Re-upped for 90 days
As plans go, mine was simple: go a short ways into Costa Rica, spend a couple days loafing, then re-enter Nicaragua with a new 90 day tourist visa. I had 87 days on the one I got when I flew into Managua. Time to act. They say "variety is the spice of life." So I varied my routine to avoid taking a taxi in Managua to Huembes by going to Granada then Rivas. The bus to Rivas doesn't leave often and then stops at every blessed finca en route. Having missed the 15 cord bus to Penas Blancas, I went by taxi 'colectivo' (50 cords) to the border. The view of the volcanos across the lake and the array of windmills along the isthmus was eye candy. But tractor-trailer traffic jamming the road some 3 km before the frontier delayed us. Having paid Nica immigration $2 to leave, zero to enter CR, I arrived 5 minutes after the last public bus left (6:30PM). I tried paying my way onto tour buses, expresses to San Jose, & with any number of private vehicles, but Ticos are just too friggin' uptight. One lone taxi wanted $20 to go the 20 km to La Cruz and would not, said he "could not" go 'colectivo'. (Ticos are comfortable wrapped in rules.) Hell, my private room with bath there would cost $15. Fed up I exited CR (within 2 hours of being given a 3-month visa), no charge. I re-entered Nicaragua for $10 + 45 cords in fees and joined 2 Aussies & a Finn in a taxi going to San Jorge. They said they'd travelled all day from CR's Caribbean coast through San Jose because they were shocked at how expensive everything is. Welcome to Nicaragua!
Yes, I know I could have paid 'Immigracion' at MetroCentro (or send my passport from Leon) to extend my visa, but where's the adventure?