Air travel into and out of Managua was wonderful. I must say that the Sandinistas can really do airport security. Our bags were searched very respectfully but thoroughly several times. I felt very safe getting on that airplane and the airline personnel were all very professional.
We travelled around in the back of a truck. I don't recommend this. The express buses were very clean, comfortable, and on time. I am sure you could also rent a car very affordably, though you might as well wear a sign on your head that says 'tourist.'
Well, I went to Nicaragua by bus..I don't think that's possible for most of you (...). But travelling through the country, you should use a public transport. it takes some time, but it's interesting to meet new people.
I flew into Managua on Continental Airlines, it was easy and really the only way to get there form where I came. A couple of friends had come from Guatemala and then went to Costa Rica by bus, this was apparently very stressful and long (it's the long wait at the borders, not the travel time), but less expensive than flying.
Buses run all over the western part of Nic,theyr'e converted yellow school buses. They get you where you need to go, you can easily meet fellow passengers, and they are usually decorated beyond description. If you don't have to go very far (over two hours), these are tons of fun.
Specially during the rain season the road can be very bad with a lot of potholes. It can even have been washed away or just be muddy.
The best car would be a 4WD jeep.
Busses in Nicaragua can be crowded. If there is no place inside the bus people sit on the roof or hang on the sides. Well, it might not be confortable but it is cheap.
Plenty of chicken buses around. Also, there are convenient van services between Granada and Managua. They are more pricey, but worth the money to get out of the hellhole of Managua.
Here's a view from the back of the motor boat that went along the Rio Frio between Los Chiles, Costa Rica and San Carlos, Nicaragua.
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Good for: Couples
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