The normal bus to take from Estelí to Somoto is the 7.30am from the Cotran Norte Terminal on the east side of the Panamericana Highway. An express bus (Managua to Somoto) leaves the nearby Uno petrol station (300 metres to the north of the terminal) at 12.15pm and a further local bus leaves at 3pm from the terminal. Direct buses can also be taken every hour from Ocotal to Somoto.
If you have pre-booked your tour you will be met by a guide in the Somoto Bus Terminal. You will be directed to a taxi or the local bus for Los Espinos as appropriate.
Travelling by car you need to look for the way markers along the Panamericana Highway. The trailhead and the house of the Sorianos are between kilometres 230 and 231 on the north side of the roadway.
Departures:The last bus from Somoto to Estelí leaves at 5pm. The express buses leave at 2pm & 3.15pm. There is also an early morning express leaving at 7.15am. After your tour the guides will arrange taxis to the bus terminal in Somoto or to the Honduran border at Los Espinos and/or buses for you.
They can even organise and make reservations for most major tour company coaches to stop at the house of the Sorianos if you are travelling to Honduras and beyond or for guaranteed seats on the express bus returning to Estelí or Managua. Just ask even if you already have your tickets or reservation.
Homestays overnight with local families are available. We can arrange them for you. This inexpensive option gives you an insight into the campesino lifestyle in the region. Nearby hotels, such as the Hotel Colonial in Somoto, offer an urban alternative.