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Is there an ATM nearby? Do you accept credit cards?
There are no ATMs in Popoyo. The nearest ATM is a solid hour away in Rivas. It’s best to bring in your cash. As of November 2012, we do accept all major credit cards. Our bank charges us 5% of each charge that is made to us, so we do charge this standard rate to our clients. Most everyone accepts US Dollars in smaller bills of 20 and below. The local currency is “cordobas”, and the current rate is 24 cordobas to 1 US dollar.
Will my ATM card work? Will my telephone work?
Before traveling make sure you advise your bank that you may be using your ATM/debit/credit card here in Nicaragua. We’ve seen many guests declined at the ATM because of their bank’s security measures. This goes the same for your telephone company. We have an international phone on the property (calls are $1 a minute), but be sure to contact your cell phone provider if you’d like to use your phone/PDA.
What else is there to do?
Las Salinas has excellent hot springs that have been cemented in for swimming. The springs are about a mile from our property. If you are leaving Popoyo and heading north to Guasacate, turn right just past the school and police station and the springs will be a quarter mile on your right. These hot springs usually maintain a temperature of 104 to 105 degrees farenheit, perfect to relax and rejuvenate after a day in the surf. This year, the municipality has begun regular maintenence of the grounds and a representative collects $1 from each visitor who would like to bathe in the springs.
Is there internet access nearby?
Just about a quarter mile past the turn-off for the hot springs is our little town’s internet cafe and convenience store, referred to as “Tonita”. The have a few computers that are set up for internet use, and they also have a wi-fi signal in the case you’re bringing a laptop. Next door they sell lunch plates of beef or pork, plantains, and salad for $1.50. Tonita also has ice cream, nice on a hot afternoon.
What if I get hurt or sick?
We’re fortunate to have a very nice, modern clinic a 10 minute’s drive away. They can stitch you up or fill a prescription for whatever ails you – from body aches to stomach problems.
How far is Popoyo from the airport? Is there a bus?
It’s a 2 and a half hour trip from Managua to Popoyo in our 4X4 and at least a half hour more in a standard taxi. Make sure the taxi driver knows where he is going. Many drivers will tell you they do, and you will find yourself lost several hours later. If your budget is tight, there is a public bus that leaves Roberto Huembes Terminal in Managua at 2:30 pm and arrives at our corner “La Entrada a Popoyo” around dark at 6pm. It costs around $3.
Is Managua dangerous?
Probably the most dangerous situation you can get yourself into in Nicaragua is getting into a random taxi in Managua. Always use someone you know or a hotel’s designated taxi service. The public bus system is relatively safe, and for the most part, reliable.
I have a late/early flight, where should I stay?
If you’d like to stay in Managua your first or last night of your trip, we recommend Best Western Las Mercedes Managua. It’s directly across the street from the airport (you can walk) or better yet, use the free shuttle. The rooms are nice, and the grounds include beautiful local shrub, flower, and tree specimens. There is a pool, and a restaurant. A room here costs just under $100 after taxes, including a delicious breakfast. Guests of NicaWaves receive our tour operator rate, $55 plus tax for one person, $65 plus tax for two people. After you make a reservation with us, let us know if you are interested in staying at the Best Western and we’ll help you secure the rate.
Is there much crime in Popoyo?
As of the fall of 20102, there is not much crime here in Popoyo, with a couple exceptions. Fun-seekers driving to the Las Salinas discoteca on Saturday nights should be sure to lock their vehicle and park under the lights as close as possible to the discoteca. Car theft has been reported here. Besides isolated incidents of petty crime at the hostels/hotels in Guasacate by local thieves, the only other regular occurence is rampant sandal theft immediately surrounding the paddle out spot at Popoyo. We strongly recommend ascending the stairs to the palm thatch rancho directly over looking the peak of Popoyo. The Finca Popoyo project provides a nice shady spot with hammocks and chairs is guarded 24/7. Here you can leave your shades, sandals, towels, sunblock, camera, etc. under the care of the vigilant guards. Cold beverages and beer are also available so bring a little cash with you. And sharing a tip to the guards for their service and attention would always be thoughtful as well.