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03 July 2017

To Drive or Not to Drive in Central America


Is it safe for me to drive in Central America?


Doug and Johanne Dyer Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua. Doug is the author of A Tale of Two Geckos
Doug and Johanne Dyer in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua.
Doug is the author of A Tale of Two Geckos
The following post is from a good friend of mine Doug Dyer. Doug and his wife Johanne are enjoying life house sitting all over the world. Here is their website. Thanks for the post Doug.


Doug just recently wrote a fantastic book called "A Tale of Two Geckos: We Transformed Our Lives and So Can You!"


If you want the US version of Amazon, its here.  Once you get started reading you will not be able to stop.


You can get a digital copy at Amazon. No Kindle required just download an app for your pc, apple, android or what have you.  The book will change you and is so inspiring. The best part it is only around $1.00..... got to love it.

Doug and Johanne also writes for International Living and House Sitting Magazine.

OK, on to the actual guest post from Doug.

Is it safe for me to drive in Central America?


A busy street in Granada, Nicaragua Central America
Busy Street in  Granada, Nicaragua
I have recently been confronted with the above dilemma and you may well be too.


Let me share with you what I experienced when I mustered up my nerve and got behind the wheel of a car in Nicaragua.


Chaos like you cannot anticipate meets you as you pull out onto the road. All of your senses come to full attention, adrenaline rushes in.

I don’t remember this being on my driver’s test – ever!!

Travelling in Catarina, Nicaragua by car can be a challenge. As long as you get there it's ok.
Travel any which way. What ever takes you there is OK.
Catarina, Nicaragua
Be prepared for a myriad of massive trucks, barreling buses, taxis, horse carts, tuc-tucs, scooters, bicycles and pedestrians all vying for the same narrow ribbon of concrete that is misnamed  a highway.


To me there is no rhyme or reason, but somehow it all seems to have a flow.


The road way itself is littered with the pesky pot holes and heavily camouflaged speed bumps.


Cattle on the road Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Cattle on the road, Ometepe Island, Nicaragua

You can find anything on the road in Central America. Oxen pulling a load. No plans for a wrestling match here.
Oxen pulling a load. No plans for a wrestling match here.
Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
Don’t be looking for signage or directional arrows for guidance as they are most often forgotten or misplaced.

Sometimes what you think is actually a road headed back to town will instantly morph into a goat trail or alley into someone’s yard.

Oh and that one way that I headed down in the wrong direction? The locals were generally amused and forgiving.

I have yet to mention the living moving obstacles which will include; dogs, chickens, horses, cows, lots of cows, and the old guy pushing an ice cream cart.

Little kids laugh and play unsupervised along the sides of the road and the buses load and unload at will.

The other day I found myself in the driver’s seat staring down a very large bull that had little interest in giving way to little old me. In good time he and his buddies shuffled along down the road.

Of course this is what you see in the light of day; don’t even consider venturing out after night fall, lighting is optional.

So did I answer the question?  Not really but maybe you get the picture.

Doug and Johanne Dyer, The Joyful Travellers

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