Rough itinerary review - 8 nights - Ometepe, Granada and Leon
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Feb 26, 2013 10:14 AM Last Post By: flyingfrequently
Dec 18, 2012 2:50 PM
Rough itinerary review - 8 nights - Ometepe, Granada and LeonRough itinerary review:
12/27 - 1/4 (8 nights)
Must do activities:
Will have rental car for easy transportation.
27 - Arrive @ noon in Managua, drive to San Jorge, leave car parked and ferry to Isla de Ometepe (don't know where to stay here nor if I can get to it if I arrive around sundown)
28 - Isla de Ometepe
29 - Isla de Ometepe
30 - Isle de Ometepe ferry to San Jorge in morning, drive to Granada
31 - Granada
1 - Granada to Leon in morning (go surfing this day along way?)
2 - Volcano surf on Cerro Negro
3 - Leon and return to Managua for night
4 - Return flight in morning
Should I spend the most time in Isla de Ometepe?
When should I fit in surfing, and where? I have read to surf as a day trip from Leon, and forget about SJDS
I would appreciate feedback on this plan, and let me know if I'm completely missing something along the way!
Dec 18, 2012 4:37 PM
1Could I make a few suggestions?
You say you arrive in Managua noontime. I presume by air? And you are getting a car to leave in San Jorge? Why? Kind of an expensive way to get there. How about putting Granada as your first stop, since it is nearer to Managua when you arrive and might be tired from your travels (or the flight could arrive late). You could make a fresh start either by bus or shuttle to Rivas/San Jorge early....there is also an infrequent boat to Altagracia on Ometepe from Granada (but that is for someone with more time, I think). Your first night you could stroll down the Calzada in Granada and have a romantic dinner, soak up the colonial historical atmosphere and rest early. And it is no place to try parking a car.
When you take the ferry from San Jorge over to Ometepe, you will arrive within walking distance to a few hotels or you could go further on the island to nicer ones. The ferry ride over is beautiful. It's a special place.
I hope that you have a wonderful trip. Granada, Ometepe and Leon- three beautiful places.
Dec 18, 2012 8:24 PM
2That sounds good, but as the person above me said, you might get a little more out of doing Granada first. It's so close to Managua.
I think you're right to reserve the most time for Ometepe. Stay hydrated because you're going to need a lot of energy. My biggest regret is skipping out on Ometepe because I just wanted to relax a few days longer instead....never made it out there.
I don't know anything about surfing near Leon.
Dec 18, 2012 9:00 PM
Dec 19, 2012 4:48 AM
Dec 19, 2012 6:57 AM
5I'll have a rental car because the rate is only $2X/day. I enjoy having wheels at my command, and the freedom to stop and look at things along the way. I enjoyed having a rental car in Costa Rica. Is dealing with a rental car really that bad? I don't mind the rental cost to be able to go wherever I want whenever.
I could do Managua first. The drive from Managua to San Jorge is 1:40 by Google Maps. Ferries run regularly with the last departure at 5:30 PM. It seems possible, but maybe a short trip into Grenada would be more relaxing to start off. Thanks.
Thanks for the tip on booking ahead for the volcano surfing.
Any suggestions on a surf spot while avoiding SJDS (according to others recommendations)?
Dec 19, 2012 8:14 AM
7Of course, how you travel is your personal choice. You are renting a car that you won't bring to Ometepe (thank goodness) and may find a pain to park in Granada and Leon. And will pay for the days you can't use it. Just something to consider. I don't mean to be a "nervous nelly" type but also be aware that if you are involved in an accident you might be staying in Nicaragua longer than you had planned. I know someone who slightly dented someone else's already beat up car and had the choice of paying thousands of dollars or waiting months for the court case to come up. The police were very eager to settle this out of court, for a large sum of money. They can be really helpful that way when they see a foreigner driving.
But I understand time is short for your trip. My opinion would be not to try to fit more in. Hope that you have a great time.
Dec 19, 2012 8:35 AM
Dec 19, 2012 7:14 PM
9Yeah, and I hate to be "Debbie Downer" on the forum as Nicaragua is a great place and most visits are joyful. But people lose sight of the fact that if you get into any type of trouble with the police (and some are looking for an excuse to interact with "rich" visitors) that at the very least they take your passport until it is straightened out. The court system is slow and backed up. You could be totally in the right and the judge will side with you but you will stay in the country till your day in court. So it is important to stay off the police radar if you can.
Personally, I've had no problem
Edited by: RobertoGustavo
Dec 20, 2012 4:19 AM
Feb 26, 2013 10:14 AM
11How did this trip turn out? I have a similar itinerary going for 3 March-12 March. We land at 1:25am on Sunday, the 3rd. I am guessing we will have to stay in Mangua, since it will be so late. Wanted to know whether to head toward Leon or Granada first....we definitely want to get in "volcano surfing" and actual surfing as well, so I was thinking of heading toward Leon first, in case we don't make it out to Granada and Ometepe. Does this sound like a practical idea?
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