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If you really want to see Nicaragua, this is your book,
This review is from: Moon Handbooks Nicaragua (Paperback)
Until this book came along, solid guidebook options on Nicaragua were limited at best. You've basically got three choices: Lonely Planet Central America, Moon Handbooks Nicaragua, and the Footprints guide. For anyone planning on staying more than a few days in Nicaragua, there is no question that this book will enhance your trip significantly. I recently spent three months travelling through Nicaragua and ended up ditching the other two guides b/c they lacked up to date material and were severely limited and outdated in their descriptions of where to stay, eat, and visit (basically the things that you really need to know). For those of you looking for a more local experience, or at least a way to get off the beaten path, this book will be a lifesaver. It is clear that these guys have lived in Nicaragua for a decent chunk of time. I'm tired of bashing on the other guidebooks, but there are many parts of the country that the other books fail to cover in any relevant detail or even mention at times.
As far as writing style goes, these guys are actually hilarious. I'm not looking for comedy in a guidebook (just solid info which they've provided in full), but it's a bonus to find a book which provides what you need and presents it in a way that's intelligent and amusing. Their list of fiestas patronales is a must have for those who have the time to stick around the country and check them out. I would also suggest picking up a copy of Waves (a free magazine published in Nicaragua for tourists) for more on what is going on in Nicaragua during a specific month. There's no question that Nicaragua has some amazing sites and incredibly friendly people, so it's nice to finally have a guidebook that allows people to enjoy the experience more fully. If you're heading to Nicaragua, this is your book.