Estancia La Casona Hotel

, Managua, Nicaragua
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Estancia La Casona Hotel

, Managua
Canal 2, 1 c Norte Oeste - Managua - Nicaragua 266/1685

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Buses and UCA (minibus) transport in Nicaragua The transportation system in Nicaragua makes it easy to get around the country. Buses from the major tourist hubs (Managua, Leon, Granada) leave every 20-30 minutes to their destinations. They are old American school buses (no air conditioning), which can become crowded on popular routes. Regardless, they are a great way to experience local life and an easy and comfortable way to get around the country. Go to the local bus station, look for the bus marked with your destination and ask for the 'expresso', or express, bus (less stops). It costs around US$1.25. I never felt unsafe, as the people are very friendly. Another great option is the UCA minibus. The station is sometimes in a different location from the bus station, depending on the city. These are small minivans that depart when they are filled. They can sometimes be quicker, but may be more uncomfortable, as many expect you to put your bags on your lap if others want to get in. Cost - US$1.50. Memory - priceless.

A new cozy hotel in town... Managua is a very disorganized city. As a result, I discovered that not necessarily the hotels that are in the middle of the center of the capital are the best ones. All the business, night life, shopping, cafes and so on.... are located at the Carretera Masaya part... so I will advice to get one near that location otherwise. I stayed at the hotel boutique La Antigua which was just in the same neighboorhood of Hipa Hipa, Galerias etc. Yet, I liked that although it can seem that this is a very noisy area because its so close to the living area of Managua, it was in fact very quite and natural...the hotel has a big swimming pool and great gardens, so you feel that you are in the middle of a campine yet you are just around the corner of the heart of Managua.