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Getting Around Nicaragua by Taxi

Taxis in Nicaragua are an inexpensive way to travel. In towns and cities cabs are often not only the the most convenient, but in many cases, the cheapest and safest way to get around. If you are in a group, taxis also offer a reasonably priced, hassle-free way to travel between cities. If you take a longer trip in a cab, make sure to pick a taxi which is in good condition. Agree on a price before you start the journey; a good rule of thumb is to plan on paying around $10 for every 20 km. None of Nicaragua’s taxis have meters, which means you should negotiate a fee before you get in. Unless you can pass as Nicaraguan, avoiding paying a vastly inflated price will be difficult, as in all likelihood the driver will try to overcharge you (although doubling the price may only cost you an extra dollar). Price inflation becomes more of a problem in areas where taxi drivers are regularly in contact with tourists, such as Managua, Leon, Granada and at international border crossings. It is always a good idea to find out from a local how much your fare should be (in many towns there are set rates), and remember that in Nicaraguan cities taxis are abundant. If one taxi is too expensive, try another. Most taxis that you can hire on the street operate as collectives, which means they may stop to pick up other people heading to the same, or nearby locations. If you don’t want to share your taxi you will charged extra. Taxi fees are usually paid per person, not per taxi, when negotiating the price for a group of people make sure that the price you agree on is for everyone not a fee for each person. Having the exact money to pay your fare avoids problems, as taxi drivers don’t carry much change and may “confuse” larger payments with tips.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Nicaragua : Getting Around, Getting Around, Getting Around San Juan del Sur, Getting around Sábalos, Getting around, Getting around, Getting Around Big Corn Island, Getting Around Islas Solentiname, Getting around and Getting Around Nicaragua by Bicycle.

By Tom Ravenscroft
Initially intending to just pass through Ecuador on his year-long sojourn across the world, Tom Raven Scroft decided to set up camp in Quito as an...
22 Feb 2009

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