Routes from: Nicaragua
León - Potosí - La Unión - Suchitoto
A 4WD car will pick you from your hotel in León at 08:30h for a 3 hour ride passing through the city of Chinandega. You cant miss San Cristóbal, the highest volcano in Nicaragua, rising from the fields of maize, sugarcane and meadows. After Chinandega you will enter the 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.
The last 20 kilometer is a dirt road, the reason you are traveling in a 4x4. You will appreciate the landscape much more on this road; the birdlife is abundant, people working in the seemly endless fields and kids playing in the villages. Occasionally, a tortoise will cross the road. You will traverse some hot streams and pools, formed by hot water springs.
Potosí will appear as from nothing. The village consists of some modest houses, two restaurants, a hotel as well as the complex where the customs is located. Before embarking, our staff will handle all the paperwork at the customs; this procedure will take approximately an hour. There is a possibility to have a drink and a snack before you wade through the black sand into the boat.
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.
When leaving Potosí you will see Volcano Cosigüina getting smaller and the archipelago of the Gulf of Fonseca appears more clearly. Fishermen are hauling in their catch of the day, birds are skimming over the water and if you re fortunate, you will see dolphins playing and jumping around the boat. We will make a stop on the volcanic island of Meanguera for 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 La Unión is 14:30h, where our staff will handle the paperwork at the customs. From La Unión, you will embark on a ride which passes the stratovolcanoes Chichontepec (San Vicente, 2182m/7159ft) and Chaparrastique (San Miguel, 2130m/6988ft); the former the second highest volcano in El Salvador, the latter the most active in the country. The ride will take about 3 hours and will end in Suchitoto. We will drop you at your accommodation of your choice around 18:30h. 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 8 hours and the formalities about 2 hours.
- Travel time: 8:00 hours
- Distance: 365 km
- Cost: US$ 135.00 per person
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