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Road to [camino a] Las Salinas, Nicaragua

Some have asked me how the road from Ochomogo to Las Salinas (in Rivas, Nicaragua) is.  So here is a my first hand version of the trip.  It is February, 2012, during the dry season.  This will definitely not be up to date during the rainy season in Nicaragua, generally from May to November.  During that time, you might need to take the Rivas-Tola-Las Salinas route.  BTW I was watching and documenting the odometer.  However, all measurements are approximates.  Check out the pictures for visual guidance.

From Granada to the Ochomogo bridge: 40 km.  IMG_2645

Turn right immediately after you cross the bridge.  Note the signs for Chacocente (59.4 km.), Punta Teonoste and Escalante (10 km.).

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Head down a dirt road that is in decent shape.  I was able to cruise along at 60 km/h until the next checkpoint (about 9 km.). 

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At 49.5 km from Granada, you will need to take a left.  Here again you will see the sign for Punta Teonaste. 

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On the right hand side, there is a yellow church.  The conditions on this road turn worse and you will probably average 30 km/h.

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Travel on and you will eventually see a faded white and yellow wooden fence (on the right side of the road).

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From this point on, I would recommend a higher, 4WD vehicle.  A car could be nursed through but will eventually suffer up ahead.

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At 53.5 km from Granada, you will come to a Y in the road.  Take it to the right and wave to yet another Punta Teonaste sign.

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At km. 61.2 and 64.6, you will have to cross water.

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You will travel through some small villages such as San Ignacio and Las Delicias.  When you get to this landmark at km. 68, near the La Virgen Morena town, keep to the right.

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Continue on to about km. 70 and you will see this:

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You are in Las Salinas.  You can head to Punta Teonoste, Chacocente, El Astillero, Guasacate o Popoyo.  Rancho Santana and Haciendo Iguana are also within reach.  The beachs and Nicaragua’s great surf are awaiting!