Our route and where we stayed 🙂
I flew into Managua, Nicaragua and met up with Ellen at the airport. We decided to only spend one night in Managua since there was not much of interest to do. We stopped by a local bar for our first Tonas and tostones of the trip!
Hostel: Managua Backpacker’s Inn
Next we were off to Isla de Ometepe for a couple nights on a volcanic island. It reminded us of Jurassic Park! We swam in Ojo de Agua, ate at local restaurants, and spent the days exploring by foot and by bike.
Hostel: Little Morgan’s
We decided to head to Popoyo, which was not originally in our plans. I loved this surf town! We wandered along the untouched, empty beach, watched gorgeous sunsets, and got into the water for some surfing with a local instructor.
Hostel: Magnificent Rock
Then it was time to head to the popular San Juan del Sur! We had lobster dinners, celebrated Christmas, hiked to the Jesus Statue, visited more beaches, gave surfing another go, and partied at the Sunday Funday Pool Crawl.
Hostel: Casa de Olas
It was then time to head off to our final destination: Granada! We gazed at the city’s beautiful architecture, wandered through the street markets, went to the top of Mombacho Volcano, cruised around the isletas in search of monkeys, and spent a lot of time eating and drinking on Calle Calzada.
Hostel: Hostel Oasis
While in Granada our hostel arranged a day trip to Laguna de Apoyo (at Paradiso Hostel), which was one of the best days of the trip for me. We lounged on a floating dock, drank pina coladas, and swam in the warm volcanic water. Bliss.
We sadly did not have time to visit Leon or the Corn Islands, which I would have loved to check out! Next time 🙂
My experiences in Nicaragua hold a special place in my heart, and I have a couple more posts to share about my trip coming soon. Muchos besos Nicaragua! If this country isn’t on your list it should be!