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.
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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
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.