Nicaragua travel info
Kind of travel:
in a wholly independent travel
1st-15th June 06
How I moved:
the typical yellow steel buses are cheap, relatively clean and
they reach every corner of the country
the lowlands were quite hot and damp but still not
unbearable, while on the mountains the temperature is was fresh!!!
It rained every day, and clear days were rare.
Hostel (Hospedaje) are quite common and cheap (5-15$). In Granada,
Leon and Ometepe I found great places where to meet travellers
and enjoy the time: the best one has been the Oasis Hostel in
What I liked:
travelling by bus is easy and cheap. Ometepe is wonderful, the
off-of-the-beaten track in the mountains is another face of
the country and surfing down the Cerro Negro is SPOOKY!
What I disliked:
lack of respect of the locals to the nature, the drunk people
in the mountains, the irregular raining and the difficulty to
organise the trips to the volcanoes being alone. Moreover I
hated people who called me "white" (chelo)!!!!!!!!
I spent around 30$/day but consider I did not tight the budget.
If you are alone in the low season (June), as in my case, it
can get expensive or impossible to do the trips to the Volcanoes.
Flying out Nica from Managua is 32$ tax
Managua is not the best places where to hang around, some dodgeys
in the beach were quite interested to my bag and drunks in the
villages of the mountains were annoying. For the rest the country
looked quite safe. It seems the small Corn Island and the north-east
of the country are not safe.
I found a small umbrella very useful and the Footprint
guide of Nicaragua (2nd edition by R. Leonardi) turned
out really well done (sorry Lonely Planet, but this time you
IMPRESSIONS ABOUT NICARAGUA
sure Nicaragua doesnt enjoy the same stability and wealth
of the neighbouring Cost Rica, but its still quite a safe
country to backpack in. Therere some "not to go"
areas, but they are far even from the "off-beaten-tracks"
and the capital Managua is definitely not the place where you
wish to wander after the twilight (even before to be honest
Moreover visiting the country considering its
recent past will make your trip much more interesting than just
bathing your ass in the Caribbean Sea as you can do in several
other Central America destinations. Thats
why I think that the Nicaraguese past is itself a reason to
travel there rather than one to skip the country.
The last but not
the least, remember that Nicaragua is not just Ometepe island
and the colourful Granada!