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NICARAGUA TRAVEL BUDGET : HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

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February 21, 2019

Nicaragua or NiCa, as the locals call it, is a lovely country in Central America, known for its volcanoes, beautiful lakes and paradise beaches on the islands of the Caribbean Sea. We spent 11 days there, but we visited quite few places in the western half of the country. The question is – did we stick to our Nicaragua travel budget? 🙂

OUR NICARAGUA TRAVEL BUDGET: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Travel time: : 11 days

Travel costs: 852€

Average costs per day: 77,4€ or 38,7€ /person

 

ACCOMMODATION: 181,9€ (cca 21,3%)

Accommodation in Nicaragua was pretty cheap – we slept a couple of nights for only 12 €/per room. The disadvantage is that air condition is more an exception rather than rule or they charge you almost double for a room with air-con. But I gotta say, having only a fan in the room was almost unbearable at times. We booked all accommodation in Nicaragua on Booking.

If you book your accomodation through Booking using the link below, you will receive back 10% (of the accommodation price)  after your stay, which you can then use for subsequent bookings.

So, by using this link you will sleep for less money:  https://www.booking.com/s/11_6/b7bb5d87

Best accomodation in Ometepe

Best accomodation in Ometepe – like a tree house 🙂

Booking.com

 

TRANSPORTATION: 330,4€ (cca 38,7%)

The major part of the transportation cost was the car rental for 7 days (210 € with basic insurance) and other costs related to the car (gasoline, ferry to Ometepe Island). The transport from Salvador to Leon cost 25 €/person (including a room in dorm).

We barely squeezed our car onto ferry

We barely squeezed our car onto ferry

FOOD AND DRINKS: cca 205,4€ (24,1%)

Out of this:

  • GROCERIES: 18,5€
  • RESTAURANTS: 158,6€
  • ADDITIONAL BEER/COFFEE: 28,3€

We weren’t super excited about food in Nicaragua, with the exception of breakfast – their Gallo Pinto is really delicious! 😊 Prices in supermarkets are quite high, especially for any imported food.

Average prices in Nicaragua:

Water: 1€

Lunch/dinner in restaurant: 8-10€

Snickers: 1,5€

Coffee: 2,5€

Beer: 1,5€

National beer

National beer – 2$

TOURS AND ENTRANCE FEES: cca 90,2€ (10,6%)

The main cost was boarding down the Cerro Negro (27 €/person, totally worth it!) and the entrance to the Masaya National Park (9 €/person). On the other hand, we payed only a dollar in Granada for the climb to one of the bell towers, which offers a beautiful view over the city.

For 1$ you can go to the rooftop of Leon Cathedral

For 3$ you can go to the rooftop of Leon Cathedral

OTHER COSTS: cca 43,7€ (5,1%)

Other costs include laundry, internet and card for Nicaragua (almost 20€), purchase of magnet and postcards and Bojan’s visit to hairdresser & barber 🙂

 

At barber shop

At barber shop

HANDLING WITH MONEY IN NICARAGUA

The Nicaraguan currency is cordoba (NIO), the ration is: 1€= cca 36,9 NIO

ATMs were available in all major tourist places, and money could also be withdrawn with the Maestro card (besided Mastercard and Visa). On the island of Ometepe there are ATMs, but they may be out of money, so it’s better to bring cash with you.

If you would like to visit Little Corn Island, you really need a lot of cash (for lodging, diving, etc.) because there are no ATMs on the island.

 

SO…DID WE STICK TO OUR NICARAGUA TRAVEL BUDGET?

Nope, definitely not, we were quite over our desired travel budget (65$/day) 🙂 This was of course, due to car rental and also the fact that we always ate in restaurants. But since car gave us freedom to go wherever we wanted , it was definitely worth the splurge! 😊

 

You wonder how much we spent in Mexico and Guatemala? Check it out! 😊

 

 

 

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