We have an upcoming trip to Managua with our flight on TACA arriving at 8:05pm (2 adults & a 5 year old). We plan to stay in Managua at the Intercontinental. We thought we'd either have the hotel arrange a car for us. Now I came across this travel warning from the US State Dept website. Do any travellers have thoughts about this warning? Is it valid ? Should we change our flight to arrive in the daytime? Thanks.
U.S. citizens are increasingly targeted shortly after arriving in the country by criminals posing as Nicaraguan police officers who pull their vehicles – including those operated by reputable hotels -- over for inspection. In each case, the incidents happened after dark and involved gun-wielding assailants who robbed passengers of all valuables and drove them to remote locations where they were left to fend for themselves. Some assailants employed threats of physical violence. While the traditional scene of these attacks has been the Tipitapa-Masaya Highway, this activity has recently spread to the Managua-Leon Highway. The U.S. Embassy warns U.S. citizens to exercise extreme caution when driving at night from Managua’s International Airport and to avoid traveling the Tipitapa-Masaya Highway at night.