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Pacific South West Safety

The Pacific South West, like the rest of the country, is typically safe and peaceful. More than other parts of Nicaragua, though, this strip of country has seen a great influx of tourism - both petty crime and scams have increased as a result. Be aware that, as a visitor, you’re more likely to be overcharged for goods and services. Taxi drivers, especially around Rivas, will tell you that buses are unsafe or not in operation in order to get you to hire them for long trips; bus drivers will tell you how unsafe taxi drivers are. To avoid scams, obey the rules of three – if three people in three different places tell you the same thing, then the information is usually fairly reliable. Be on the lookout for pickpockets, especially in crowded places such as buses and markets. The same rules of travel apply in the Pacific South West as with anywhere else: be aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on your belongings, don’t be obvious about valuables, always check your bills, secure items when you leave your room and don’t go strolling down dark alleyways at night.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Pacific South West: When to Visit, Safety and Food and Accommodations in Tola.

By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
14 Oct 2009

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