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Old 16 Mar 2011
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Go to Costa Rica tomorrow? Aduana problema

Hey guys. I am currently in Leon, Nicaragua. I have been here for 2 months tomorrow studying Spanish and digging the vibe. After 30 days, I needed to go to the aduana in Managua to get a 30 day extension, which was a buck a day, $30 total. I then had to return at least a day later (i went back a few days later) to get the actual paperwork. Today, 1 day before my extension expires, I went back to the aduana. I was informed that only one extension was allowed (this is contrary to what I was told the last time) and that I would have to leave the country for 2 days before I could return and have my bike legally in the country! Otherwise, a $100 fine will be imposed when I leave the country.
I was headed south anyway, but I was planning on spending a couple of weeks in Granada, the Ometepe islands, and San Juan del Sur. Without getting into too much boring detail, I had a really good and well thought out basic itinerary laid out, which would allow me to see and do everything I wanted to, and still keep a commitment to meet someone in San Jose on April 6th. Having to leave for Costa Rica tomorrow (I know, poor me!) seriously changes some things, and if I go tomorrow I will eventually end up having to cut some things out of my plans.
The way I see it, I can either:

A. Do what they say and keep heading south (don't want to because will miss some things)
B. Do what they say and return back to Nicaragua in a couple of days (don't know if the time and costs involved in the extra border crossings are worth it).
C. Say "f*** it", do my thing, and eat the fine (and risk some other fines or punishments I may not know about). $100 is a bit much for me to just drop on something I can avoid. I had a similar problem in Baja a few months ago, and these $100 fines add up!

I sometimes have a habit of asking opinions of others on here of things that are ultimately a personal choice. I realize that is the case here. But it would still be great to have some insight into my situation, and maybe find some things out from you guys I wasn't aware of that will ultimately help me to decide what to do. Also, I posted on ADVrider as well.

By the way, I'm leaning towards "C".
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siempre escucha al buen consejo

hola brecchi
no parece tan dificil.es un caso de solo hacer la cuenta.cruzar la frontera no cuesta ni 40$ y liberia no es tan mala una ciudad o el arenal tampoco tan malo un destino por un par de dias.
all the best geri
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Thanks Geri, I made into Costa Rica today, currently in Liberia :-)
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