Third Earthquake Shakes Nicaragua In Week

You have probably heard that we have had quite a few earthquakes and aftershocks in the last three or four days. As an update specific to visitors or potential visitors to Farmstay El Porton Verde, we have had no damage, the lights are on, we have water, essentially things are normal here.

Last night two earthquakes shook the area in the old downtown Managua area, the temblor came from the same fault line that created the devastation of the December 23rd, 1972 earthquake. So naturally, people are scared.

We are located away from main fault lines, but close enough to feel any quakes. The Farmstay is located near the U in Managua as seen below.

Managua Earthquake FaultsSo…anyway. This is the latest update from the Farmstay regarding the recent earthquakes in Nicaragua. Stay safe out there!


Weather in Managua Nicaragua – Climate in Managua Nicaragua – Average Temperature In Managua Nicaragua

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Posted April 12, 2014

How’s the weather in Managua? In a word, hot! Well, not always scorching, but usually it is at least warm if not torrid. The average temperature in Managua, according to Weather Underground, is 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degree Celsius.

The main differential in temperatures in the tropics is…

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Bugs In Managua | Insects Managua | Mosquitos Managua

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Posted April 12, 2014

Mosquitos (called zancudos locally) and insects in general can be abundant in Nicaragua; certainly Managua is no different in that respect. However, it is not like some places in North America where a veritable cloud of insects forms around you anytime you slow down or stop moving. That’s not to say…

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Trustworthy answers to what is it like to drive in Managua, Nicaragua and thousands of other topics, provided by a diversified group of experts.

Imagine a video game where you are driving a car; buses are going either way too fast or way too slow. in which case you are tempted to pass them in a no-passing zone.

But don’t do that as a transit police may be there to fine you and take your driver’s license away until you pay the fine.

Scared yet?

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Flights to Managua Nicaragua – Managua Nicaragua Airport – Travel to Managua Nicaragua

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Posted April 09, 2014

MGA, Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, is Managua’s nearest and only international airport. Incoming and outgoing flights travel to other Central American locations (Panama City, San Jose, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, etc. Direct, non-stop North American destinations include Mexico City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Houston.

The airport is located on the Northeast end of Managua, on the Panamerican Highway that connects to Honduras going north and Costa Rica going south. The airport is located 15 minutes to the city center and 25 minutes to the cooler, elevated hills on the south and southwest ends of Managua, along Carretera a Masaya and Carretera Sur, respectively.

The area along Carretera a Masaya works especially well for visitors as a first night destination as that area is on the way towards frequently visited Nicaraguan sites such as Masaya, Granada, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur, Tola, etc.

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Head-to-Head Comparison: After Arriving at the Managua Airport, Going Directly to Granada vs. Staying at the Farmstay

Comparison of FEPV and Granada on a Nightime Arrival at Managua’s International Airport (MGA)

So, you have your Nicaragua trip all planned? Great! Got your tickets ready? Fantastic! Did you notice that you are arriving at nightime, around 8, 9, or even 10 o’clock at night? What? Coming into Managua late at night? Oh no, what do you do?

Does the above sound like you? If any of this comes even close to being some of your thoughts as you make your plans for your trip to Nicaragua, then read on!

When those flights do come in later at night, a good amount of folks decide to go directly to Granada. Most visitors have heard that Managua is just a place to avoid as much as possible. But that’s not true for everywhere in or near Managua!

You owe it to yourself to be well-informed, there are some things you should know before you go. The drive from MGA to Granada can be dangerous at night, so it isn’t recommended that you rent a car and drive yourself late at night! But with that aside, a shuttle van is probably there to pick you up and take you directly to Granada should you so desire. Just know there is a cost to going directly to Granada, both in monetary terms and in terms of environment and ambiance.

The shuttle will cost roughly $30 to $50 per person, depending upon whether you have a private shuttle or hop on a scheduled shuttle (and that they have room for you and your traveling companions).

Then after a 45 minute drive, you will be getting in to Granada fairly late, about 10 p.m. lets say. There you will check into your hotel, hopefully get a good nights sleep and in the morning, you will wake up in your destination city and get on to the task of enjoying your new environs, exploring the city, delighting in the views of the volcano, take a trip out to las isletas, maybe a zip line tour of Mombacho, etc. Great huh?

However, there is another alternative you you might consider. Consider staying nearer to Managua, but on the way towards Masaya and Granada. Then, the next day (first thing in the morning if you wish) you can take a public bus to Granada for less then one U.S. dollar! So, in this example, let’s use Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua as an example.

FEPV costs: $33 for lodging, $20 for transport from the airport, $1 for transport to Granada. Total: $54
Granada costs: $33 for lodging (example price just for comparison’s sake, you can easily pay more or less to stay in Granada depending upon your preferences), $40 for transport from airport to Granada. Total: $73

At FEPV, you are guaranteed a quiet night’s sleep, cool fresh air, and a hearty farmstay breakfast in the morning. You will be waking up to a view of the Masaya Volcano and the sounds of birds chirping. Looking out on the farm, you will see squirrels jumping from tree to tree. You can also get in an early-morning swim in our pool before you go on your way. Another unique feature of the Farmstay that you won’t find in Granada is that you can pick your own fruit on the farm!

View from the Farmstay

Sleeping that first night in Granada, you will have some street noise at night, much warmer air, (with the near-necesity of needing to sleep using air conditioning). Your lodging may or not include breakfast, and you certainly won’t see or hear animals or birds. Except for the typical city sounds of caterwalling cats, dogs barking, drunks loudly passing by, cars with stereo systems blasting reggaeton music, etc. The natural, tranquil atmosphere that exists at the Farmstay will not be a part of your first morning in Nicaragua, that’s for sure!

So, that is our comparison between staying that first night at Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua versus going directly to Granada. Don’t get me wrong, Granada is a beautiful town to visit as a tourist, I enjoy it immensely. But really, after flying all day do you really want to jump right into the hustle and bustle or do you want to ensure that you get a comfortable nights sleep and then awake refreshed, ready to begin your Nicaraguan adventures?

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.

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