Updated information on how to get to San Carlos, Rio San Juan, Nicaragua
Please Note:
La Costena Air is not flying to San Carlos or San Juan del
Norte on the Rio San Juan.
Bus service between Managua and San Carlos depart from
Mercado de Mayoreo in Managua.,  one way C$200.00
Cordobas.

Managua to  San Carlos   5:00, 6:00, 7:00, 9:00, 10:15(AM)
                      1:30, 5:30, 6:30 (PM)
San Carlos to Managua  2:00, 6:30, 8:00, 11:45 (AM)
                                      2:30, 6:00, 8:00, 10:30 (PM)

We recommend using an Express bus.  Be ready for a 6 or 7
hour trip, is not comfortable for tourist standard.

Bus from Granada to San Carlos, leave from the port of
Granada on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 and 2:00 PM.  
take about 7 hours, arriving at San Carlos at about 9:00 Pm.
There is another express service in mini Van for 15 passages, they also depart from
Mercado se Mayoreo but they are separated from the bus terminal, you may have to
ask for the express interlocal.   When they get the 15 passenger they leave direct to
Juigalpa bus terminal without stopping. Then at the Juigalpa terminal you may use the
bathroom and eat something while wait for a good bus to San Carlos.
 Santa Fe bridge over the Rio San Juan
Updated information on how to get to Rio
San Juan.
Don’t used this bus, you will be mistreated, and packed like
sardine.
The ferry on Lake Nicaragua from Ometepe to San Carlos
Stopped running on 2018 Don’t plan on it.
BY LAND, 300 km FROM  MANAGUA by private vehicle or a
Rental.  4.5  hour drive.
FROM COSTA RICA
From the new Border Crossing at Las Tablillas. Now
you can drive all the way to Boca de Sabalos.
How to cross the Nicaragua/Costa Rica border crossing at Las
Tablillas
We recommend some of the following business for private
transportation to San Carlos Rio San Juan.
Budget Rent a Car., Contact: Ivan Jose Solórzano, he offer pick up at airport, wait for
your flight local or international and they drive you to San Carlos, Rio San Juan for an
estimated $180.00, ideal for 3 or 4 person.
George's Accesorios para Pesca
George work out of Juigalpa, beside the sport fishing supply shop he also has 3 car for
taking tourist around and make the trip Managua to San Carlos for about $200.00
HOW TO ARRIVE AT MONTECRISTO
From San Carlos it is possible to get to Montecristo and any other
tourist destination in public transport boats, which leave the harbor
five times a day.

Water Taxi to Montecristo leaving San Carlos at 6 1/2, 10 1/2 AM
and 4 1/2 PM costs C$160.00 Cordobas $5.50 US

Regular boats Leaving San Carlos at 8:00, 12:00 AM, 2 1/2, 3 1/2 PM
cost C$120.00 Cordobas  $ 4.00 U.S.

By Chicken Bus, San Carlos to Boca de Sabalos, there are 4 buses
making daily run. Ask for schedule.

If you don't want to use the public transport you can hire a private
boat. San Carlos to Montecristo $250.00 up to 8 person in the boat.

We offer boat rental with driver/guide for private transportation .
Agua Trail provide the servive to cross the Costarican /
Nicaraguan border
Montecristo Eco lodge is located 43 Km from San Carlos, Rio
San Juan, between the jungle river port town of Sabalos and
the historic town of El Castillo. In front of the Sombrero de
Cuero Island.
Contact us In the Lodge* WhatsApp (505) 8649-9012
E-mails: montecristoriver@yahoo.com
Carlitos Way  Carlos Tablada he can do the trip Managua San Carlos for
$180.00 He know the river well, he is also a Chef work at Refugio Bartola.
Telefono 505 83681760  cafetacas@gmail.com
Facts for Crossing the Border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua.

The border post at Las Tablillas is 6 km from Los Chiles. It is
open between 8.00 am and 4.00 pm.

The same buses that come from San Jose and Ciudad Quesada
service the town of Los Chiles, a ride to the border post is
around 500 colónes (~ USD $0.90).

A land exit tax of  USD $7.00 is payable when leaving Costa
Rica and an arrival tax of  USD $12.00 on arrival in Nicaragua,
only payable in US dollars or Córdoba’s.

Buses from San Jose to Los Chiles leave each morning and
afternoon at approx. 5.30am and 3.00pm and takes about 5
hours.
From San Carlos it is possible to get to Montecristo and any other tourist destination in public transport boats, which leave the harbor five times a day.Water Taxi to Montecristo leaving San Carlos at 6 1/2, 10 1/2 AM and 4 1/2 PM costs C$160.00 Cordobas $5.50 US