The Ticabus and similar services like Transnica are great ways to get around Central America; comparable to the all familiar Greyhound buses of North America they whisk you…..at a modest speed through all of the countries in the region. When it comes to the smaller towns however, they are all but useless and it’s time to grab your pack, hide your wallet and make a dash for the chicken buses and the other inter-locales that ply the highways and byways.
I was already tired of being cooped up in the bus from San Salvador and knew that I had to make a break sooner or later. Unfortunately I was sitting on the left hand side of the bus and from that angle it was especially difficult to read any town signs to find out exactly where I was at any one time. I managed to get a bead on the main road passing though Esteli in western Nicaragua and knew that I had to get off soon if I was to make the detour to Leon, the hotbed revolutionary town of Nicaragua’s recent past. Getting a bus driver to let you off in the middle of nowhere is easy enough, finding the next bus could prove to be more difficult and with three young female backpackers in tow I was sure we would attract some attention.
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