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Nicaragua Border Crossings with Honduras

There are three main border crossings between Nicaragua and Honduras. The procedure is roughly the same at all of them: you must stop by the immigration office of the country you are leaving and pay to get an exit stamp, then walk across the border, fill out a form, pay a fee, and receive your entry stamp.

Crossing the Nicaragua border at Guasaule

The busiest crossing is at Guasaule, north of Chinandega on the Pan-American. This crossing is open 24 hours, but it can be quite slow-going due to the heavy truck traffic and ongoing roadwork on the Nicaraguan side. Still, this is the best crossing if you are traveling along the Pacific coast, and there is frequent public transportation between the border and Chinandega.

Nicaragua Border Crossing between Tegucigalpa and Managua

Travelers making their way between Tegucigalpa and Managua will be better off using the crossing at Los Manos. The border is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but public transportation stops running after about 4 p.m. The crossing can be reached from DanlĂ­ in Honduras and Ocotal in Nicaragua. Nearby, there is a little-used crossing at El Espino, which is also open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The crossing is reached from San Marcos or Choluteca on the Honduran side and Somoto on the Nicaraguan side. As at Los Manos, public transportation stops at around 4 p.m.

Nicaragua Border Crossings on the RĂ­o Coco

There is, at least theoretically, an additional border crossing on the RĂ­o Coco near Leimus, but it is hardly ever used by travelers. There is no public transportation, and the nearest towns on both sides of the border are hours away. If you do cross at Leimus, you will need to get your passport stamped in Puerto Lempira (Honduras) and Puerto Cabezas (Nicaragua).

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By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
10 Dec 2009

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