Those on a budget will be glad to know that, with a little advance planning, you can cross the two of the main borders between Mexico and Guatemala on your own and for a fraction of the price offered on private shuttles.
Rivas bus terminal is one of the few that we've encountered where there are a number of groups consistently trying to rip-off backpackers. So, here's our guide to getting from San Juan del Sur to Ometepe by bus and boat without getting scammed in Rivas.
Here is our guide on how you can avoid paying inflated tourist bus or boat fees and cross a border how it should be done: on your own and with local transport only!
Looking to make a break for El Salvador, but can't afford the shuttle bus on your tight budget? Here's our guide on how to reach El Tunco from Guatemala, without breaking the bank.