Rough Nicaragua Itinerary?
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 5:30 AM Last Post By: Gridiron
Dec 8, 2012 9:51 AM
Rough Nicaragua Itinerary?Here's what I've come up with so far as a rough guesstimate of where to go and when. Please provide your feedback, travel experts. :-)
12:15 am – arrive in Managua... Stay in hotel for night --- Hotel Mozonte or La Pyramide
Following morning: Use Paxeos to get to Granada @ 10:30 am (is there a better/easier way to get to there without having to go back to the airport?)
3 or 4 nights in Granada – Hotel Alhambra? Hotel Casa Capricho? I would like to be centrally located or at least within decent walking distance to sights, markets, etc.
3 or 4 nights on Ometepe… Hospedaje Soma in Moyogalpa or Villa Paraiso in Santo Domingo… thoughts? Which village has more to do and see? Safer? Etc.
Also, I read somewhere that from Granada to Ometepe, the boats only go on Mondays and Thursdays… is this true? If so, that’s a major wrench in my plan as I am traveling those cities Tuesday-the following Wednesday. Granada would be a rush if I did Ometepe that Thursday, and vice versa if I did Ometepe the following Monday… and then flying home 1am that Wednesday.
Is Leon worth squeezing in? Am I not leaving enough time (or setting aside too much) for any one city? Should I add another destination?
SJDS – I am not much of a beach person, and probably won’t be swimming anyways because of being a solo traveler – not comfortable leaving my stuff on beach unattended, obviously – and don’t like leaving valuables in hotel. Is this still a “must see” despite that being said?
I know I may be asking redundant questions and I apologize in advance – however, everyone travels with different intentions and has their own preferences so maybe this put together, responses will make more sense for my circumstances. 24 y/o female traveling alone with minimal Spanish. Gracias.
Dec 8, 2012 9:53 AM
1One thing I didn't mention, I've contacted both hotels in Managua and their prices are nearly identical. One is $48+tax and $20 for transportation from airport and agreed to pick me up at an odd hour, and the other is $50+tax plus $15 for transportation - same thing, willing to pick me up after midnight.
Dec 8, 2012 11:16 AM
2I would scale back Granada 1 night, and stay longer on Ometepe personally. A lace with a pool in Granada is nice, its hot as hell there.
SJDS not a fan of...bunch gringos and a shitte non tropical feel town, head to Leon and hit the beach as a day trip from there.
Dec 8, 2012 11:27 AM
3Hotel Mozonte and La Pyramide are both relatively close by taxi to The UCA bus stop and a much cheaper microbus to Granada. The prices look good for the quality of these hotels. They both get good reviews. La Pyramide might be closer to UCA.
I have stayed at the Hotel Alhambra and it is quite nice. A room with a balcony overlooking Parque Central as I recall.
If the boat from Granada to Ometepe does not fit your schedule go to the ferry in San Jorge.
Leon is a colonial much like Granada but with a very different undercurrent. I would go to Leon before I would go to San Juan del Sur if time made me choose. Without sounding too condescending there are a lot of sort of shabby beach destinations around the world but not many Leons
Dec 8, 2012 11:57 AM
4Leon is a colonial much like Granada but with a very different undercurrent. I would go to Leon before I would go to San Juan del Sur if time made me choose. Without sounding too condescending there are a lot of sort of shabby beach destinations around the world but not many Leons
Well said Paul....
Dec 8, 2012 12:04 PM
5You all rock. So would Managua for first night (to sleep essentially), to Leon for 2 nights, to Granada for 2, and Ometepe for the remainder be an OK time frame to work with?
How easy is transportation from Managua to Leon and Leon to Granada? From what you've all said, Leon > San Juan del Sur. Leon sounds much more appealing. Agreed, I can beach it anywhere.
Dec 8, 2012 12:05 PM
Dec 8, 2012 1:06 PM
7Hotel Colonial is very nice, but about $100 night I think....one of the old grand daddies there is a lovely terrace and bar on the parque, nice hand made wood and leather rocking chairs, fans, spanish tile floors and wood plank ceilings, a rum with a twist at sunset as the birds chirp away....life is good....
Dec 8, 2012 1:27 PM
8You can move easily between Leon-Managua-Granada through UCA which was established for university students and is much easier to navigate than the large bus terminals Mayoreo, Huembes and Lewites.
Dec 8, 2012 2:40 PM
9Solo....sounds AMAZING. A bit out of my comfort in cost though. It being a 8/9 night trip, (I say that because technically it's 9 but really I fly out at 1am..) I am trying to keep hotel costs down without compromising on character/location/hot water - hehe. Good to know on the UCA - I'll look into it.
Update, I locked down reservations at La Pyramide in Managua for first night and the staff has already responded and said they'd try to hold down the room I said I really liked, and confirmed pick up from airport. Happy traveler.
Thinking maybe staying second night in Leon at Sonati and doing volcano boarding the following day, and maybe staying elsewhere in Leon a bit closer to Parque Central? Any suggestions on that one?
Then following day, probably head to Granada for a couple nights, and finally off to Ometepe. Any Ometepe suggestions that are preferably $60 or less per night, in close proximities to hustle and bustle?
Dec 8, 2012 2:40 PM
Dec 8, 2012 2:51 PM
11As long as I'm chiming in here. I have stayed here and would recommend.
Ometepe: The Landing http://www.thelandinghotel.com/ Honestly I have not stayed there yet but I know the owner John Tansey from his days in Costa Rica and anyplace he is associated with must be good.
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