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Driving Directions

Driving Directions from Managua Airport

Directions via Ochomogo

Coming out of the MGA airport, turn RIGHT onto Carretera Norte. At the first rotunda go STRAIGHT.

At the second rotunda turn RIGHT – onto a paved  tree lined road.

You will pass large white tanks along the right side of the road. After about 7K there will be another intersection – stay RIGHT – turning onto a main road going toward Masaya. You will soon pass a large manufacturing plant called ASTRO.

You will come to a T-junction with a sign that says Masaya and Granada  –  This is a divided 4-lane highway Carretera Masaya. There can also be police here directing traffic. TURN LEFT going toward Masaya & Granada.

Soon after turning left you will pass a Papa Johns Pizza on your left.

At the next rotunda – continue STRAIGHT through.  Do not turn right or left yet.

At the next rotunda – TURN RIGHT  –  There is a large Purina Dog Chow factory on the left hand side.  Continue STRAIGHT.  You are now heading toward CATARINA on a  paved 2-lane road and gaining slight altitude.  There is always slow moving traffic here.  Be careful of passing vehicles here as there are always police and fast approaching traffic coming down the hill.

You will soon pass through Catarina, a small town noted for its plants and flowers.  You will come to a traffic circle.  Go through the traffic circle do not go right.  You will then go past the small town San Juan de Oriente,  noted for its artisian pottery, and then  pass small towns of Diria and Diriomo.

Stay on this road heading toward NANDAIME.  You will be approaching Volcan Mombocho and will come to a Y  traffic triangle – bear RIGHT.

You will take this road  which will lead you to the Pan American highway.  Soon you  will come to another Y traffic triangle .  Go LEFT heading toward NANDAIME.  This is the Pan American highway.  This would be a good time to get gas.

Follow the Pan-American Highway south toward RIVAS… But remember you will be taking the short cut on the Ochomogo Road and not continuing on to Rivas.

About 16K  past NANDAIME, you will cross over the PUENTA OCHOMOGO BRIDGE. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn right down a small hill and onto a dirt road. You will see a sign for Punta Teonaste.

You will stay straight on this road for about 9K and then turn left.

After turning onto this road on your right you will see a yellow church.  Further down, the road will see a yellow & white wooden fence. You will be on this section of road for about 4K before you come to a Y intersection.  Bear RIGHT at this junction and follow the Punta Teonaste sign.

Continue to stay right you will pass thru a couple of small  villages.  This part of your journey will take about 45 minutes. You know you are getting close to Soma when you come to a steel bridge.

Continue across  the bridge for about 5-7 minutes on a semi gravel road and you will see  a sign for Soma. Hang a right on the dirt road and follow the Soma signs all the way to the end.   Congratulations, you have made it!!

 


Driving Directions from Managua Airport

Directions via Rivas

Coming out of the MGA airport, turn RIGHT onto Carretera Norte. At the first rotunda go STRAIGHT.

At the second rotunda turn RIGHT – onto a paved  tree lined road.

You will pass large white tanks along the right side of the road. After about 7K there will be another intersection – stay RIGHT – turning onto a main road going toward Masaya. You will soon pass a large manufacturing plant called ASTRO.

You will come to a T-junction with a sign that says Masaya and Granada  –  This is a divided 4-lane highway Carretera Masaya. There can also be police here directing traffic. TURN LEFT going toward Masaya & Granada.

Soon after turning left you will pass a Papa Johns Pizza on your left.

At the next rotunda – continue STRAIGHT through.  Do not turn right or left yet.

At the next rotunda – TURN RIGHT  –  There is a large Purina Dog Chow factory on the left hand side.  Continue STRAIGHT.  You are now heading toward CATARINA on a  paved 2-lane road and gaining slight altitude.  There is always slow moving traffic here.  Be careful of passing vehicles here as there are always police and fast approaching on-coming traffic coming down the hill.

You will soon pass through Catarina, a small town noted for its plants and flowers.  You will come to a traffic circle.  Go through the traffic circle do not go right.  You will then go past the small town San Juan de Oriente,  noted for its artisian pottery, and then soon pass the small towns of Diria and Diriomo.

Stay on this road heading toward NANDAIME.  You will be approaching Volcan Mombocho and will come to a Y  traffic triangle – bear RIGHT.

You will take this road  which will lead you to the Pan American highway.  Soon you  will come to another Y traffic triangle .  Go LEFT heading toward NANDAIME.  This is the Pan American highway.  This would be a good time to get gas.

Continue on the Pan American highway go pass the PUENTA OCHOMOGO BRIDGE and continue South toward Rivas.  It is about 45 K.  You know you are getting close when you start seeing small businesses, and fruit stands along the roadside.   You will turn RIGHT at the first concrete “paver” road you see which also has many signs for resorts.  Turn RIGHT at the next intersection you come to, which is a paved road.  You are now heading to Tola.

You will be on a paved road with 5 speeds bumps between Rivas and Tola so be careful!  In about 15 minutes you will come to a one-way bridge which is just on the outskirts of Tola .  Cross the bridge and you will now be entering the town of Tola.  Continue STRAIGHT.  Once you pass the main square with the central park on your right  turn LEFT,  go two blocks and turn RIGHT on to another concrete “paver” road.  This road will take you all the way to Soma and will take about 45 minutes.  It is in the process of being “pavered” and the pavers will eventually end and once again become a dirt road.  You will pass several American communities including  Guacalito de la Isla, Iguana, and Rancho Santana.  After you pass Rancho Santana you will come to a small Y intersection stay to the left and follow the Punta Teonaste signs.  You will pass through several small villages and eventually come to a T-junction at the top of a small hill. Here is  a steel bridge.  Turn LEFT at the bridge

You will continue  for about 5-7 minutes on a semi gravel road and will soon see a sign for Soma on the right hand side of the road next to brightly colored building. Hang a right on the dirt road and follow the Soma signs all the way to the end.  Congratulations, you have made it!!

 


Directions from Rivas to Tola to Soma

Continue straight on the Pan American highway pass the PUENTA OCHOMOGO BRIDGE and continue South toward Rivas.  It is about 45 K.  You know you are getting close when you start seeing small businesses, and fruit stands along the roadside.   You will turn RIGHT at one of the first concrete paver street you see which also has many signs for resorts.  Turn RIGHT at the next intersection you come to, which is a paved road.  You are now heading to Tola.

You will be on a paved road with 5 speeds bumps between Rivas and Tola so be careful!  In about 15 minutes you will come to a one-way bridge which is just on the outskirts of Tola .  Cross the bridge and you will now be entering the town of Tola.  Continue STRAIGHT.  Once you pass the main square with the central park on your right  turn LEFT  go two blocks and turn RIGHT on to another concrete paver road.  This road will take you all the way to Soma and will take about 45 minutes.  It is in the process of being “pavered” and the pavers will eventually end and once again become a dirt road.  You will pass several American communities including  Guacalito de La Isla, Iguana, and Rancho Santana.  After you pass Rancho Santana you will come to a small Y intersection stay to left and follow the Punta Teonaste signs.  You will pass through several small villages and eventually come to a T intersection at the top of a small hill. Here is  a steel bridge.  Turn LEFT at the bridge

You will continue  for about 5-7 minutes on a semi gravel road and will soon see a sign for Soma on the right hand side of the road next to brightly colored building. Hang a right on the dirt road and follow the Soma signs all the way to the end.  Congratulations, you have made it!!

 

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