Nicaragua - People and places


These cows help to keep the grass neat and trim here at this cemetery en El Realejo, Chinandega.  They say their milk is exquisite!  4/28/99

Arroz aguado de chancho (Nicaraguan pork and rice stew)

If you get a chance to eat lunch with a Nicaraguan family, and they ask you what you would like to try, say "Quiero probar arroz aguado de chancho."  This is one of the lesser known Nicaraguan delicacies....and I am sure you are going to love it!  Have you eaten a nacatamal?  Let's say that this would be a squishy cousin to the nacatamal (without the corn based dough, of course).  You have to eat it piping hot and it's even better with a boiled sweet plantain and a piece of quesillo or other local cheese.

There are a couple of good recipes available on Internet. I personally would opt for this one (it's in Spanish). Here is another version in English. They both look like pretty good recipes...but like I said, go to somebody's house...much better that way!

MRI - Resonancia magnética Nicaragua

Update: I recently was asked to get another MRI by a pretty good neurologist in Managua: Dr. Jorge Antonio Muñoz.  He attends in two different clinics: Centro de Especialidades Médicas Montoya, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the Hospital Metropolitano Vivan Pellas, Monday through Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  He also confirmed that the Hospital Metropolitano Vivan Pellas has the best images.

The Hospital Metropolitano Vivan Pellas does have a pretty good business model going, especially for medical tourism in Nicaragua. In fact, the hospital is under expansion to make room for future growth.  Lots of foreigners and locals the two days I was there....

Prices have increased.  The price quoted was $70.  Ask for a discount.  They gave me about a 10% one (not sure why) so it came out to $423.  Food prices have also gone up....

If you have to get a MRI while you are on vacation in Nicaragua, I can recommend the best place to you.  Go to the Hospital Metropolitano (Vivian Pellas), just outside Managua.  I checked around (Hospital Bautista and Hospital Militar) and they have the cheapest prices and the newest and best equipment (according to many doctors).  The test will cost you $329 (C$7390.46).  You have to make the appointment two days in advance.  Mine was at 8:00 a.m. and I was out by 9:00 a.m.  I enjoyed that breakfast in the hospital cafeteria on the basement level.

Si tenes que hacer una resonancia magnética mientras estés de vacaciones en Nicaragua, te recomiendo el mejor lugar: el Hospital Metropolitanto (Vivian Pellas), en las afueras de Managua.  Investigué tres lugares (incluyendo el Hospital Bautista y el Hospital Militar) y el Hospital Metropolitano tiene el equipo más moderno y el precio más bajo.  Te va a costar $329 (C$7390.46).  Tenés que hacer la cita con dos días de antelación.  La mía era a las 8:00 a.m. y salí a las 9:00 a.m.  Disfruté ese desayuno en la cafetería en el sótano del hospital.