Itinerary help - confused about roads
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 12:01 PM Last Post By: soniaberode
Feb 20, 2013 8:56 AM
Itinerary help - confused about roadsHi folks,
I'm planning a trip to Nicaragua this summer and would like some help with my itinerary.
I would like to visit:
3. Islas de Olmetepe
4. Sabalos Jungle Lodge on the Rio San Juan
5. Little Corn Island
Here's my question:
How do I string these spots together in a sequence that makes sense? The lonely planet Nica has an itinerary that shows a road between the jungle and the coast, but when I look at google maps, the road isnt' there. It looks like I've have to go back to Mangua/Grenada 2 or 3 times to catch a plane/bus.
I will have 17 days on the ground in Nicaragua. I haven't bought tickets yet, but I'll be travelling from NYC, and I expect to arrive/depart Managua in the late afternoon. I haven't bought my airline ticket yet, and could easy get an open jaw ticket and ending/starting my trip out of Liberia or San Jose in Costa Rica. I'd like to stick to public transportation as amuch as possilble.
Thanks in advance for everyone's input!
Feb 20, 2013 4:23 PM
Feb 21, 2013 4:45 AM
2Thanks. Can I get to little Corn or Sabalos using public transportation. The Corn Islands look hard to get to.
Feb 21, 2013 5:27 AM
3I would go to Granada, bus to Rivas, taxi to San Jorge, ferry to Ometepe. Overnight ferry from Altagracia on Ometepe to San Carlos. Boat to Sabalos (there is a fast boat at 10:30 am and lots of slow boats, not sure if there is more than one fast boat a day). Back to San Carlos. Fly to Managua. Taxi to UCA and bus to Leon.
Have not been to Corn islands but I think flying there from Managua would be your only option if you only have 17 days. I think Granada, Ometepe, Rio San Juan and Leon (+ beaches) would be a great trip.
Feb 21, 2013 5:34 AM
4At a recent conference in Nica a government tourism official said that a through road to Bluefields was being built "soon". In the interim flying to/from Managua is still the best bet.
The Sabalos Lodge website shows ways to get to San Carlos by bus or boat.
I would skip Corn Islands and then plan to visit Leon either at the beginning or end of your trip.
Feb 21, 2013 8:42 AM
5I'd also skip corn island. I was there 2 years ago, little corn has a cool backpacker vibe and it's pretty but the beach/island itself doesn't begin to hold a candle to the islands of South East Asia (if you've been). Actually the nicest beach is on big corn which has a totally different vibe than I suspect you're looking for. I had a month in Nicaragua 2 years ago and don't think I could have fit your itinerary in.
If you do want to fit everything in I think you will need to go back and forth quite a bit. Maybe the most sense would be:
Fly into Managua -> Leon (this city is awesome, spend some time here)
Leon -> back to Managua -> Fly to Corn Islands
Fly back from Corn Islands to Managua -> Granada
Use Granada as your base from here on out it's nicer... (follow suggestions in #3)
Feb 21, 2013 3:15 PM
6Thanks for everyone's advice. It sounds like skipping the corn islands is a good idea.
This itinerary might be more realistic:
Fly into Managua -> Leon
Leon -> Granada
Granada->Ometepe (bus to Rivas, taxi to San Jorge, ferry to Ometepe)
Altagracia on Ometepe -> San Carlos (overnight ferry from Altagracia) -> Boat to Sabalos
Boat Sabalos -> San Carlos -> Ometepe -> Granada-> Managua.
That last leg looks really unpleasant. Will I save money by taking the slow route instead of flying? Would it make sense to fly out of Liberia or San Jose in Costa Rica instead?
Thanks for your help.
Feb 22, 2013 6:15 AM
7Flying would cost around $70 and takes 50 minutes (supposed to be beautiful too). The same route back (ferry, boat, buses) would probably cost under $20 but it would be a drag to do all that again (I wouldn't have wanted to). You can also take a bus in San Carlos to Managua, that will take 8 hours or so (would cost under $10).
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