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ATMs -- There are three ATMs 1 block east of the cathedral; banks to try with ATMs are Credomatic (1a Calle NE; tel. 505/2311-7247; www.bac.net) and Bancentro, which is 20m (66 ft.) south of Parque La Merced (tel. 505/2311-0911).

Emergencies -- The police can be reached at tel. 505/2311-3137 or the national emergency number, tel. 118.

Hospital -- The area's largest hospital is Hospital San Vicente (tel. 505/2311-6990), past the bus station.

Internet -- One efficient Internet outlet is Compuservice, in front of Policlinica la Fraternidad (no phone). It is fast, reliable, and open Monday to Saturday from 8am to 9:30pm and Sunday from 9am to 6pm. Club en Conexión, 3 blocks north and a half-block east of the Cathedral (no phone), offers Internet access, along with air-conditioning, and is open Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 9:30pm and Saturday 7:30am to 7pm. They both charge an hourly rate of C20.

Laundry -- Clean Express, 4 blocks north of the cathedral (tel. 505/8438-8393), offers 1-hour laundry service. It's open Monday to Saturday from 7am to 7pm.

Pharmacy -- Go to Farmacia López (Calle Rubén Darío; no phone) for any pharmacy needs.

Post Office -- The main post office, Correos de Nicaragua (tel. 505/2311-2102), is 3 blocks north of the cathedral. You'll find public phones outside the Enitel office on the northwest corner of the Parque Central.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.