Border Crossing into San Carlos, Nicaragua

Trip Start Apr 21, 2010
Trip End Jun 29, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Alajuela,
Sunday, April 25, 2010

Los Chiles doesnīt have much to offer travellers besides an infrequently used border crossing into Nicaragua (we were the only non-Nicaraguans in sight).

There are a couple of hotels and tour offices but the tourist industry looks very premature at best.

You will need to stop by the immigration office a block up from the river. You also buy your boat ticket to San Carlos here, which is $12 per person.

The boat runs every three hours or so, pending demand. They will cancel a scheduled boat if it isnīt full enough, so be patient.

The boat ride itself was really pretty. We saw tons of big birds, a group of monkeys in a tree, a turtle, and lots of tiny banana farms on the side of the river, tucked into the jungle. There is a military crossing about 1/2 way to San Carlos, and we were politely reminded to put our cameras away. The soldiers essentially just waved us on. The total boat time was about an hour.

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