Bosques De Xiloa
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 11:43 PM Last Post By: likeeveryoneelse
Nov 1, 2012 11:26 PM
Bosques De XiloaCan anyone tell me specifics about the town Bosques De Xiloa?
How long would it take a bus to get from the town into the center of managua? how far is it, like would it be possible to bike that? according to google maps its 6-10 miles depending on where in managua you are going, but im not sure how long that is on a bus, or how the roads are for on a bike.
i will be moving to nicaragua in about 2 months, and going to be in managua almost daily, but ideally would like to stay in a more rural area outside, but near to town. I will have a vehicle, but would much prefer taking the bus.
This place seems really pretty and small town ish, while still being close to the city. and cuidad sandino seems to just be a couple miles up the road for anything i would need without even having to go into managua.
Feel free tell me how stupid, or great of an idea this is. I have been to managua, but have not been up to the chiltepe penninsula before.
Preferably if you have been to the area personally. lots of people love to talk about how scary or terrible managua is without really ever being there. not worried about that, just wanna know about the xiloa area.
Nov 12, 2012 7:52 PM
1I have been in, out, living, working more times in Nicaragua than I can count since early 1967. Somehow I could never put Nicaragua or its wonderful people out of mind and always return. You run the high risk of never leaving if you come.
My view is: Do NOT even consider biking much on the highways of Nicaragua!
As I often told my sons in learning to drive in Central America, "Remember if the accident does not kill you, then the ride to the hospital will kill you." Read the US State Department Travel advisory and I think you will find it says something to the effect that your greatest security risk in Nicaragua is the traffic. There are no choppers or well equipped EMT's that are going to carry off to the nearest hospital in event of an accident.
The only reason you would prefer to take the bus here is that you have never done it. The local mini-buses are often called "inter-mortales" (inter-death) a pun on "inter-locales" (inter-locals) that travel between cities. Double and single yellow lines in the center of the road are just decorations for the buses that often race to get ahead to get passengers before the competing bus gets them. You will find 40 foot container loaded semis, speeding crazys in Prado's and pickups, Ox-carts and horse carts, 3 wheeled motor-bike taxis, and pedestrians, and bikes all jockeying to stay alive on the highways.
I suggest you look at the towns that are 500 meters or more in altitude higher than Managua just to be in a cooler climate. Then decide to take the bus or drive and specifically Carazo or the highlands of Managua. That means somewhere along the CA-1 the Pan Am highway to the South toward Costa Rica. Electricity can be very expensive for A/C if you live in the low lands, like US$ 0.30 per KW.
A lot of people use bikes and motorcycles in Nicaragua because that is all they can afford. But I suspect they have some of the highest mortality rates of those on the highways.
Good luck but drive, very very carefully.
Nov 15, 2012 11:43 PM
2what a weird reply that really addresses zero of my post.
but let me address yours.
I have already visited there, and am planning on moving there for good, so the running the risk of never leaving is ok with me.
i do prefer taking the bus, and yes i have done so many times. both in town buses, and the chicken buses from one town to the next. as well as the cross country bus. cheap, easy, no biggie. plus its always an adventure. i have driven through towns and countryside in a car and on a motorcycle. and i have walked extensively down roads and highways.
more than likely i wouldnt be riding a bike on the highway, but there is more than one road in town. i wouldnt ride down the freeway here in the US either, but i enjoy taking a bike ride through town. i just stay on side roads and dirt paths.
i have no desire to look for a cooler climate. I live in south texas and am used to the hot humid weather. Plus, i want/need to stick very close to managua, if not right in the city, as ill be in the city about every other day on average. carazo would be a 1-3 hour trip, depending on where in carazo. thats too far of a "commute" for me.
also i am fine using what locals use "because thats all they can afford". i have no desire to flaunt my money, nor do i have any desire to live above what everyone else in town is living like. i plan on having a one room house and a bike.
basically just looking for input on bosques de xiloa or the chiltepe penninsula in particular.
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