We were informed before the trip began that the stops at the boarders could take up to an hour and we would have to pay a boarder tax.
First boarder leaving Honduras and heading into Nicaragua took about an hour and cost about $14 per person. This met our expectations.
On the Nicaragua side we saw a few friends from school stuck there with a broken down bus. Been there!
Second boarder leaving Nicaragua and heading into Costa Rica was a totally different story. We arrived around midnight so most of us were drifting in and out of sleep. The boarder tax was $4 so that was a good surprise. BUT when we got through Nicaragua and had to go through the line on the Costa Rica side we found out the boarder closed at 12:00am. We were just a few minutes too late.
So guess what that meant?? We had to spend the night on the bus until 5 AM so we could get back in line when the boarder opened at 6 AM.
|Here we are still smiling even after the first break down and the over night in the bus.|
So we were very excited to have made it through the line and ready to head down the road by 7 AM.
Problem number 2: The computer system broke down and we couldn't get the paper work for the bus to travel through Costa Rica. It was estimated that it would take 4 to 6 hours to fix but Praise the Lord we got our paper around 9 AM and finally headed down the road. We were hungry and tired by this point.
Our trip had a rough start. We were all a little worried at this point if we would get to enjoy ourselves.
Update coming soon...