4 Chicken buses+10hrs at the border = MUCHOS FUN!

Trip Start Feb 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 15, 2010

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Cabinas Santa Rita

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

After being in Monteverde for 2 days and spending FAR too much money it was time to leave Costa Rica. The "plan" was to get a direct Tica bus (with Air Condicionado!) accross the border and into Granada, Nicaragua. The reality was much different!!! With it being the start of Semana Santa, or Holy week to you and I, every bus out of Costa Rica was fully booked until April 1st. This left us with three options, #1 Pay a ridiculous amount for a private shuttle bus #2 get a ridiculous number of "chicken buses" to the border or #3 HITCHHIKE. After numerous phone calls home, the general view of family and friends was DO NOT hitchhike - we opted for the chicken buses.

Bus number 1 was from Monteverde to the Pan-American Highway was relatively easy, although Egg and I managed to excitedly hop off the bus one stop too early - luckily we managed to hop back on just as easily!! Loads of people got off with us, from the highway we needed a bus to either Liberia (about 80km from the border) or La Cruz (20km from the border). Buses for La Cruz came by every hour, we didn`t have to wait too long for one. Our bags were rammed in the luggage hold along with  a variety of potatoes and TVs. We arrived in La Cruz about 8pm, the town was absolutely dead. After asking around, we found a place to stay. Cabinas Santa Rita were run by Rita herself, a lovely old lady. She gave us a choice of ANY room in the complex, I think we chose fairly well exept for the gigantagous spider Egg later found in the shower!!!! After speaking to Rita it was decided that we should get to the border some time before 6am. 

Waking up at 4.30am isn`t the best on any occassion, but knowing that we could potentially be stuck at the border ALL DAY it made getting out of bed even less appealing. We were on the road by 5am and at the border by 5.30, the queue was already massive. full of Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans going on the Easter Hollibobs. It took almost 4hours before we were even stanmped out of Costa Rica, a further 2 hours before we were stamped in to Nicaragua and another 3hours before we managed to get a bus to leave. Finding a bus to Granada was relatively easy, but they`re all waiting on their own paperwork and this takes hours.

We finally arrived in Granada about 3pm, it was absolutely boiling. After wandering around the streets aimlessly looking for our hostel we finally made it. Time for a beer we definitely deserved one!!!    
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