Are you brave enough to ride a bus in Nicaragua?

I live in Managua, work in Veracruz and take the bus from and to the Huembes terminal nearly every day. To get there I ride the Tipitapa bus that passes by the closest stop from my house. I have been taking this route for about a year and a half. And so far I have lived to tell the tale.

bus in huembes terminal in managua, nicaragua
While most days are gratefully boring, there have been a few things I won’t forget. Here’s a breakdown of what I have seen:

1 fistfight

62 people giving speeches before asking for money

1 loud argument between a money asker and a very religious lady

54 near misses with other vehicles

0 accidents

1 near miss that sent a girl flying into the front of the bus while holding her baby

4 times pulled over be the cops

1 drunk pandillero whipped with a belt by another pandillero while a policeman looked on from his seat

2 drunks kicked off (both for making rude advances on women)

1 phone pickpocketed (mine)

8 dogs, 4 chickens, 1 pig, 1 turkey

125 people on a bus built for 52

Keep in mind I am not including things I have experienced on rural buses in Nicaragua (I would have to include iguanas, parrots a

nd riding on the roof). While somewhat out of the ordinary for most folks on their daily work route, it’s really not more surprising than what I used to see on public transit in the United States.

Well, I never saw anyone carrying a live turkey on the bus in the US.

But two hours of transit round trip in a public bus for $0.80 vs. $15 in a private taxi? I’ll take the bus, thanks.

(This post was written on my phone while riding the bus.)