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Playa El Gigante Travel Report


Planning to travel to Nicaragua in 2022?  Learn from those that make the trip often.  There are many things that can go wrong without proper preparation.  Even if you are prepared there is a lot of information that is hard to find and no one will tell you before you start planning.   Don’t let this keep you up at night, we’ve got your back.  Read our NICARAGUA 2022 AIR TRAVEL GUIDE  before you start planning your trip so everything goes smoothly for your arrival to Managua Airport (MGA)


Driving to Playa El Gigante is not a difficult task and you can make the entire trip with a compact car.    You won’t need a 4×4.   The roads to and from El Gigante are all paved and well maintained if you are coming from Rivas.   

If driving from MGA or Northern Nicaragua we recommend not driving through Popoyo but driving to Rivas and then to El Gigante.   

The roads in and from Popoyo are rough dirt road.   Unless you have a truck or All Terain Vehicle with a very good suspension you will llikley regret not going through the smoother roads from Rivas.


A Taxi Ride from MGA to Playa El Gigante will usually take about 3 hours pending there is no traffic.   If you are traveling anytime from 1 pm to 5 pm you can expect the trip may take another 20 – 30 minutes due to Managua traffic.

Generally, if you get a Taxi from the airport expect to pay around $100 – $150. 

But we want to hook up our Vacation Angel visitors.  So we got ya covered.   

We have contacts with local drivers that can take you one way for around $50 – $60 during the day and $80 – $120 at night time.  

No Charge.   We’re happy to help.   Contact me and ill hook you up.




From Managua, there are busses that will travel to and from El Gigante.  You will regularly hear them honking loudly as they approach their next stop to notify locals waiting for the bus. 
This method of travel is very cheap but is not very efficient.    Busses are usually infrequent and take a long time due to their many stops.  You will also need to make a couple of transfers on this journey to El Transito   Trips have been known to take up to 4 or 6 hours.    For this reason, we do not recommend taking public transit.   

Drive to El Gigante

Take a 2 minute time warp drive from Playa Popoyo to El Gigante. 

– Adjust video speed and resolution on the settings wheel

Take a 1 minute time warp of the final stretch of road to reach Playa El Gigante.  Each second of the video is 10 seconds in real-time. 

– Adjust video speed and resolution on the settings wheel


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