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Nicaragua - Getting there & away, getting around

Nicaragua - Getting there & away

Flights to/from Managua are available with a number of Latin American, European and North American airlines, including the national airline Nica, now a member of the Grupo Taca. The departure tax is US$20.

There are three overland border crossings into Honduras, at Las Manos, El Espino and Guasule, and one into Costa Rica, at Sapoá. There is also a river border crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica at Los Chiles, reachable by boat from San Carlos. Fishing and cargo boats from Bluefields and Puerto Cabezas, both on the Caribbean Coast, are always coming and going; you may be able to hitch a ride to another Central American port or island.

Getting around Nicaragua

There are three domestic airlines offering flights, mainly between Managua, Bluefields, Puerto Cabezas and the Corn Islands. Local bus services are regular and frequent, albeit very crowded. Nicaraguan buses are infamous for their pickpockets, so take precautions and keep an eye on your baggage at all times. Boats are the only way to get to some places in Nicaragua, notably on the Caribbean Coast and on Lago de Nicaragua. Trips down the Río San Juan to El Castillo and San Juán del Norte are not cheap.

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