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Getting there & around

Agencia Ticabus (522 3697; Av Zelaya) is operated out of a private home, so knock if it doesn't appear to be open. Buses depart from the Esso station at the junction for San José, Costa Rica (US$12.50, nine hours, 6am and noon); San Salvador (US$25, 4am); and Panama City (US$37.50, 4am). Transnica and King Quality buses stop at Texaco, across the Carretera. Taxis and horse-drawn carriages both charge around US$0.75 for a ride across town. Hotel Madera's Inn (522 5825; hmaderas@ibw.com.ni) has a Budget and Alamo desk, but vehicles need to be driven down from Managua.

Minivans to Managua (UCA; US$0.80, 30 minutes) leave the park in front of Iglesia de San Miguel when full, about every hour. Other buses and minivans arrive and depart from the eastern side of the Mercado Municipal.

Carazo (San Marcos, Diriamba and Jinotepe) US$1, 1¼ hours, 5am to 6pm, every 20 minutes

Catarina, Diriomo and Diría US$0.80, 40 minutes, 6am to 5pm, every 20 minutes

Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, Niquinohomo, Masatepe and San Marcos US$0.80, 1¼ hours, 5am to 6pm, every 20 minutes

Granada US$0.80, 40 minutes, 5am to 6pm, every 20 minutes

Laguna de Apoyorim US$0.35, 20 minutes, 5am to 5pm, every 20 minutes; bottom US$0.70, 30 minutes, 5:30am, 10:30am and 3:30pm

Managua US$0.50, one hour, 4:30am to 5:10pm, every 20 minutes

Matagalpa US$1.30, 1½ hours, 5:30am and 6am

TicuantepeUS$0.70, 45 minutes, 6am to 5pm, every 20 minutes