Travel Day: San Miguel to Chinendega, Nicaragua
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We woke up fairly early, and after waiting for the Danes to get ready, we started our journey. We took several chicken buses to the Honduras border. The border is bonkers. There are tons of people, some scam artists, trying to change your money or take you across the border on bicycle propelled carts. First of all, know the exchange rate. This will save you loads of cash, the dudes exchanging money always start super low, and so you should bargain with them until you are happy with the exchange. Of course, you will not get the same rate as the banks, but it is convenient, so you pay for that. My advice is to exchange just enough to get you to a bank, whenever that may be. Second, the guys with the bikes, they will tell you the border is 2 miles away, when it is just a few hundred meters away.
The cost of the chicken bus from San Miguel to the Nicaraguan border was 5 US. The charge to cross the border was 7 US. You can buy anything on a chicken bus; batteries, empanadas, Gatorade, a live chicken, some sort of colored liquid in a plastic bag with a straw hanging out, a bag of drinking water, clothes, candy, peanuts; seriously if you can’t buy it on a chicken bus, you don’t want it.
We were told about a bus strike at the border, but I didn’t believe the dudes telling me. But, they were right. The Nicaraguan side of the border was a ghost town. The only vehicles present were large trucks carrying cargo. There was a lone taxi however, and we hired him to drive us to the nearest town of Chinendega for 10 US each. We booked a room at Don Mario Hotel for 12 US for a private.