Nicaragua Update: June 8, 2018

Nicaragua is a country in crisis and the situation here seems to change almost on a daily basis. I will do my best to add new posts as things that affect travel occur. If you are unaware of what’s happening here, I recommend doing a search for “Nicaragua” in your favourite news source for the background on the crisis affecting this nation.

Blockades

Road blockades set up by citizens protesting the government have choked all the major arteries around the country. While detours around the blockades are still open, travel throughout the country is challenging as the detours are often poorly maintained dirt roads. The blockades are also preventing the free movement of goods. Many areas are reporting shortages of gasoline and diesel, grocery store shelves are empty, and ATMs are being refilled sporadically.

Ferries to Ometepe

Due to the lack of fuel created by the blockades, there are currently only two crossings daily. Departures from Moyogalpa are scheduled for 06:30 AM and 04:30 PM and departures from San Jorge are scheduled for 09:00 AM and 05:45 PM.

Conditions on Ometepe

For the past couple of weeks, Ometepe has been basically normal. There are no roadblocks on the island, tour operators are still functioning, rental companies are still open, as are most businesses and hotels/hostels. Because of the blockades and overall civil unrest, there are very few tourists in Nicaragua in general and on Ometepe, specifically. If you chose to come to Ometepe, you will have a lot of the island all to yourself.

Media

There is minimal up-to-date coverage in English media of the events in Nicaragua, but Al Jazeera and The Guardian are doing better than most outlets at posting current stories.

Groups to follow on Facebook for on-the-ground reports are Backpacking Nicaragua and Backpacking Central America.

 

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