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    Panga to Little Corn Island

    by epicult Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    Little Corn, although popular with backpackers, is not even remotely a mainstream tourist destination. One reason is logistics and it's three-parts:

    1. Drinking and Panga-ing: Once you fly into Big Corn, you must take a 45 min. Panga (mid-sized, open boat w/2 100 HP outboards) to Little Corn. These pangas are skippered by Tattoo or another guy (can't remember his name). Tattoo being your best bet (doesn't skipper the boat plastered) while the other guy may do so.

    2. Sea Sickness: The ride is into the wind and would probably be considered quite rough for people not used to coastal waters. If the wind IS up, be sure you've downed at least two gravol 1 hour prior to departing. The waters (pictured to left) are a calm day with 8 -12 foot swells (doesn't look like it). The boat pictured is NOT a panga. Pangas are much larger.

    3. Back (Wave) Breaking: If you have back problems, this boat ride could paralyze you for good (just kidding... it's not that bad. I'm just trying to scare you :-). If you do have back problems, you can certainly lessen the effects of the constant 'swell bashing' by sitting at the very back of the boat as you will (at times) be airborne... and when you smash into the next 10 foot swell, you WILL feel it. Sitting in the front of the boat, I certainly got a good beating :-)

    It's $5.00 US for a one-way ride to Little Corn. The panga schedules co-ordinate with all flight schedules so just walk down to the pier, grab a beer and chill till it leaves. Because the ride is in an open hulled boat, be sure your bags are waterproof or you have a plastic bag to put them in, or they may get very wet in transit.

    There are a few seedy characters around the pier, so keep a watchful eye on your stuff. If offered friendly porting services, be polite, persistent and decline.

    It's not as bad as it sounds... the experience is great and... paradise awaits you on Little Corn!

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  • Un país seguro / A safe country

    by tabla Updated Apr 15, 2003

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    Nicaragua es un país completamente seguro. Únicamente puede que algunas zonas de Managua no sean muy aconsejables, sobre todo a determinadas horas. Sin embargo lo que te pueda pasar en Managua te puede pasar también en Madrid, París o Los Ángeles. Mi consejo es que te quedes el menor número de horas posible en Managua (no hay nada que ver ahí) y salgas enseguida de allí a cualquier otro lado, que será sin duda más bonito y más seguro.

    Nicaragua is an absolutely safe country. Only maybe some areas in Managua are not very advisable, specially at some hours. Nonetheless, whatever can happen to you in Managua can also happen in Madrid, Paris or Los Angeles. My personal advise is to leave as soon as possible the capital (there's nothing worth to see there) and make for any other place, doubtlessly nicer and safer.

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  • Somebody has to say this! The...

    by airmiles Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Somebody has to say this! The only time this did not apply to us was in the hotel in Managua and a restaurant in Leon. It is very very bad to flush your toilet paper down the toilet! The sewage system in most of Nicarauga is very basic and the less stuff put in it, the better! Most bathrooms have a little bucket by the toilet, use that. The people who have to stay and use toilets after you leave the country will thank you!

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    Potholes in the road.

    by MalenaN Written Feb 8, 2003

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    Whatch out for the potholes in the road when you drive. It is specially during the rainy season that there are a lot of them.

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    Children on the street

    by MalenaN Updated Feb 8, 2003

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    Be careful when you drive as there are people (even children) standing on the road by the trafficlights selling newspapers, chewinggums cigarettes etc.

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