As I was looking out with door with my all-time favorite Nicaraguan girl Alecia, (remember her from here, here or here) I could not help but notice all of the different modes of transportation passing. I quickly set her down, grabbed my camera and snapped all of the following pictures in under a minute. This truly does represent the various modes of transportation here in Nicaragua.
A gorgeous fruit stand right outside the door.
A meat truck with a helpful diagram showing the different cuts of meat.
A van, these are generally used to go between cities. We have been in a sixteen passenger van that had thirty-nine people inside. They get full!
A mototaxi or caponera, along with some walkers.
Some more walkers.
Another mototaxi. These are generally found where taxis are not. They are for shorter distances and usually cost 5 cordobas or 25 cents.
The bicycle is often found with more than a few people hanging on.
A horse is still a common mode of transportation. As you can see here, there are often cars and horses side by side on the street.
While this is not a mode of transportation, this young guy was pushing a dolly down the road. Wheels, right?!?
A larger truck used for transporting goods.
A motorcycle, these are very common and also highly acquainted with accidents. And while I know that they are dangerous, I still want one.
A biker. This time instead of having a friend on the front, this gentlemen is carrying a large package.
Another horse and cart with Sandanista advertising (note black and red).
A sweet little boy walking and swinging his arms.
Another motorcycle, this time only with one person and a helmet. Very rare!
A taxi and a horse. I wonder which one is faster?
A mototaxi cruising down the road. In India, these are called tuk tuks. One of my friends (who will remain anonymous) once got mad at a tuk tuk driver for over charging her in an emergency medical situation, so she threw her coffee on him. I think she could use some Conflict Transformation skills :)
A taxi. In Managua, taxi rides can range from 20 cords to 120 cords, less than $1 up to $5 depending on where you are going.
A fancy truck.
And a school bus. This is route 118 here in Nicaragua and if it really is from District 207, the bus came from Maine. Busses are never allowed to retire down here and they transfer people across the cities and into others. We ride them daily and pay 2.5 cordobas or 10 cents per ride.
If you are interested in learning more about the wheels here in Nicaragua, check out this post from last year: The Joys of Public Transportation