Itinerary – Nicaragua
Dec 19, 2015, 3:32 PM
Even though I have been reading this forum for days, I am still having trouble planning. I wish there was an interactive map that would tell me exactly what each town or area has to offer when I touch it with a stylus !!! I am not worried about the distance or form of transport because we will rent a car, but can someone please LIST the names of the town/area and then write what each one has to offer or what they are most popular for? That way, I can pick exactly what we like to do or not like to do and then plan our route accordingly. I know this my be a daunting request but if it can be thoroughly and correctly done, it will be a great informative read. T.I.A.
elportonverde Managua, Nicaragua Level Contributor 679 posts 17 reviews 1.
Dec 19, 2015, 5:37 PM
Greetings farmerswife1: Okay, I’ll give it a shot…
- Managua – flights in and out internationally and nationally, i.e. Corn Island, history of the Revolution, shopping/dining/entertainment, day trips to beaches, hiking/nature (El Chocoyero/La Bruja Nature Reserve & Masaya Volcano, Laguna de Apoyo, etc.
- Granada – Colonial architecture, Las Isletas (boat/kayak tours of little islands on Lake Nicaragua), near Mombacho Volcano (hiking) and Laguna de Apoyo (swimming, kayaking, SUP boarding)
- Masaya – Some Colonial architecture, artisan shopping, hiking/nature (Masaya Volcano/Laguna de Apoyo), near interesting villages (Pueblos Blancos)
- Leon – Colonial architecture, Cerro Negro and Telica volcanos (hiking and volcano boarding), not far from Las Peñitas and Poneloya beaches
- Ometepe – Hiking, Kayaking, Nature (Island on Lake Nicaragua with two volcanoes)
- San Juan del Sur – Beaches, Surfing, Partying
- Esteli – Cigars & tobacco, Hiking/Nature (Somoto Canyon and Miraflor Nature Reserve)
- Matagalpa – Coffee, chocolate and forests, fresh climate, Hiking/Nature (Cerro Apante/Selva Negra)
This is just the major towns that are on the radar for most first-time visitors to Nicaragua. Additional areas include:
- Rio San Juan – nature/hiking/boating (Los Guatuzos Nature Reserve, Solentiname Islands, other areas)
- Tola, Rivas – beaches/surfing without the party scene
- much more!
I suppose this is a good idea, having an interactive map that on rollover shows the main activities that can happen at that location. In doing an Internet search, I can’t find any, although it would be a great idea to have one!
If you have any other places to add to this short list, please let us know in the comments below!