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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 01, 2016
Buying coffee beans  (6 Answers)

I've bought great coffee beans in Guatemala at Lake Atitlan, but where do I buy good ones in Nicaragua? I will be in Leon, San Juan del Sur.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 21, 2015
Getting from airport to Leon  (1 Answer)

Hey guys! Travelling solo through Nicaragua from late nov - mid december. Arriving at the airport in the afternnon and am wondering what the best/safest way is to get from the airport to Leon? Should I hire a cab to get me to the UCA and then get on a bus to Leon? Or would it be better to just a hire a company like paxeos? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 11, 2015
Meet people on solo trip  (3 Answers)

I am 38, female, traveling alone, and I want to (1) stay active (biking, kayaking, SUP, hiking, etc) and (2) meet other people my age to hang out with and (lightly) party. I am interested in the Corn Islands and Ometepe, and Matagalpa. Really if I had a companion, I'd probably want to spend more time in the Cloud Forests and go to Jiquilillo, but I think it may be too isolated to do alone... just guessing, and I do want to check out the Caribbean vibe. I'm from New Orleans and really do not like super touristy set-ups... and I don't want to hang out with only 20-year-olds. Any suggestions on places (from towns to individual businesses) to stay (hostels with a mix of ages is ideal)?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 03, 2015
traveling by bus in Nicaragua  (4 Answers)

I want to visit Nicaragua for 7 days, is it easy to travel by bus from one city to another?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 24, 2015
Travelling  (1 Answer)

Hey there, is it possible to travel to Hacienda Iguana (near Panga Drops) by public transport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 26, 2015
Nicaragua  (5 Answers)

How do I get to San Juan del sur NICARAGUA ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 24, 2015
Bus travel San Jorge to San Carlos  (3 Answers)

Is there daily bus travel from San Jorge to San Carlos? I will be on Ometepe and want to go to San Carlos, down the Río San Juan and return to Granada. Are buses frequent, daily?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 31, 2014
Nicaragua Route- Advice Anyone??  (10 Answers)

I am travelling to Nicaragua mid January, solo female,my flight arrives late so I have arranged hotel with pickup in Managua and I plan on doing the typical gringo trail.My question is this - do I
-A- stay overnight in Managua,next day take microbus from UCA to Leon (safe?) then make my way to Grenada , Omepete, SJDS .... or
-B- when I arrive at airport go straight to Grenada to overnight,then do Omepete, SJDS, Leon........also keep in mind I want to hit up Corn islands and wasn't sure when I should do that....right away after arriving or later on in trip?I have 28 days total to burn.
Thanx Aimee

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 30, 2014
Finalizing seven-night itin, thoughts please  (3 Answers)

My husband and I will be travelling to Nicaragua for one week in March - arriving midday on a Saturday and leaving midday the following Saturday - six full days/seven nights total.

We are trying to come up with an itinerary so that we can book accommodations in advance. We would definitely like to stay in León, hike a nearby volcano and either do a day trip to Las Peñitas or possibly stay there for one night. We are also interested in several sights around Granada, but we are not interested in Granada itself at all. We've done a lot of reading and based on our past travel experience, it doesn't sound like somewhere we need/want to spend any time in.

Here is exactly what we would like to do:

Around Granada

- Kayak around Las Isletas

- Go for a dip and relax in Laguna de Apoyo

- Visit Volcán Mombacho and do one of the hikes

León and Around

- Explore the city, see the cathedral and art gallery

- Relax in the city (cool bars/cafes)

- Hike/day trip to one of the nearby volcanoes

- Get a good amount of beach time at Las Peñitas (try surfing lessons, relax on beach)

- Possibly stay one night at Las Peñitas to be able to fully relax and enjoy the sunset

Given the time that we have (7 nights, 6 full days, and two half days), how would you suggest we split up our time? How long will we need in Granada to see those specific things? Should we use Granada as a base or should we be staying somewhere else, possibly at one of the accommodations at Laguna de Apoyo?

We want this to be more of a mellow trip so don't want to spend all of our time moving between destinations (even knowing that the distances aren't long).

Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 27, 2014
Travelling Nica alone  (1 Answer)

Hey there,

I'm travelling Nicaragua alone from January to March 2015..
I'm 26 y/o, female, and pretty new to travelling. I'm laidback, want to hit up Granada, Leon, and Ometepe Island, hike some volcanos and choose the most cost efficient way. Would love to travel with someone around my age for a bit. Any me at [email]

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 18, 2014
Leon to Granada, Nicaragua  (5 Answers)

What is the best way to travel from Leon to Granada? I understand that the bus goes via Managua, which seems a long way round. I have asked about a private shuttle, but it is very expensive. We are 2 people and will be travelling in January.
Also interested in advice about travel from Granada to San Jose, in Costa Rica.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 01, 2014
Car or Foot?  (1 Answer)

Hey Guys,

I am traveling to Nicaragua for three weeks (oct 10th to nov 1) but arriving/leaving from Liberia Costa Rica. Do you think it will be a better experience to travel by foot or rent a car? I will be alone for the first week and with a brother for the following two weeks. We plan on surfing a lot, volcano hiking and chilling.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 25, 2014
Accomedation  (3 Answers)

We, Henriet Richard and Julius 6 years old from The Netherlands are planning our holliday 2015.
Nicaragua is also on our wichlist.
We are looking for accomedation all over Nicaragua . we want to do a round trip 28 days.
A little hut, stay with a family, even a hammock ect ect no problem as long as it is hygienic/clean and safe.
Also ideas about what ti see and do are welcome.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 15, 2014
sports headlamps in managua

where can I buy a high-lumen sports headlamp in Managua?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2014
Visitor safety  (5 Answers)

Are there any travel adviseries due health and wellfare of visiters

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 25, 2014
Traveling in the Fall  (3 Answers)

Hi there, new to the community and looking for some insight. I'm planning on visiting Nicaragua in the fall and was wondering if anyone had any advice for things to look for/avoid. Help is much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 24, 2014
cheap hotel leon  (3 Answers)

cheap accomodation

leon nicaragua

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 02, 2014
country hopping  (3 Answers)

Does any one know if there is a form of transportation from guanacaste costa Rica to california? Prefer not to fly and am interested in a train. Does anyone have any answered?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 24, 2014
Backpacking Nicaragua tips– places... Ok for solo trip?  (6 Answers)

Hi there!
I 'm travelling solo to Central America in March, flying to San Hose, and consider for later to enter Nicaragua from there, for a week - ten day trip -I have just started researching via forum and soon guidebooks.
Could you suggest some nice spots to visit in Nicaragua, mostly half south part of the country, at low budget levels of comfort?
Resorts and travel companies, are out of the question…
My interests would be beaches, culture, villages, forest, volcanoes… well, maybe too ambitious for backpacking? We’ll see…
I 'll move around with public transport, stay at simple hotels/ hostels, walk around cities and villages, have some daytrips to nature from there, possibly on our own with other travelers, or with the help of a local guide .
Safety is a concern for me also, as a solo traveller. When backpacking you are exposed more openly to the situations of real life around you, and Nicaragua has some discouraging statistics on those....
Many thanks, happy travels to all!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 12, 2013
Anyone who would like to share a taxi in Ometepe to see the petroglyphs?  (2 Answers)

HI - this is a long shot I guess but I am eager to see as many as I can and most of the usual means of transportation are not possible for me. I don't drive, and physical problems/age make scooters and bicycles out of the question. I am an older American woman, mostly agreeable to have around, an educated and sensitive person. I am currently in Granada and will be around for the next few weeks, so I thought I would give this a try. Thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 07, 2013
Pre Columbian ruin sites, museums  (3 Answers)

HI - I know that there is not a lot of these in Nicaragua. I am currently in Granada, I have visited the San Francisco museum and will visit Mimuseo when it reopens on Tuesday; I am still figuring out how to get to Ometepe without a car. To see the archeological site there is it better to leave from Rivas or Granada? I have seen that there are a few things in Esteli and I read a really interesting but ten years old article - reproduced many times but there is no followup I can find - about this important site near Kurkra Hill (Bluefields) on the coast. After 2003 there does not seem to be any information about continuing research, or visits. It is certainly not on the tourist route! Any information or ideas are appreciated. Thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 24, 2013
Bus from El Savador to Managua  (8 Answers)

Hi - I am in trouble with air tickets because of last minute decision making (nothing new) - Flying from the States to Managua in a week or so, the situation is horrible. It would be simpler and cheaper - although still a bit of a struggle - to fly into El Salvador and then take a bus. Any ideas on which company? I do know about the Tica Bus but I dont know if can reserve a seat online, that could be risky. Any advice? thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 18, 2013
interesting places in nicaragua  (2 Answers)

what are some places in nicaragua to have fun�

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 18, 2013
Interesting hotels in nicaragua  (3 Answers)

What has been the best hotel in Nicaragua�

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 15, 2013
Where would I be able to see sloths in Nicaragua?  (3 Answers)

Not only to see them, but to also possibly hold and get a few photos with one?
Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 11, 2013
Nicaragua - Travel Safety  (6 Answers)

Hi there. I would be very thankful to get some information how dangerous it really is traveling in Nicaragua. I have read so different things - It's very confusing. I would like to travel there with my boyfriend. How dangerous is it? I thank you very much for your answers. Best wishes from Germany

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 28, 2013
Experiences, advice for Nicaragua  (15 Answers)

Hi - I am looking for a new winter destination in Central America - Has anyone spent some significant time in Granada? is there a lot to do or does one get bored fast? is it super hot all the time? I am looking at several months, and moderate moving around - any other suggestions are welcome - thanks, Jean

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 20, 2013
food and drink costs  (2 Answers)

Would like to get the general idea of costs for meals and beer and wine. Also tipping and haggling prices.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 15, 2013
Question title  (4 Answers)

Hi travel bugs, I am 52 and a solo female traveler that speaks VERY little Spanish. I would love to visit Nicaraqua, my passion is wildlife. I have done Panama, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica alone, did fine. How does NICARAGUA compare? Can I make it safely with a phrase book? I want to visit the Volcanos and maybe do a week at a Spanish school. I would love to see the jungle too, and maybe Corn Island? ADVICE? THANKS! (=..=)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 05, 2013
Transportation/Lodging  (2 Answers)

I see a lot of posts, but unfortunately I don't see much on recent transportation costs. I'm looking to fly into Managua and go to León and then back down to Masaya, Granada, and possibly down to San Juan Del Sur. However, I heard Pochomil is better than SJDS? Any help appreciated. I'm leaving July 22. Tips on places to stay along with the transportation would help too. As long as the place is clean, a shower, and SAFE...I'm good.

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