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Leon (Nicaragua)

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PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Bigfoot HostelMedia Cuadra al sur, Banco ProcreditoHostel-
Hostal ColibríIglesia de La Recolección 1/2 cuadra al norteGuesthouse86
Hostal Tortuga Booluda (The Lazy Turtle)Calle Marcoleta 517, 3.5 cuadras al oeste del parq De la Iglesia San Juan de Dios, 1.5 Cuadras OesteHostel-
Hostel El Alberguegasolinera petronic media cuadra abajo, Barrio SanHostel-
Sonati3ra calle noreste 211Hostel-
Surfing Turtle LodgeIsla Los Brasiles, Poneloya LeonHostel-

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Internet

Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.

Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.

Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.

You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.

Post

Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.

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