Mention Nicaragua and you may conjure images of violent coups, sneering guerillas, and cold-blooded drug henchmen. But did you know that it has less violent crime than its neighbours.
Nicaragua is a tropical country, so expect the usual culprits: Dengue Fever, Malaria outside the cities, and some risks of Hepatitis. Dengue is especially prevalent during the rainy season, when stagnant water accumulates.
The most authentic way to travel around Nicaragua (and most Central American countries, for that matter) are on the public people movers, nicknamed "chicken buses".