I do love crossing borders, I traveled the Pancake path of South East Asia and maximum of them have been through land which is most commonly through crossing borders. After my dramatic border access revel in in Nicaragua, I used to be somewhat bit hesitant of touring through bus once more to Panama however my $92 bus is less expensive than a $300 a method flight price ticket.
As a substitute of taking the inexpensive hen bus, I made up our minds to guide a bus price ticket from Nicaragua to Panama with Tica Bus which value me an overpriced fee of $92. The bus began from Managua however I used to be picked up in Rivas then the Penas Blancas border.
This Tica bus corporate will take care of your go out stamp in Nicaragua, as a substitute of paying the $four go out rate, they’ll price you $five which I don’t know why! We simply waited for 30 mins earlier than shifting to the Costa Rica border. I’m hoping any person will file about this factor that Tica bus is doing to their passengers or possibly they suspect it’s a hassle-free however getting more money from passengers is okay. Additionally, there’s no scanning gadget to your baggage within the Nicaragua border, they gained’t even ask you to get your bag out from the bus except the customs legitimate will ask you which ones came about upon getting into Nicaragua.
From the Penas Blancas border, it’s some other five mins through bus to the Costa Rican immigration place of business, we’ve met a large number of different backpackers on DIY and simply taking public transportation- approach less expensive!
To go into Costa Rica is moderately simple, we simply unloaded all of our baggage and carried it, fill out the access immigration shape after which the stamp. Your bag shall be scanned through the customs and that’s it!
Our bus had an issue and used to be not on time for some other 2 hours, so we needed to transfer to some other bus corporate and used to be ready to reach at 11 pm in San Jose, Costa Rica. We then have to transport to some other bus for my different 16 hours adventure to Panama Town.
Prior to coming into the bus, they’ll ask you to pay $nine for the go out rate of Costa Rica (must be $7 for Costa Rica, $2 for Tica bus processing rate). We left San Jose round 1 am and in the end arrived on the border round 6 am (7 am Panama time), the fellow stamped my passport and we then walked for five mins to achieve the immigration place of business of Panama.
There’s this small the town between Costa Rica and Panama which is the alike tax-free the town, no longer claimed through Costa Rica nor Panama. Buying groceries there may be approach less expensive as a result of nobody is regulating it. The unusual phase is that 2 or three guys on the safety border simply put a sticky label on my passport and requested me to pay $1, I’ve advised them I gained’t pay however they’ve advised you’ll’t input. Any such bizarre revel in! Since I used to be having an issue with my proper ankle and having a difficult time strolling, I simply made up our minds to not argue and simply pay.
Having a Philippines passport, I had to have a visa to go into Panama so 2 weeks earlier than leaving Costa Rica for Nicaragua, I carried out for my Vacationer visa within the Panamanian Consulate in Costa Rica. I needed to pay $85 after a couple of mins of wondering after which waited for 30 mins to get my passport with Panama visa. So, excluding my passport with a sound visa, I needed to display a flight price ticket appearing that I can be leaving Panama on a definite date. Jonathan and I are making plans to sail from Panama to Colombia so we made up our minds to print a refundable price ticket to turn on the Immigration.
The customs legitimate this is moderately other, they requested the entire bus passengers to head within the room, stuffed up the shape on the identical time and requested us to put up it separately, in addition they don’t have a scanner gadget, so you must open your bag and display them you don’t have any unlawful stuff to your bag!
From the border, it used to be some other 7 hours adventure till we reached Panama Town!
Subsequent revel in: Crusing from Panama to Cartagena, Colombia by the use of San Blas Islands (Caribbean sea)
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