Before sharing San Juan Del Sur with you, we wanted to show you a bit of what we experience going from Costa Rica to Nicaragua. We leave our house about 6:20 a.m. on the local Berlin to San Ramon bus loaded down with our full backpacks. Once arriving in San Ramon we walk to the Pista (the main highway through Costa Rica) on the edge of town. As we had some time before our bus arrived, we stopped for coffee and something to eat and a nearby Soda. Back to the Pista to wait and board our bus at about 8:00 a.m. The buses are nice and similar to a Greyhound in the U.S. Not real roomy but relatively comfortable and equipped with a bathroom--Whew! The ride to the border is approximately 4 hours through beautiful country. This trip we packed a lunch, however, along the way the bus stops to pick up a vender with food and drinks to sell until the point at which he departs the bus. An interesting note. You purchase a bus ticket from San Jose, Costa Rica, to Managua, Nicaragua, no matter where you plan to pick up or depart the bus along the way. We were traveling from San Ramon, Costa Rica, to Rivas, Nicaragua. In order to reach San Juan Del Sur, we were told to take a taxi from Rivas. Ouch!! $18.00 one way for about a 15 minute drive! On the return trip we discovered option #2--THE BUS! For $1.00 each we took the bus back to Rivas. We were happy budget travelers!!
|This vender wanders around selling leather purses, belts and wallets. It's a hard life and I am grateful for mine!!|
|These are the buses we ride. Ours is the Tica Bus which is the second from the left. They are many times Mercedes or Volvos, not a bad ride for us budget travelers!|