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Hitchhiking in Nicaragua

As a group of backpackers and I were sitting on the bench waiting for a chicken bus to pass, we realized that we might be waiting for hours while sitting in the blistering heat of the Nicaraguan sun. We had just descended back to the local village from our New Years  hike to the Telica Volcano. We were smelly, sweaty, and exhausted and we could not bear the thought of having to endure any more time waiting to return to our hostels to take a shower and rest our aching muscles.

A suggestion was made by one of the backpackers that we should attempt to hitchhike our way back into the city of Leon, which was located about 45 minutes away. Everyone in the group agreed that it would be a good idea, and the search for a ride began. There were around twenty of us backpackers covered in dirt and grime piled onto the sidewalk and underneath the bus stop, and we had difficulty hailing a ride for quite a while because no one seemed to want to stop for us. Finally after about twenty minutes of failing to flag down a ride, one truck finally pulled over, and we all hopped on the back of it thankful that we would finally be able to continue our journey into the city.

Thankful to have a ride back into Leon

Tips for hitchhiking in Nicaragua

Luckily the first time that I ever had to hitchhike in my life happened to be with a large group. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to hitchhike to get from point a to point b in a small group or as a solo traveler, here are some things your should know:

Stories about Hitchhiking in Nicaragua

If you have tips or a story to share about your hitchhiking experience in Nicaragua, feel free to share below! Happy traveling!