM machines or you can exchange dollars for cordobas in any bank, or better yet, on the street with a “cambista” who you can identify by his or her flashing a large wad of cash on a street corner somewhere in every town.

One of the new bills of the Nicaraguan currency, the Cordoba.

One of the new bills of the Nicaraguan currency, the Cordoba.

Nicaragua Trade news: Indra to install primary surveillance radar at Managua airport in Nicaragua – Airport Technology

Nicaragua Trade news: Indra to install primary surveillance radar at Managua airport in Nicaragua

9 March 2016

Nicaragua Trade news

Indra has signed a contract with COCESNA to provide a PSR at Managua Airport. Photo: courtesy of Indra.

In Nicaragua Trade news, Indra has signed a contract with Central American Corporation for Air Navigation Services (COCESNA) to deploy a primary surveillance radar (PSR) for the Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua.

The contract was signed on the first day of the World ATM Congress held in Madrid, Spain.

The deal adds to COCESNA’s network of non-cooperative radars installed in the terminals of its major airports.

It was signed in the presence of COCESNA executive chairman Jorge Vagas; the chairman of the board of directors of COCESNA, Carlos Salazar; Indra general manager, Rafael Gallego; and Indra chairman and CEO Fernando Abril-Martorell.

The surveillance radar can identify intrusions in the terminal airspace of manned and unmanned aeroplanes with no transponder.

It also features a weather channel enabling COCESNA to provide weather information for the region.

“The surveillance radar can identify intrusions in the terminal airspace of manned and unmanned aeroplanes with no transponder.”

The new radar at Managua Airport is similar to another radar recently installed by Indra at the Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez International Airport in El Salvador.

The company will also install a radar at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Indra’s technology has been integrated to cover the airspace managed by COCESNA in Central America.

Indra has supplied its technology to several countries in Latin America, including the Bahamas, Ecuador, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

Image: Indra has signed a contract with COCESNA to provide a PSR at Managua Airport. Photo: courtesy of Indra.

Source: Indra to install primary surveillance radar at Managua airport in Nicaragua – Airport Technology

In Nicaragua trade news, the Augusto C. Sandino International airport in Managua will get a new radar system that can track incoming planes without transponders. This would appear to be a good thing!

The company providing the system is called Indra and is a Spanish company doing lots of business in Latin America. In addition to airport and air traffic systems, they do a lot of work in other areas such as defense, health care, finance, industry, etc.

We’ve had a few trade-related items on this blog lately; for example, the dredger that will be used to create a canal on the Caribbean coastline, kind of an intercoastal waterway sort of canal, which allows for safe water transport between Bluefields in the South area of Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast up to the north, all the way to Puerto Cabezas.

Point being, there are a lot of infrastructure and systems improvements being made in Nicaragua. Here at El Porton Verde, we will attempt to include more of these sorts of stories. I you enjoy this sort of reporting, please send a comment below!