25 Days in Central America
Replies: 7 - Last Post: May 29, 2013 10:15 AM Last Post By: StripeG1
May 27, 2013 9:24 PM
25 Days in Central AmericaHi,
I'm a 25 year old female who will be traveling solo for 25/26 days in August. I was planning on flying into Nicaragua on the 1st and then I think head south to check out San Juan del Sur (I know it is touristy but as a solo traveller who has basic Spanish that is ok). I would also make at least one stop on my way down. Then i would head back up the coast mostly and check out places like Leon.
From there I would like to bus through San Salvador and into Guatemala where I am hoping I can meet with a friend. My main question is whether this will by wayyy too much travelling in 25 maybe 26 days. I only have the month as I am taking August off before I go back to law school.
Any travel tips/advice would be great before I book this ticket.
May 28, 2013 4:22 AM
1Getting between SJDS and Leon, or along the coast, requires a lot of effort and time, so pick one or the other, or plan to go soend a lot of time getting between them.
Where in Guatemala is your friend? There direct busses between the capitals on Tica Bus or King Quality, so Managua to Guatemala City would be 2 days each way. Fly out of GC. Make sure your Open Jaw Ticket is on the same airline, so you meet the Onward Travel requirements for a given country, oneway fares on separate airlines can create issues for the departure flight out of the USA.
You could spend 7-10 days in Nicaragua, then head to Guatemala, a much richer cultural place to enjoy.
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May 28, 2013 4:34 AM
2If you don't mind spending that much time on buses, then it's not too much. It would be too much for me, though. Personally, I'd spend the whole time in Guatemala. :-) My photos with blog and travelogue links to multiple trips to Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and Mexico are on the main page of each collection are below in case you're interested - all my recommendations are embedded there. Happy trails!
May 28, 2013 7:18 AM
3there is another bus called "transporte de sol" which also travels between the capitals in central america. i have actually taken all three of them at one time or another, the main difference between them is that transporte del sol doesn't overnight in san salvador, so it is the only "direct bus". personally, i would do as poster #2 suggested and save nicaragua for another trip.
May 28, 2013 10:12 AM
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May 29, 2013 6:58 AM
6It would be very doable. I think I would go from Managua to Granada as it is very nice there and very tourist friendly. Oldest colonial city too. There are many day trip options from there too. I think you would like it better the Leon which is not really set up for tourism the way Granada is. Then go to SJDS. You would be better off sticking around the SJDS area and doing a few side trips to other beaches. I would head back inland and go spend a few days on Ometepe island. Then go back to Managua and catch a King Quality of Tica Bus and head to Guatemala. The buses really depart from Managua so you would be better off ending your Nicaragua trip there and getting a good bus.
I think the list I gave you would be the best for a single traveler though I am sure others here will say otherwise. If you want to throw in a bit of Caribbean and you have the time and money, a flight from Managua to the Corn Islands may be just the thing. Nicaragua is a really nice country to visit, don't let folks sway you from coming here. They may have never been.
May 29, 2013 10:15 AM
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