I just posted this information under an existing topic but felt it warranted a post of its own. We are avid travellers and often rent a car to travel around. Nicaragua is a lovely country but as many people have mentioned be aware of where you are. This is our second visit to the country. Our first trip included Managua, Granada and San Juan del Sur. We enjoyed all and only explored Managua during the day with our toddler.
This trip we decided to visit Leon then return to SJDS. We made the mistake today of stopping to take a photo of Volcano Momotombo on the side of the highway between Leon and Managua. While outside our car 3 men tumbled down from the bushes on a hill and tried to attack/ mug us armed with knives- this was at a "scenic overlook" on the highway complete with a roofed area around noon. It was me, my husband and toddler son. Our instinct was to return to our car and protect our son. They followed us to the car- 2 followed me and my son and the other my husband. They pointed the knives at us- we only thought of the safety of our son and yelled, kicked and made it known we were not an easy target. We made enough noise that we attracted a motorcyclist on the road but our assailants had ran off and we drove away before he returned.
I write this to remind others to always be attentive. We let our guard down a bit and now keep wondering what if. This could happen anywhere- remember to be stay in busy areas if you are somewhere you don't know.