When visiting Nicaragua last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel from San Juan del Sur to the legendary city of Granada for the day. There are numerous means of transportation to choose from when traveling in Nicaragua; however, if you really want to get the full cultural experience for the cheapest price, I strongly recommend taking the “Chicken Bus”. These buses usually leave from the main market in San Juan del Sur and stop along the way to pick up as many passengers as necessary along the way to the nearby town of Rivas. Rivas is normally about a 20-30 minute drive in a taxi, but it can take up to 45 minutes on the Chicken Bus after all the stops it has to make. And the drivers will continue to stop until the bus is completely full, which does not mean when there are 2 people in each seat. The people have no problem standing in the aisles as long as the bar on the ceiling is there to hold on to, especially since it only costs about $0.75 for one trip. From Rivas you can get off the bus and catch a cab (there will be TONS to choose from) for about $35. That may sound like a lot, but the city is actually about an hour and a half away so it’s not bad. Bring 3 friends with you and it will only cost you around $9 per person.

Once we arrived in Granada, it was time to start exploring the rich, colonial heritage of the ancient European city. The architecture and structure of the town is simply breath-taking and the scenery alone has given me reason to add Granada to my list of must-see’s. Before you arrive, I suggest mentally preparing yourself to be bombarded with personal vendors trying to convince you to buy their things, and just when you think they are done asking they WILL ask you one more time. Get ready! However, keep in mind that everything in this country is astronomically cheaper! So if you are the slightest bit interested in purchasing souvenirs or looking for something specific, I would suggest looking in Granada. From the Central Park downtown, you can walk in any direction and find entertainment. There are many different tours of the churches and some of the other more famous, historical buildings to choose from. There are also souvenir shops and restaurants on almost every street you encounter, but just walking around and taking in the scenery might be enough as well.Bree Granada

When visiting Nicaragua last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel from San Juan del Sur to the legendary city of Granada for the day. There are numerous means of transportation to choose from when traveling in Nicaragua; however, if you really want to get the full cultural experience for the cheapest price, I strongly recommend taking the “Chicken Bus”. These buses usually leave from the main market in San Juan del Sur and stop along the way to pick up as many passengers as necessary along the way to the nearby town of Rivas. Rivas is normally about a 20-30 minute drive in a taxi, but it can take up to 45 minutes on the Chicken Bus after all the stops it has to make. And the drivers will continue to stop until the bus is completely full, which does not mean when there are 2 people in each seat. The people have no problem standing in the aisles as long as the bar on the ceiling is there to hold on to, especially since it only costs about $0.75 for one trip. From Rivas you can get off the bus and catch a cab (there will be TONS to choose from) for about $35. That may sound like a lot, but the city is actually about an hour and a half away so it’s not bad. Bring 3 friends with you and it will only cost you around $9 per person.

Once we arrived in Granada, it was time to start exploring the rich, colonial heritage of the ancient European city. The architecture and structure of the town is simply breath-taking and the scenery alone has given me reason to add Granada to my list of must-see’s. Before you arrive, I suggest mentally preparing yourself to be bombarded with personal vendors trying to convince you to buy their things, and just when you think they are done asking they WILL ask you one more time. Get ready! However, keep in mind that everything in this country is astronomically cheaper! So if you are the slightest bit interested in purchasing souvenirs or looking for something specific, I would suggest looking in Granada. From the Central Park downtown, you can walk in any direction and find entertainment. There are many different tours of the churches and some of the other more famous, historical buildings to choose from. There are also souvenir shops and restaurants on almost every street you encounter, but just walking around and taking in the scenery might be enough as well.

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Silvio can be reached by email at silvio@nicart.com or through his account on LinkedIn. However, in order to convince customers to come in and visit the studios, there is no online shopping. The other locations for la Galeria Nicart are in Leon, San Juan del Sur, Tola, Ometepe, Catarina, and Masaya. I was very fortunate to take my own little piece of Granada home with me this weekend. Now I will always remember Silvio’s story and the wonderful experience I had in the beautiful city!

Written By Bree Hollis, Social Media Journalist

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