Location: Barrio Martha Quezada (Near the Ticabus Terminal)
Price: $5.00 – $6.00 USD
It’s possible to live on the Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua for $10.00 USD per day.
- Hotel in Altagracia for $90.00 USD per month with shared bath.
- Breakfast of 2 eggs, beans and rice, tostada and coffee for $2.00 USD
- Dinner of chicken/fish/pork, rice, salad, plantains and soda for $3.00 USD
- That gives you $2.00 USD for bottled water and some fruit.
Now the better bet is to find a place to stay with a shared kitchen and then you can really make your food budget stretch. Often I will just have some fruit and sweet bread for breakfast, which usually costs around $1.50 USD.
Some travelers carry a plug in water boiler and cook hardboiled eggs, pasta and make coffee. You can even carry an alcohol stove and cook some simple meals.
Probably a $15.00 USD budget is more practical if you plan on exploring the Island using the local bus system.
Nicaragua is still a budget traveler’s country to explore for adventure.
Was I ever in for a surprise when I arrived on a day trip in Catarina, Nicaragua from Masaya. The town is really quaint and lots of pretty flower stands. I was regretting not staying in Catarina for a few nights.
Masaya, Nicaragua is a fun town to hang around in the Parque Central. They have lots of food stalls and a really great natural juice stand.
Price: 1.00 USD (20 Cordoba)
After you become bored out of your mind in Altagracia, go and take the tour of the main church across from the Parque Central. There are some Mayan statues and other artifacts in the older building.
Fascinating and frightening look at the way the Somoza regime treated his political enemies in Nicaragua. Take a cab to the bottom of the hill and slowly walk up to the entrance of this nightmare.
If you are staying in Altagracia, Nicaragua then this is a good option for swimming in the lake. The bus ride is 10 Cordoba to Santo Domingo from Altagracia and takes about 30 to 40 minutes depending on what the bus is hauling. The roads are pretty bad heading to Santo Domingo and that slows the trip down. They are putting in a new road and lots of construction.
The beach is very clean and you can wade out into the lake and have a nice swim. There are some restaurants and stores to grab some snacks.
Rush hour is a killer, be sure not to fall asleep in the street.
If you are wanting to kickback in Nicaragua, then travel to the small town of Altagracia on the Island of Ometepe. This is a good town to have as a base camp to explore the Island. You can travel to a nice beach in Santo Domingo by a 35 minutes bus ride or explore the 2 volcanoes on the island from here.
Location: About 35 minutes by bus from Altagracia. On the Isla De Ometepe, Nicaragua.
The inactive Volcano Maderas might look small, but packs a pretty good punch. I arrived late (11:00am) in the morning to begin my climb and was physically exhausted by the time I arrived on the summit.