Nicaragua Summary:Note - Statistics from this visit are in bold. Overall averages for the country are given in [square brackets]. Length of Stay: 6 days [22 days] Average Cost per Day for Two People: $31.95 CAD [$31.84 CAD] Cities Visited: 4  Distance Traveled: 430 km in 7 automobiles [1209 km in 19 automobiles and 2 boats] Days Sick: 0 for Ashley, 0 for Mike [0 for Ashley, 1 for Mike] Number of Items Lost: 0 Biggest Tourist Traps: none [touts at San Juan del Sur] Exchange Rate: $1 CAD = 23 Cordobas For more great stats, check out our statistics page!
Our Route:1st trip (southbound, in blue): Honduras border - Managua – León – Las Peñitas – Granada – Isla de Ometepe (Moyogalpa, Merida) – San Juan del Sur - Costa Rica border This trip(northbound, in red): Costa Rica border - Managua - Esteli - El Tisey Reserve - Somoto - Honduras border
- Seeing my mom!!!
- Full moon lava hike at León
- Fried yuca at the market in Granada
- International Poetry Festival in Granada
- Hiking through El Tisey Reserve (and snacking on the Swiss cheese made there!)
- Cliff jumping in Somoto Canyon
- The towns of Esteli and Somoto... they helped us find that love of Nicaragua we were looking for
- The food at Hacienda Merida on Isla de Ometepe (it was exceptionally tasty, and expensive to match. The alternatives were likewise cheap, and not so delicious)
- The “typico” Nicaraguan meal from a mall food court in Managua… should have known better
- We couldn’t stay in Granada long enough to experience more than a night of the International Poetry Festival
- Troubles with chicken buses... it seems some of the "schedules" are more of a suggestion that an expectation
- Nicaragua is supposed to be the poorest country in Central America, but we didn’t really get that impression… there were a lot of cars everywhere we went.
- We had heard Nicaragua would be cheap. While the prices were definitely reasonable, it wasn’t as cheap as we were expecting.
- There is good cheese to be had in Central America... you just have to go to the middle of nowhere to find it!
- Travelling quickly through a country makes it difficult to fall in love with a place. We easily could have spent more time at nearly every town we were in, but were limited by our visas.
- If your gut tells you to go somewhere because it sounds like your cup of tea, trust it. It likely will be.
- Always reapply sunscreen after playing in the surf. Ouch!
Nicaragua Journal - Where Did We Spend Our Time?For a detailed summary of each of the cities on our first trip through Nicaragua, check our original roundup. Managua - 1 night León - 2 nights Las Peñitas - 2 nights Granada - 3 nights Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe - 1 night Merida, Isla de Ometepe - 3 nights San Juan del Sur - 4 nights Managua - 1 night Again, Managua was just a layover on our way to other destinations. We crashed here for a night and started out early the next morning. Esteli - 1 night We really enjoyed walking around the town of Esteli and people watching here. This was our home base for our trip to El Tisey Reserve. El Tisey Reserve - 2 nights We took a chicken bus out to the Eco-Posada at the reserve and rented a private cabin. It was really beautiful here and we hiked around much of the area. We probably could have spent more time, but alas we had to move on. Somoto - 2 nights We splurged on a tour to Somoto Canyon that included hiking, swimming in the canyon and cliff jumping. It was an incredible day spent in a stunning environment!