Nicaragua’s the safest country in Latin America

Nicaragua’s the least dangerous country in Latin America

Study by Gallup indicates that Latin American countries are among the most dangerous, ahead of the African continent and Russia

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639x360_1408659610_639x360_1386951789_Resguardo policial HP 1Nicaragua is the safest country in Latin America, according to a Gallup survey. FILE / END

Latin America tops the list in terms of insecurity, with Venezuela in the first place as the most insecure country in the world, an earring in the region despite the progress made in other areas as subject experts opined today.

A study published by Gallup indicates that Latin American countries are among the most dangerous, ahead of the African continent and Russia, despite the slight improvement that have occurred in the last five years.

The region has made ​​significant progress in many areas,however, “the issue of security is a pending task,” Efe said the center’s president Inter-American Dialogue, Michael Shifter.

The index Gallup public safety takes into account the confidence in the local police, the perception of security among the people and incidents of theft.

In Venezuela, described as the most insecure nation in the world for the study, only 19% of adults said he felt safe walking at night in their neighborhood, while 74% distrust of local police and 22% said they had been victim of a theft or have a family member who stole money in the last twelve months.

A UN report says that “the political and economic instability in Venezuela contributed to insecurity” and ranks second in the world after Honduras, regarding homicides, with 53.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

Also, eight of the ten countries with the highest homicide are in Latin America or the Caribbean, and represented 36% of all violent in the world in 2012 deaths, according to the report.

This may be due, according to the study, “the systematic increase in organized crime in the region.”

Drug trafficking and organized crime continued in the region,coupled with corruption and unstable institutional systems contribute greatly worsen the situation, said Shifter.

After Venezuela, Bolivian, Peruvian, Paraguayan and Dominican reported feeling more insecure in their countries, despite an improvement in the perceived safety of the population in 2013 compared to 2009 in Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.

As for the less dangerous Latin American nations, Nicaragua tops the list followed by Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay. They all showed a marked improvement in recent years, particularly Ecuadorian citizens.

Ecuadorians staged the biggest leap in security from 2009 to 2013, which the president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, attributed “to success in the fight against crime, gun control, the autonomy of the judiciary and campaigns to incarcerate dangerous criminals. “

In the case of Chile, said Shifter, “sound institutions and high human development contribute to the perception of safety and confidence in government” by the people.

Panama is a clear example of “a growing economy that generates many resources and employment positions,” said the analyst.

While Nicaragua, despite being one of the poorest countries in the region, local authorities are quite “respected to maintain order”.

Moreover, residents of Southeast Asia, East Asia, United States and Canada took the top places in the perception of safety, followed closely by Europeans, according to the report of Gallup.

The civil war in Syria and the unrest in Egypt negatively dragged the average of the Arab countries in the deterioration of public safety in recent years, closely followed by North Africa and South Asia.

Gallup’s study was based on telephone and face surveys between 2009 and 2013 led to nearly 1,000 adults over 15 years of each country, with a margin of error of between 2.1 and 5.6 percentage points, and confidence level of 95%.




What would you do with $45,000 dollars? | La Prensa

A tree of life or 195 thousand trees for real? Forced opinion! #Unovs195mil

What would you do with $45,000 US dollars? You would plant on of these? (the yellow metal so called "tree of life") or would you plant 195,000 real trees?

What would you do with $45,000 US dollars? You would plant one of these? (the yellow metal so called “tree of life”) or would you plant 195,000 real trees?

What would you do with $45,000 dollars?

  • install one yellow metal “tree of life”

  • plant 195,000 actual trees

It’s time to review, regardless of your political affiliations, tell us whether they would prefer

A tree of life or 195,000 trees to plant?

And to see that we do not we get the number ofbuttocks hair, here is the account:

There are some who say that each tree of life worth $ 20,000 U.S. dollars . Others say $ 70 billion . Let us say that the difference and are worth $ 45 thousand dollars each.

We asked our environmental sources ( Monica then) How much is a little tree? He said “Here I am in a cooperative and tell me 6 pesos. A little tree nursery and planted. “

Then $ 45 thousand dollars for 26 Cordobas (rounded dollar exchange rate) are 1 million one hundred seventy thousand cords, between 6, 195 thousand are real trees for each tree of life.

Leave us your opinion in the comments below or on social networking with the hashtag #unovs195mil

I saw this from the website, which does not purport to be a serious website by any means as they seem to specialize young people enjoying the Managua social scene and who are we to judge, but it is a good question nevertheless, would folks prefer actual trees or the metal trees?

A few stories on the “trees of life” include Nicaragua being Comfortable and Complex, Thousands of Dollars in Metal Grove, and another that was a cool photo.

Here are some of the comments:

· Commentator Victor Ocampo stressed
By logic, common sense, by mere reasoning of every human being who has not been beaten into the ground a kid or had surgery to reduce its capacity criterion or brain mass, natural trees are the right choice.
Reply · 6 · Like · · Follow Post · 55 minutes ago Edited
No prix, do not political then no good
Reply · Like · 53 minutes ago

· Commentator Victor Ocampo stressed Bueeeh but you know that is the reality. Let’s edit the thing.
Reply · Like · 48 minutes ago

· German Yasaris Managua, Managua · 102 followers
I prefer natural trees because they give shade and oxygen, is a thousand times better than those of metal, such as the metal feels hotter Managua ..
Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · 45 minutes ago

Scarlet Silva · Featured · Commentator America, Managua, Nicaragua
And that’s just what it costs to make arbolatas, you have to put what it costs to install and maintain, which is obviously out of the pockets of the people. Actually, the answer is obvious ._. I think only someone who is not lucid to support arbolatas over trees truth.

The Late, Great Miskito Alan

Turtles Begin to Arrive · El Nuevo Diario

Turtles start coming

Arrivals. Authorities report that between Thursday and Saturday, the first mass arrival of turtles in Chacocente recorded.

By Lesber Quintero | Country

Turtles start coming
Chacocente is one of the beaches where the largest number of nests recorded.


Over 2,500 Olive Ridley turtles come to the shores of the Escalante-Chacocente River Wildlife Refuge between Thursday and Saturday. According to the authorities that protect the turtle sanctuary, this is the first mass nesting period of 2014-2015, which began in July and ends in January next year.

Colonel José Alberto Larios, head of the Fourth Army Military Command, explained that the arrival began Thursday night with 1,434 turtles nesting “and continued on Friday night with 910 and 197 closed on Saturday, totaling a record of 2,541, “he said.

The shores of this beach nesting turtles have an area 1,500 meters, which are under the aegis of Army and rangers.

The nesting area is divided between the municipalities of Santa Teresa, in the department of Carazo, and Tola, Rivas department.


Last July officially began the period of arrivals, with a record of 1,363 turtles that were coming out solitary or in small groups, as confirmed by Colonel Larios.

We tried to phone to provide further details of the arrivals in the Refugio coach Escalante-Chacocente Jeffer Cruz, but he said he was not authorized to provide information.

In official media, however, Cruz stated that in August they expect between eight thousand and ten thousand turtles , adding that for this period expect more than 5,300 turtles in the 2013-2014 season, when accounted for the arrival of 54,700 copies.

Meanwhile, authorities in Refugio La Flor, located 22 kilometers south of the town of San Juan del Sur, are waiting for the next weekend to appraise the first major arrivals.

Chacocente, Flor, Juan Venado, Padre Ramos, Cosigüina, Jiquilillo and Pacific beaches where the arrivals of Olive Ridley turtle varieties, paslama, hawksbill and torita are concentrated .

60,000 turtles nest in Chacocente expected.

194,000 nesting turtles are projected to occur throughout the Nicaraguan Pacific, between July 2014 and January 2015.

more (in Spanish) Comienzan a llegar las tortugas · El Nuevo Diario.

Good reminder that when you come to Nicaragua you can usually see either the turtles coming up on the beach to lay their eggs in the sand, or to see the little babies hatching and helping make sure they get to the ocean’s edge okay. Beaches like La Flor and Chacocente are reserves where the turtles are protected as they lay their eggs, the eggs themselves, and finally as they rush off to the sea.

A Chinese Man, A $50 Billion Plan And A Canal To Reshape Nicaragua : Parallels : NPR

A Chinese Man, A $50 Billion Plan And A Canal To Reshape Nicaragua


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A family swims in Lake Nicaragua, which will encompass nearly half of the proposed canal's 172-mile route. Environmentalists worry that oil spills, pollution and dredging will destroy the country's largest supply of fresh water.

A family swims in Lake Nicaragua, which will encompass nearly half of the proposed canal’s 172-mile route. Environmentalists worry that oil spills, pollution and dredging will destroy the country’s largest supply of fresh water.

Carrie Kahn/NPR

One hundred years ago today, the first ship passed through the brand-new, U.S.-built Panama Canal; a century later, Panama owns the canal outright, and the country is one of the most prosperous in the region.

Panama’s neighbor to the north, Nicaragua, is hoping a transoceanic canal and similar prosperity are in its near future. The government has joined forces with a Chinese billionaire to construct a 173-mile, interocean canal.

It may cost more than $50 billion, but the government says the mega-project is critical to lifting the nation out of dire poverty. Critics say the environmental and social damage will be irreparable.

Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR

Credit: Alyson Hurt/NPR


via A Chinese Man, A $50 Billion Plan And A Canal To Reshape Nicaragua : Parallels : NPR.

Great reporting by Carrie Kahn of NPR. She’s been doing some good pieces for them as the NPR Latin American person living in Mexico City but reporting on the Caribbean and Central America too. The great thing about radio is that you can hear the people discuss the plan and its potential effects and feel the emotion and perhaps concern in their voices.

As we’ve reported here before about the current plan for the canal, there was a plan as far back as about 130 something years ago too. But Nicaragua Insiders tell me that the government and Daniel Ortega are determined to see this through, so it may actually become somewhat inevitable.

Navigating Nicaragua: A Lesson In Getting Lost : Parallels : NPR

Navigating Nicaragua: A Lesson In Getting Lost

One of the most popular songs by the Irish band U2 is about a place where the streets have no names. That place could be Nicaragua, the small Central American nation where I just got back from a reporting trip.

While major boulevards and highways do have names in Nicaragua, and some buildings even have numbers, no one uses them. So if you are trying to get around or find an office building, let’s say to interview someone, then you’re in trouble.

The way to navigate Nicaragua, I quickly learned, is by reference points. When in the capital, most involve the lago, Lake Managua. Two blocks to the lake, then go three blocks south and one down. Lost? I was, constantly.

But I had help from my Nicaraguan producer, Dorisell Blanco, who thankfully also did all the driving. Her address: Start from the place where all the journalists live, head south to the entrance, go two blocks down, one to the south, two more down and then almost to the corner to the green wall.

A motorcyclist drives past a mural of revolutionary heroes in Managua, Nicaragua. Most streets in the country don't have names. People give directions by using reference points, mostly Lake Managua, when in the capital.

A motorcyclist drives past a mural of revolutionary heroes in Managua, Nicaragua. Most streets in the country don’t have names. People give directions by using reference points, mostly Lake Managua, when in the capital.

via Navigating Nicaragua: A Lesson In Getting Lost : Parallels : NPR.

This story comes from NPR and is a short lesson in how directions are given in the capital city of Managua. You tell people how the directions are usually from a certain landmark, then so many blocks in one direction and maybe in another direction too, then either a house number or sometimes a certain color of a gate or a wall.

Compass directions here are:

  • North = “al lago” or towards the Managua lake
  • South = “sur” the only compass direction that makes perfect sense!
  • East = “arriba” as in the sun rises in that direction, so it goes “up” in the sky
  • West = “abajo” as in the sun goes down in that direction, so it goes “down” in the sky

The real fun begins when the directions begin with where something USED TO BE!

That’s right, a church that was destroyed in an earthquake over thirty years ago, or a restaurant on a street corner that hasn’t been there for over twenty years are commonly used points of reference. No problem, as the Nicaraguan people are quite friendly and asking for directions once you get n the general vicinity is completely normal and expected. Not just for tourists or expats, but anyone who is not from Managua or even that particular neighborhood.

Supposedly the U2 song, “Where the streets have no name” was written by Bono during a visit to Managua in 1986. As reported by Tim Rogers:

A year after Irish rocker Bono visited Nicaragua in 1986 in an effort to raise awareness about Central American war refugees, U2 released its smash-hit album The Joshua Tree and Nicaraguans immediately recognized that one of the songs was written about their country. Twenty years later, most people here still hold as fact that “Where the Streets Have No Name” was written about Managua, a squat and sprawling capital city where… well, the streets are unnamed.

Night arrival in MGA, transfer to Leon … safe??? – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor


Night arrival in MGA, transfer to Leon ... safe??? - Managua Forum - TripAdvisor

Managua, Nicaragua

posts: 447

reviews: 12

11. Re: Night arrival in MGA, transfer to Leon … safe???

Aug 15, 2014, 1:49 PM

This question does come up quite often; basically, “where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua?”

I tried to answer that on my blog, starting with whether or not you will need to stay somewhere near the airport or even if you might need to stay in Managua in general. Just know that not all of the places to stay near Managua are equal in terms of ambiance and tranquility.

I hope that helps.

Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua

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via Night arrival in MGA, transfer to Leon … safe??? – Managua Forum – TripAdvisor.

It is true that this topic, “where should I stay on my first night in Nicaragua” comes up quite a bit in some of these Nicaragua travel forums such as TripAdvisor. Of course, at the Farmstay we offer our famous (heheheh) “soft landing” service where the idea is to have our friends and other guests we have visiting us start to relax and feel like everything is going to be fine pretty much as soon as they get off the plane. Our philosophy since coming down here to Nicaragua is that as long as we have the idea in mind that “todo es una aventura” then we’ll be okay.

But the folks who arrive at MGA on those later flights have a bit of a dilemna. If you are arriving on one of the night flights coming in from Delta (ATL), American (MIA), and United (HOU), or even later, the Spirit Air flight from Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), you are in my opinion best served to not take that late night shuttle.

If you are just going to Granada or Laguna de Apoyo, or Mombacho Lodge, then sure, not a big deal to take the 45 minutes to get to those spots. But if you are going to further-away locations such as Leon, San Juan del Sur, Matagalpa, Jinotega, Chinandega, Isla de Ometepe, etc. then think it through a little bit before booking that late-night shuttle. Lots more details of your choices here.

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A Night in the Mouth of Hell · El Nuevo Diario

A Night at the mouth of hell

Adventure. If you like risky tourism, this is the best option to take an unforgettable experience without leaving Nicaragua

By Orlando Valenzuela | Destination

A Night at the mouth of hell
At the top of Telica Volcano. ORLANDO VALENZUELA / END


At noon, with a blazing sun toasting our skin, we left the village of San Jacinto and crossed between the bubbling craters of hotbeds, the open veins of Santa Clara volcano where you can see the melted like mud was a pot boiling chocolate amidst sulphurous fumes.

Bismark Soto goes ahead, the tourist guide from Sonati, eight foreign tourists and myself that joined them. The goal is to climb and spend the night on top of Telica volcano, one of the most active giants of Nicaraguan volcanic chain.

At first, it seemed easy walk, we follow a path that passes through crops and livestock farms amid desolate fields where just growing shrubs and bush. Then we started to walk along a rocky trail sheltered by the branches of tigüilotes, guanacaste and other trees that serve as living fences of properties.


After half an hour of walking, I began to limp and half hour later took off my left boot and discovered I had a sore on the heel of the size of a nickel Cordobas. The boot was new and inseam Knot was what made me Blue Devils.

From there I went on the back of “Lucifer,” the docile horse he had hired to carry my backpack and tent to sleep in camp. The “cheles” experienced climbers looked up and down hills and mountains, some with their backpacks full of all your belongings.

At two o’clock we reached the foot of the volcano, where a leafy mango tree covered us with its cool shade. There we ate, everyone what his prepared: avocado sandwiches, canned, juice, grapes, chocolates, jam with bread, crackers with cream cheese, policereal, chicharroncitos and even boiled eggs with gallo pinto and fried sweet.


After lunch, I had stretched canvas and lay on his back, with his arms crossed, watching the flower-covered mango green roof, where I fell asleep tired. More than half an hour after the most peaceful sleep of late we should follow the way to the top of the volcano.

There were only two hours away, but from now on it’s all uphill. The good news is that in this part starts a small forest that protects from the sun and makes it less tedious climb. As you progress, magpies, guises, pigeons and squirrels crossing from one tree to another and from a clearing in the woods with the plain look Momotombo peak in the distance.

We left the grove and climb a rocky hill covered with shrubs, where suddenly, without realizing, we are on the edge of an elongated hill, facing the majestic bearing cone Telica steaming volcano.


Around the volcanic cone covered a valley of rocks extends at one end by a thick forest full of white sacuanjoches, teak trees and other plants typical of desert environments. We walked down a path that leads under the shadow of guanacastes and vines to the camp, located in a covered area of ​​grass and soft ground, protected by a natural wall of volcanic stones.

The atmosphere seems like an oasis in the middle of a desert canvas tents surrounded amidst palm trees and stone background, bare cone of the volcano. Stores are several tourists who were already camping at the site.Right there we install our mobile homes and rest a few minutes.


As an inevitable ritual, before six pm each climbed to the mouth of the volcano, where you have a breathtaking view, because aside the last glimpses of the sun and the other are the open throat of the very Hell with fetid gases in its cliffs and burning lava in the crater.

Then we returned to camp and started a fire Bismark and tourists were approaching to talk, eat, write something, listen to music or simply lie on your back on the grass looking at the starry sky.

Stine Bech, Danish student, believes that “the path is very cute, a little too difficult, but when I was on the hill I could see the lava, very nice.”

Meanwhile, Heather Crouch, USA, said that “it was a good experience being in nature, I liked the night and dawn with this view up, seeing stars, Nicaragua is a beautiful country.”

The next day, after seeing the sunrise from the neighboring hill to the crater, had breakfast and started our return journey.

300 TIMES the black hill Bismark Soto, the Sonati guide, the tour operator of León.

500 TIMES has risen to Telica volcano.

1.060 meters high is the Telica volcano, located in Leon.

Una noche en la boca del infierno · El Nuevo Diario.