Lately, we’ve been wanting to explore different and bigger markets other than the one in San Juan Del Sur. So last week, we decided to check out the market closest to us in Rivas–just a 45 minute and 15 cordobas ($0.64) bus ride away. We invited our Nicaraguan amigo Chuckie to show us around the Rivas market and help us negotiate the fair local prices. We boarded the bus early afternoon around 11:45, both of us wondering if this ride was going to be similar to the first time we rode the bus in Nicaragua.
As we adjusted to the temperature and looked around at the unfamiliar surroundings, we noticed a lack of color in the town. Everything here looked brown compared to the bright and colorful town of San Juan Del Sur. There were hundreds of people walking up and down the street offering a variety of services and goods, similar to managua but not nearly as aggressive and overwhelming. We got off the bus and asked Chuckie “¿Donde vamos?”. We had no idea about what we were going to see.