Solo female traveler - Cab or bus from Mangua to Jiquilillo?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2013 7:55 AM Last Post By: dollyd
Jul 14, 2013 4:00 PM
Solo female traveler - Cab or bus from Mangua to Jiquilillo?I am traveling to Nicaragua/Costa Rica in September/October. As soon as I arrive in Nicaragua I am spending 4-5 days on Little Corn Island. After that I will be heading to Jiquilillo and I was wondering if it was better to take a cab or a bus there? I was told by a friend that a cab would cost $70-100. Is it smarter, being a solo female traveler, to take a cab?? After 4-5 days in Jiquilillo, I will head on down to Costa Rica. What is the best means of transportation to get to Costa Rica?
Thanks in advance!
Jul 14, 2013 4:34 PM
1That is not a bad price for a taxi, its about 3 hours from Managua...cant comment on which busses to take, but I dont see what being a female solo tourist has to do with much as taking public busses in Nicaragua and Central America is the way 99% of locals and backpackers get around. Managua the city is no fun, but cant see why you cant take a bus from A to B.
As for getting to Costa Rica, you will need to get back to Managua, then a bus to Rivas and Border, once at border allow 1-3 hours to cross, then there are busses every 30 minutes from CR side to Liberia, which is 2 hours south of the border, from there, you either go to Pacific beaches (Tamarindo/Grande/Coco/Samara/Nosora) or towards San Jose, or, Puntarenas,or north to Rincon or east to Canas/Tileran and Arenal areas.
Get a early start night travel is not good nor recommended in CA/CR/Nica, and expect delays as Sept and Oct are rainy season, and Oct, CR is best avoided IMO, its a mess overall, beaches, parks and mountains all muddy usually and not lot of sun, but, the NW is best or the caribe side, but the Osa-Southern Zone, and southern Nicoya, is best avoided.
Do you not have a Shoestring, Moon, LP or Roughguide guidebook?
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Jul 16, 2013 5:53 PM
6Ok: I probably took over a dozen busses in 3 weeks in Nicaragua, and hitched a few times, and maybe 3 of those trips I was with someone else. I never had a single problem. I am a 23 year old single woman, and I stood out as a foreigner. You know where I had problems? Taxis! Young taxista in Managua who hit on me half the ride and then changed our negotiated fare halfway through. The same types of young guys who would hiss at me on the street wouldn't say a word to me on the bus. I sat next to old men, young men, teenagers, young women, old women, people's kids... all good. Taking the bus is cheap, relatively easy, and much more interesting than sitting in a taxi. And no need to pack a snack because the snacks come right to your seat. Keep your valuables close to you. The only time I was ever separated from my pack (as in, on the roof) was Rivas->SJDS, but I had a lock and a cover on my bag (with my valuables on my person) and everything was fine. I don't think those precautions are more so for solo women than for anybody else. If anything, locals went out of their way to help me when I was travelling on my own. I had a bus driver call a local kid to take me to my hostel on his motorcycle when I got lost on the Las Salinas bus. (I suppose you could argue that could have gone either way, but it didn't, so yay) I would literally say I felt the safest when I was on the bus, but really, I rarely ever felt unsafe, although yes, the catcalling on the streets in cities can get tiresome. Take normal precautions, and you should be fine, barring any unexpected bad luck.
Jul 17, 2013 7:43 AM
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Jul 18, 2013 11:13 AM
10dolly - why does everyone recommend tica bus as the bus to go when travelling to costa rica. Not trying to argue opinions, but genuinely wondering. Ive never heard a single person recommend anything other than Ticabus.
In my personal experience, TransNica has been cheaper, nicer, and faster. King Quality Lines is even cheaper yet, but since i havent ever taken it personally, i cant speak to the quality. Just wondering why 100% of the ex-pats here (other than me) recommend Tica Bus. what am i missing?
Jul 18, 2013 1:28 PM
Jul 30, 2013 12:18 PM
12If you bargain hard in Managua you should be able to find a cab for 100 U$ from Managua city to Jiquilillo in a direct shot. The high end rate is $120, but honestly, the price is not bad considering you will drive directly there and have lots of leg room, air con and a 3 hour ride opposed to two buses, two separate cab rides from your point A in Managua to Mercado Israel (bus terminal for Chinandega and a second cab ride upon arriving to Chinandega to Mercadito aka Santa Rosa). The bus ride is safe and easy but it will be hot and long. Total travel time will be about 4.5 to 5 hours. Note that you will have to plan your arrival to Chinandega with JIquilillo's bus schedule: 7am, 10am, 1130am, 3pm and 430pm. If you miss the bus, it is worth paying $20 for a cab from Chinandega to Jiquilillo. The time of travel is 40minutes opposed to the 1.5 hour bus ride.
Ignore the previous post about finding a cab for $50 bucks. I live in Jiquilillo, Nica, you will never find a cab for that rate from Managua. If you are thinking about taking a reliable cab call Vidal 8686 7471 in Managua, we have been using him for over 3 years for our clients. Tell him that Nate sent you from Rancho Esperanza in Jiquilillo.
Aug 4, 2013 7:55 AM
13Trans Nica is cheaper but always very full of mostly locals. Tica bus is a bit more but in better shape with a mix of locals and tourists. King quality is the most expensive by far but feeds you and is very rarely full. You can usually get a seat to yourself especially in the back. I have no idea why you think it is the cheapest one. It is not. I personally prefer King Quality but have traveled on others too. Took Tica to Costa Rica last time as it was about $50 less from Managua to San Jose.. The posters on this site are usually right on. For the money, Tica is what you would probably be happiest with.
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