Ruta Del Golfo

Routes from: El Salvador

La Unión - León

You should be at the harbor of La Unión at 08:30h where our staff will handle all the paperwork at the customs; this procedure will take approximately an hour. During these formalities, you can stroll along the small but lovely market in La Unión and have a delicious Pupusa, the most popular snack in El Salvador.

Our staff will hand out life vests and raincoats in the boat. We will stow the luggage in waterproof bags. Be prepared to get a bit wet from the splashing water when the 140BHP outboard engine is working in full throttle! Dont forget to bring your sunglasses and waterproof sun lotion.

After leaving La Unión you will see a group of islands and volcanoes, once disputed between Honduras, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, today a beacon of peace and serenity. Fishermen are hauling in their catch of the day, birds are skimming over the water and if you are fortunate, you will see dolphins playing and jumping around the boat. We will make a stop on the volcanic island of Meanguera to have a cup of coffee. You can also buy artisanal products on this stunning island. Meanguera is a very good place to see frigate birds, pelicans, and many other varieties of sea birds.

Estimated time of arrival at Potosí is 11:30h. Our staff will handle the paperwork which will take approximately an hour. During these formalities, you can have a drink and a snack at the local restaurant. After the paperwork, a sturdy 4x4 car will bring you in 3 hours to Léon. During the ride, you cant miss San Cristóbal, the highest volcano in Nicaragua, rising from the fields of maize, sugarcane and meadows. This is really Nicaraguan cowboy-land: cattle all around and on the tarmac. Prepare to stop a few times for cattle crossing the road. This area is famous for the dairy and meat; almost all the dairy and cheese sold in Nicaraguan (super)markets are from this region.

Estimated time of arrival at León, the second largest city in Nicaragua, is 15:30h. Its an old colonial town with a very rich heritage and a young, vibrant feeling due to the universities located in this attractive town. We will drop you at the accommodation of your choice. Cruce del Golfo can assist you with your travel-plans; the people behind Cruce del Golfo have more than 20 years experience in tourism in Central America.

Note that the crossing and 4x4 drive will take about 5 hours and the formalities about 2 hours.

  • Travel time: 5:00 hours
  • Distance: 170 km
  • Cost: US$ 99.00 per person

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