Government to build coastal road • El Nuevo Diario

The government plans to build a coastal road in the Pacific , as announced yesterday by Vice President Rosario Murillo, who also said that it will be President Daniel Ortega who will give details of the project in the coming days.

The project aims to unite the beaches of the Nicaraguan Pacific coast, from the department of Rivas to Managua.

Map of proposed Coastal Road

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In the coming weeks will work on a first stretch of the road that is expected to bring greater investment to the country, added Murillo in her daily speech.

The route of the road, according to Murillo, will start on the southern border in El Naranjo, and will tour the beaches of El Ostional, Playa Coco, La Flor, Marseille, Majagual, Las Maderas, El Gigante, Guacalito, Las Salinas, Tipilapa, Huehuete, Casares, La Boquita and Masachapa.

The coastal road has been raised in different administrations.At first it was designed under the administration of former president Enrique Bolaños. The project was to be built by the company called Inocsa-Edicro.

In 2010, during the first administration of Ortega, it was announced the construction of at least 2 kilometers of road from San Juan del Sur. It was also said at that time that there was funding to cobble another 5 kilometers of road.

At that time the cost of the project was $ 600,000 per kilometer paved, not including bridge construction and drainage system.

A year later, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure announced the award of a concession to an Italian consortium for a period of more than 20 years and estimated that the investment cost of the project was 200 million dollars.

In its original design , proposed during the administration of ex-President Bolaños, the coastal road covered 131 kilometers paved and covered eight beaches in the country.

Source: Gobierno construirá carretera costanera • El Nuevo Diario

This news from El Nuevo Diario newspaper certainly comes under the heading of interesting and potentially transformative Nicaraguan news! Thing is though, there was a big push in 2010 (and many years before, in the mid-2000’s, during the Bolaños administration) for a coastal road and at one point they had even awarded a contract to an Italian firm and it was going to be a toll road.

Then a few years later it was sort of quietly announced that the project was dead. Well, like many a monster movie, It Lives! If this project is actually completed end-to-end that would be fantastic for vacationers and anyone who is a beach lover because you could actually visit several beaches in one day.

Of course, the people who would be the most “stoked” would definitely be the surfers! As it is now, for example, if you are staying in San Juan del Sur and after surfing a few days at the beaches near there, as a wandering visiting surfer, you’ll naturally want to try some other beaches. Well, on the map, the beaches of the Tola, Rivas area don’t look too far away, but if you actually were staying in SJdS and wanted to surf, say Popoyo beach, it would be a good hour and maybe twenty minutes to get there. When (and if!) this coastal road is completed, you’d be able to zip up there in maybe 20 minutes, 30 minutes top.

Thoughts and/or comments? What do you think? Please let us know below.

How to get internet on your smartphone in Nicaragua | NicaraguaYesTravel.com

Are you visiting Nicaragua and you want to know how to get internet on your smartphone? Or you want to have some minutes to call? This article is for you!

Source: How to get internet on your smartphone in Nicaragua

This is exactly the type of article that I would like to see more of in Nicaragua. This has important information, is comprehensive, well laid-out, and is very useful to a lot of visitors to Nicaragua. Well done!

Claro and Movistar are the two main providers of cell phone and internet services in Nicaragua.

Airbnb sees opportunity to promote another type of tourism in Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

Approximately 50% of tourists coming to Nicaragua through the Airbnb application are looking to stay in shared spaces, said Carlos Muñoz, Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Airbnb for Central America and the Caribbean.

That means, according to Muñoz, that this type of tourist shares the lodging with another person who lives in the house, which in his opinion “creates an immense possibility of a very strong and rich cultural exchange, which promotes the possibility of that person wanting to return to Nicaragua.”

According to the official of Airbnb, the tourist agencies could take advantage of that characteristic to attract more tourists to the country.

“Normally in the region where I work, the Caribbean and Central America, 70% of tourists rent a whole house, that is, do not cohabit with a family or another person. They rent the whole house to go and spend with the family, “he said.

“In Nicaragua I see it as a great opportunity to develop this type of tourism that I mentioned, which is a tourism with a very cultural experience, well personalized, that differentiates this country from others in the region. And it should be noted that many of the tourists who come to Nicaragua are looking for this type of experience and it is an experience that is not achieved in the traditional tourism market,” he said.

“Collaborative Economy”

Airbnb, the world’s premier hosting business that has no place physically speaking, emerged in 2008 in San Francisco, United States, as an idea of ​​two young college students.

According to Carlos Muñoz, the application has more than two million properties registered, in more than 34,000 cities in 191 countries. It is a company valued at US $ 30 billion.

In Nicaragua there are over 1,000 properties active on Airbnb.

Currently Nicaraguan lodgings registered in Airbnb are concentrated in the Pacific of the country. “There are a lot of holiday homes, beach houses, but at the same time there are houses in Managua, in the mountains and some other offer on the Caribbean coast,” said Carlos Muñoz.

For Muñoz, it is difficult to predict the growth that the use of the Airbnb system of business in Nicaragua could have during the next years.

“Airbnb is an open platform. It is not that we buy hotels or buy properties and that way we can predict what supply we can have in the country. It is an open platform and everything depends on the free market, and how many people want to enter,” said Muñoz.

Airbnb’s Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Central America and the Caribbean participated in the Nica Tech Summit 2017, held last Saturday in Managua, and said that they are starting to socialize a little about what is the “Collaborative economy” and publicize the Airbnb platform, so that more people can participate and enjoy the benefits of the tourism sector.

Democratize tourism

“We see this platform as a way to democratize what tourism is, because it allows people who have traditionally not been able to participate to participate and receive benefits from that sector,” said the manager of Public Policy and Government Relations of Airbnb for Central America and Caribbean.

Muñoz pointed out that one of the characteristics of the “collaborative economy” is that it does not require a big investment.

In the case of Airbnb the idea is that a person who has a property, whether a whole house or a single vacated room, can enable and offer it through that application to more than 100 million users worldwide, and so generate income for the family.

Source: Airbnb ve oportunidad para promover otro tipo de turismo en Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

As part of the recently held Nica Tech Summit 2017 (21 January in Managua), the person who heads up Airbnb’s efforts in Central America spoke and had some interesting things to say, namely that more people using Airbnb to book their lodging in Nicaragua look for shared spaces, i.e. not a whole house but a room or two in a house with other occupants, be they Nicaraguan or foreigners.

The point Mr. Muñoz is making is that this is a higher percentage than other countries in the region and that it is a good thing because this means that, especially for first-time visitors to Nicaragua, they can get a more locals perspective and experience than they would if they didn’t interact with actual Nicaraguans or expats at their rental properties.

Here at El Porton Verde, we certainly believe that, especially for your first and/or last night in Nicaragua, it’s good to get a very comfortable experience and one that is much more personalized than one that you might get just staying at a regular hotel or hostel.

When you are living with a family you get to eat the food they eat, listen and learn about what their lives are all about, and have a chance to ask questions as a visitor that just doesn’t happen in a more corporate or chain hotel type of situation.

As I’ve posted before, I think it’s completely legit to ask the first-time visitor, “why stay at a chain hotel when you can stay with us?” Not only does the visitor get more value for their dollar, yen, euro, pound, etc. you get the experience that totally supersedes having a room at a chain hotel that is pretty much like any other hotel room in that chain. I mean, a Holiday Inn is a Holiday Inn, amiright? 🙂

Another benefit of staying with a place like El Portón Verde is that you get to ask about things like relocation, medical tourism, local tours, beach house rentals, rental car tips, driving tips, and a bunch of other topics that you won’t get any exposure to in a more traditional lodging option like a big hotel chain.

If this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will? If you have a question about the value proposition that places like El Portón Verde offers, please comment below!

Dogu: Trump will focus on security, prosperity and democracy in Nicaragua • El Nuevo Diario

US Ambassador to Nicaragua Laura Dogu said today that with the arrival of Donald Trump to the White House, some cooperation programs could be changed, although they will focus on three areas: security, prosperity and democracy.

“We will continue to focus on security, prosperity and democracy here. These are very fundamental things. Our programs may change under a new president, but I think we will continue to focus on the same three themes, “Dogu said today during her participation in the 2017 Nica Tech Summit in Managua.

Trump became the new president of the United States yesterday. By clicking here you can read about what he said in his first official speech.

The OAS

On the other hand, the diplomat described as “important” that the Nicaraguan government work in conjunction with the Organization of American States (OAS), in improving the democratic system, regarding an agreement released yesterday.

“It is important for Nicaragua, the government and the OAS to work together to open more democratic spaces here in Nicaragua,” Dogu said.

She added that her country is “focused” on democratic, open, fair and transparent systems.

“The most important thing is that this system is accepted by the citizens of this country,” she said.

Nicaragua and the OAS yesterday announced an agreement in which they pledge to debug the electoral roll , improve the standard regarding transfusion and follow up on municipal elections next November.

“I am sure that the US government will continue to focus on democracy and the importance of this in the world,” concluded Dogu.

The United States is the country where Nicaraguans migrate the most and, therefore, where more remittances are sent to Nicaragua.

Source: Dogu: Trump se enfocará en Nicaragua en seguridad, prosperidad y democracia • El Nuevo Diario

While I rarely get into the Nicaraguan national politics, I think it should be okay to talk about how the new president, Donald J. Trump might make some changes to the current position of the US government towards the Nicaraguan government. From the sounds of this article, not too much changes should be expected. I suppose Ambassador Dogu wouldn’t really have much in the way of any details and perhaps they just get a sort of general message from the State department to sort of cover any inquiry they might get at this stage.

But in looking for an image of “Trump Nicaragua” on Google, I found this article that is an obvious parody of Trump coming down to Nicaragua to buy the country, move all the current inhabitants to Corn Island and do something with the country…here it is in the original Spanish if interested.

Billonario Donald Trump viajaria a Nicaragua para negociar la compra del pais

2017 Best Honeymoon Destinations – Top 17 Places to Go for Your Honeymoon

Nicaragua

One of you dreams of lying on the beach, and the other wants to soak up local culture and have once-in-a-lifetime adventures? If that’s the case, where to honeymoon may just be the easiest compromise you’ll make in your entire marriage. Nicaragua is the tropical destination guaranteed to please both adrenaline junkies and relaxation seekers. An ideal mix of exotic and easy, it’s a short, direct flight from Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere (along with the local currency, cordobas). It’s also a place where you can surf in the Pacific Ocean or down mountains of volcanic ash, zip line along cloud forests, tour Spanish colonial cities and sunbathe along the Caribbean coast—all in the same week if that’s how you roll. (Before your parents start having flashbacks to news anchors discussing the post-revolutionary conflict of the 1980s, reassure them that Nicaragua is the safest country in Latin America according to the Gallup Law and Order Index.) And while it’s more undiscovered and less developed than neighboring Costa Rica, Nicaragua’s tourist infrastructure is growing quickly and thoughtfully—meaning you’ll have your pick of luxury eco-resorts to serve as home base. Where to Stay: The closest thing to having your own private island is a room at Jicaro Island Ecolodge on one of the 365 islets that dot vast Lake Cocibolca. It’s just off the waterfront of the lovely colonial town of Granada, where the Tribal Hotel is the most Insta-ready option among a plethora of inns in converted mansions whose central courtyards now hold small swimming pools. Mukul is the swankiest spot on the Pacific coast, set between an incredible surfing beach and a top of the line golf course; or Maderas Village is the perfect option for modern, free-spirited couples who enjoy waking up in the jungle before taking a morning swim at Playa Maderas, a five-minute walk down the hill. Inland, brand-new Nekupe is an intimate sporting lodge on a 1,300-acre nature reserve where rangers guide you through horseback riding, skeet shooting, and cultural excursions (an on-site spa is set to open this spring). To see a completely different part of Nicaragua (and one most tourists miss) fly to the Caribbean side of the country for a stay at Yemaya on Little Corn Island. If all of the brand-new rooms with private plunge pools are booked, fear not—the turquoise waters of the Caribbean are just a few steps away. When to Go: It’s beach-weather warm year-round, but May-November is the rainy season, with short tropical showers and more cloud cover, especially in September and October. December-April is drier and (even) hotter. – Eleni N. Gage, Author of The Ladies of Managua.

Source: 2017 Best Honeymoon Destinations – Top 17 Places to Go for Your Honeymoon

The author makes a strong point that Nicaragua is an especially good honeymoon destination for couples who have a bit of a difference of opinion in what they want for their experience. In Nicaragua you can have the awesome tropical beaches and a real cultural experience in the same package. In fact, it might be the easiest compromise of your marriage! If you are looking to plan your honeymoon in Nicaragua, get in contact with us and we can help you plan your once-in-a-lifetime new beginning together! A splurge on luxury travel at Mukul, Nekupe, Rancho Santana or Yemaya might be the call!

Uber about to reach Nicaragua

Uber about to reach Nicaragua

EFE January 18, 2017 | 11:41 PM

Uber in Nicaragua? La Prensa Nicaragua

The Uber private transport network, of American origin, is interested in establishing itself in Nicaragua, reported the main business leadership of the Central American country today.

Although Uber has so far not taken concrete action, “it is important for companies like these take a look at Nicaragua again,” José Adán Aguerri, president of the Higher Council for Private Enterprise (Cosep), told reporters.

Regarding the possibility of Uber services being rejected by traditional taxi drivers, Aguerri mentioned that “it is an issue that must be analyzed in full” and that the objective of a possible opening in the country is not to affect the transport sector.

Nicaragua has a vehicle fleet of about 800,000 vehicles, of which about 25,000 are taxis, according to official figures.

Uber is present in 581 cities of more than 70 countries of the world, among them Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama, according to company data.

Taxi drivers from these neighboring countries and Colombia, among others, reject Uber because they consider that private drivers contacted through the mobile application make unfair competition because they are not supervised by local regulations.

Source: Uber a punto de llegar a Nicaragua

Surely the taxi drivers will try to prevent the arrival of Uber in Nicaragua, but it would seem that the idea of the service coming to the country is inevitable. It will be interesting to see what the pricing of the service is and if it will be a good option to traditional taxis and rental cars.

Also, the service might have higher initial usage rates from foreign tourists who come from place where Uber is already well-established and users already have the app is installed on their smartphones. Your thoughts and comments are welcome below.

Bank deposits grow 10.5% in Nicaragua – Forbes Mexico

Bank deposits grow 10.5% in Nicaragua

In relation to the structure of deposits, savings accounts accounted for 40.1%, followed by demand funds 36.4% and long-term accounts 23.5%, according to the information of the institution.

 

Cordobas of Nicaragua

Cordobas of Nicaragua.

Deposits in Nicaragua’s commercial bank increased by 10.5% at the end of November 2016, the Central Bank of Nicaragua (BCN) reported.

As of November 2016, deposits in the national financial system amounted to US $ 4,925.2 million, representing a moderate year-on-year growth of 10.5%, the state-issuing bank said in a report.

By currency, foreign currency deposits, which accounted for 74.9% of the total in November, showed a year-on-year growth of 11.3%, the BCN said.

Likewise, currency deposits grew 8.3%, however, this increase was lower than in November 2015, when they grew 14.2%.

In relation to the structure of deposits, savings accounts accounted for 40.1%, followed by demand funds 36.4% and long-term accounts 23.5%, according to the information of the institution.

“In relation to last year, the structure of deposits has been slightly modified. Demand deposits and savings deposits have increased and term funds have declined slightly, “the central bank said.

Source: Depósitos bancarios crecen 10.5% en Nicaragua – Forbes Mexico

Aeromexico Announces Second Daily Flight to Honduras and Nicaragua – MarketWatch

Jan 12, 2017 (Marketwired via COMTEX) — Starting on January 10 and February 7, Aeromexico will add new flights to the San Pedro Sula and Managua markets, respectively. The airline serves six cities in Central America

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO–(Marketwired – January 12, 2017) – Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announces a second direct daily flight from Mexico City to San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and Managua, Nicaragua, starting on January 10 and February 7, respectively.

Aeromexico’s Chief Revenue Officer, Anko van der Werff said, “These new flights allow us to deliver a product offering better options for business and leisure travelers alike, and for those traveling to visit relatives. Both flights will undoubtedly provide enhanced connectivity options to our customers traveling from Honduras and Nicaragua, thus reinforcing the airline’s presence in Central America.”

The addition of these new flights increases Aeromexico’s offer on the routes to 4,100 seats per week with the following schedules:

Mexico City - Managua   Managua - Mexico City AM 650 09:01 a.m. 11:51 a.m. Daily   AM 654 12:55 p.m. 4:05 p.m. Daily **AM 620 03:20 p.m. 06:25 p.m. Daily   **AM 654 07:25 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Daily
Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice **New weekly flight starting on February 7, 2017 Flights operated with Embraer 190 and Embraer 170 aircraft
Mexico City - San Pedro Sula   San Pedro Sula - Mexico City AM 674 09:15 a.m. 11:34 a.m. Daily   AM 675 12:34 p.m. 03:20 p.m. Daily **AM 638 03:30 p.m. 05:51 p.m. Daily   **AM 639 07:25 p.m. 09:50 p.m. Daily
Times published are local to each country and are subject to changes without notice **New weekly flight starting on January 10, 2017 Flights operated with Embraer 190 and Embraer 170 aircraft

Aeromexico thus renews its commitment to offer increased connectivity options for Central American, based on the airline’s presence in 45 cities in Mexico, 18 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Canada, four in Europe, and two in Asia, offering quality service on each of its trips.

About Grupo Aeroméxico

Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services, and promote passenger loyalty programs in Mexico. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its route network spans more than 80 cities on three continents including 45 in Mexico, 18 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Europe, four in Canada, and two in Asia.

Grupo Aeromexico’s fleet of close to 130 aircraft includes Boeing 787, 777, and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 190, 175, 170, and 145 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX 737 airliners and ten 787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by its top 20 airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 672 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel options through its codeshare partners Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, and WestJet with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, and Peru. www.aeromexico.com and www.skyteam.com.

Alejandro Bosquez Gonzàlez Comunicación Externa & R.P. / Norteamérica External Communications & P.R / North America Tel. +52 (55) 9132 4604 Mail. abosquez@aeromexico.com Sita: MEXPR

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Source: Aeromexico Announces Second Daily Flight to Honduras and Nicaragua – MarketWatch

Some more good economic, travel and business news! Aeromexico will now have two daily flights from Mexico City to Managua. It’s a great way to combine the two locales, the very international metropolitan city of Mexico and then you get a very much more relaxed setup here in Nicaragua! We’ve had a few guests do a couple of days in Mexico before coming to Managua and they really rave about the exciting big city feel of the Mexican capital.

Johnnysast at English Wikipedia

NICA Competition Gaining International Support – Still Time to Participate…

An example of the awesome ceramics art being produced in San Juan de Oriente.

The NICA Competition is in full effect!

On December 5, 2016 I announced the Nicaragua International Ceramic Art Competition in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua…..
By the end of the registration period on December 24th we had 95 entries to participate!
The rules were simple one masterpiece entry per artisan delivered by January 18th, 2017.
I set up a award schedule (listed on the graphic at the bottom of this email) that includes 10 awards valuing over $8000….
The pueblo went nuts….  There has never been a competition that has offered such robust award values and access to a world wide audience.
When I added it all up there were 95 total artists, 25 women artisans and 16 youth artisan under the age of 21!  Staggering numbers for a small traditional village.
Over a three and a half day period I went to each small house and interviewed each artisan, every registered participant of the 2017 NICA Competition.
Although I have been working in the San Juan de Oriente pueblo for over 21 years I met people and learned things I never knew.
Maybe half of the participants, or more, have never participated in a competition.
I announced the awards to the NICA Ceramic Art community and got great support and results!

$2500 Best in Show – Sponsored!  Thank you
$1500 Oro Award – Sponsored! Thank you
$750 Plata Award – Sponsored! Thank you
$750 Plata Award – Still Available Click Here 
$750 pre-Columbian – Sponsored! Thank you
$500 Honor Award – Available Click Here
$500 Honor Award 2 – Available Click Here
$500 Honor Award 3 – Available Click Here
$500 Women Artisan Award – Sponsored Thank you!
$500 Youth Artisan Award – Sponsored Thank you!

By sponsoring one of the final available awards listed above you will choose the award winning sculpture with a cash prize for the artisan baring your name….in exchange you will receive the award winning sculpture for your private collection.
I am preparing nicaceramicart.com to show the close to 90 participants in the NICA Competition – with their photo, a intro video and images of their entry sculpture to the NICA Competition.
As a sponsor you will have access to all of the pieces and artists profiles starting on January 23rd.  On January 26th we will have the awards ceremony in San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua and video the awards being presented in your name to enjoy the moment and interaction.
As of right now this has turned into a true international celebration of support with awards coming from all over the United States, Finland, National support and Local Support with the Mayor of San Juan de Oriente sponsoring the Youth Artisan award.
It has been both an honor and a heck of a lot of work putting this together and I am now pointing to the last few awards available for a few more people to step into this opportunity to participate in this unique cultural event.
The graphic below will help express and explain more.  I am always available to answer questions or give further information.
Those who have sponsored awards will receive the first update the end of this week.
Please consider being a part of the first annual NICA Competition by supporting one of the last awards – have an award issued in your name – and enjoy that winning sculpture in your home for ever…..
Thank you,
Paul H Devoti
paul@nicaceramicart.com  – best contact via email!

Veteran, Women and Youth Artisan Coming Together to participate in the first annual Nicaragua International Ceramic Art Competition

Source: NICA Competition Gaining International Support – Still Time to Participate…

Now this is a great thing this gentleman is doing…sponsoring (and you can sponsor it too, see link!) a competition in the local ceramics village, San Juan de Oriente, on the best ceramics art in the area. I sure hope my friend Pedro Guerrero is in this, as I think he’s one of the best!

14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

The images shared by Sam Cossman after the first week of work in the active volcano

Source: 14 stunning photos of exploration in the Masaya volcano • El Nuevo Diario

Photo: Alejandro Sánchez
The Team of Sam Cossman installs 80 sensors in the interior of the Masaya Volcano.