Bienvenidos a Costa Rica

border

The border crossing between Nicaragua and Costa Rica at Peñas Blancas is busy and slow.  We arrived in the morning and lined up alongside hundreds of Nicaraguan migrant workers.  Two and a half hours spent waiting in line to leave Nicaragua and another three waiting to enter Costa Rica was complicated by a power outage.  And every so often the guard monitoring the line would rearrange its positioning and a mad dash to the new front of the line would leave Carlos and I standing in a cloud of dust further back than we had been just minutes before, our frustrations building.  Our lengthiest border crossing to date, we finally made it across around 4 p.m., nearly 6 hours after we first arrived in Peñas Blancas.

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