Nicaragua - People and places

Flor de Caña Blanco Reserva

If you have tried Nicaraguan's Flor de Caña rum, you are probably a fan of this world renowned spirit.  In the airport in Nicaragua (and only in the August C Sandino international airport), in many of the duty free shops and for a limited time, you can get a 7 year white rum.  It's a brother to the popular Gran Reserva dark rum with the novelty that it is distilled to a beautiful clear color.  It's flavor?  Really good!  While the dark Gran Reserva has a slightly sweeter, molasses like flavor, the white Blanco Reserva is a but smoother and has an almost thick characteristic to it (not dry at all). 

Nicaraguan iguana

We hear a lot of scratching and running around on our roof.  Since we live in a fairly protected property, this guy has his run of the place.  It's a big Nicaraguan iguana and he regularly comes down to feed on the grass, flowers and trees.  My fear is that he get trapped by a neighbor, as these are highly valued for food, especially as the Holy Week (Semana Santa) approaches.  What is the connection between Holy Week (Semana Santa) and iguanas?   Read this blog from Rachel Lindsay.  


Nicaraguan Post Office

Nicaraguan Postal Service
Nicaraguan Postal Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Nicaraguan mail service (Correos de Nicaragua) has improved by leaps and bounds in the past few years.  It still has a few idiosyncrasies but, generally speaking, it is fairly efficient and trustworthy (although it is not advisable to have valuables sent to Nicaragua via Correos de Nicaragua).

Post offices aren't generously located in Managua but there are several spread around the city.  The smaller cities and towns usually have just one post office.  Mail can be delivered to your home (with the unusual and disorderly address system) but most people never get letters delivered to them.  It's not common at all.  Those who do regularly receive mail will probably have a P.O. Box (Apartado Postal) like you can see in the second picture.  In Managua, the costs are the following: right to a box - C$110; 6 months - C$160.  Pretty reasonable, really.  Then, they give you a key and all mail (or notifications of packages) are put inside your box for you to get when you want.

How about sending packages? That box in the last picture is a 1 lb. back of coffee sent to a fortunate address in the United States.  It cost C$71 + C$10 to certify delivery.  Around Christmas time, it will take about a month to get there.  Other times of the year it can take as little as two weeks.
Oh, and by the way, you have to put the stamps on yourself....