Money & costs
Also thanks to the Pellas family and Credomatic, you can probably use Visa, MasterCard and Amex more often in Nicaragua than back home. Traveler's checks, basically useless elsewhere in the country, can be changed at either Banco America Central (BAC; www.credomatic.com/nic; Plaza España) or the American Express office (266 4050; Viajes Atlántida office; 8:30am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8:30am-noon Sat). Managua has scores of banks and ATMs, most on the Visa/Plus system. BAC, with machines at Metrocentro Mall, the international airport, Plaza España and the Esso station just north of Plaza Inter, accepts MasterCard/Cirrus debit cards and gives US dollars and córdoba. Any bank can change US dollars. Coyotes, black-market moneychangers, are generally honest (but you should know roughly how much to expect back) and use the same exchange rates as the bank; try Plaza España.