Ok. I hope I remember this correctly. Bec and I left the hostel in San Salvador at about 8am on Tuesday morning. We caught a taxi to the bus station where immediately after stepping out of the taxi were hasled by people trying to get us onto different buses. We asked how much to San Miguel and were told $3USD. We were then directed to a bus which we boarded. About 20 minutes into the journey they guy comes around to collect money and we were told it was $5USD. We debated a bit about the price and he said that it was a different bus that was $3USD. We payed. At San Miguel we then swapped to another bus to Santa Rosa De Lima which cost $1USD to the border of Honduras to the town of El Amatillo. We crossed the border without any issues. We then hopped on another bus to Choluteca ($0.50USD) where we swapped again for another to San Marcos de Colon ($2USD). This leg was just starting to get horrible. It was bloody hot by now and we were just sitting there saturated from sweat. We arrived in San Marcos at around 4.30pm and the border between Honduras and Nicuagua closes at 5 so we decided to stay here for the night. Up the next morning to catch the shuttle to the Honduras / Nicaraqua border (El Espino) ($0.80USD) where we also had to pay $7USD for the privilage of entering Nicaragua. From there onto another bus to Somoto ($0.50USD) where we swapped to another for Esteli ($1.25USD).
Once in Estali we went to the Gallery of Heroes and Martyrs museum which was the main reason for going to Estali. This is a small tin building which housed photos of all the men, women and boys who were killed from Estali as well as stories and articles on the Nicaraguan civil war. This was very eye opening and close to tears in some parts. Many of the killed were under 20 years old, with some as young as 15. The museum is run by mothers of the killed. I had no idea about this history and so glad I saw this. In typical fashion the USA had their fingers in most of the crap that Nicaragua has gone through.
Things have really settled down now in Nicaragua but the people are still very vocal about their political situation. The people here are so friendly and it is really heartbreaking to know what they have recently gone through. This is also the poorest country in Central America.
If you are at all interested in reading a little more, the following link goes through the turbulent history of Nicaragua. It's amazing how much involvement there was from the USA.