Nicaragua is an absolutely amazing country, from the moment I stepped off our bus and into the hustle and bustle of Rivas I fell in love. Whether it be the the music, food, history, or people I couldn’t get enough. Nicaragua quickly took a piece of my soul, enveloping me in it’s beautiful culture and I’m counting down the days until I can return.
With it’s rich history, enticing culture and beautiful people Nicaragua is a place that you do not want to miss out on – or maybe do that way I can keep it all to myself.
Here is a break down of how much we spent during our time in Nicaragua. Keep in mind that this is a budget for two people.
Duration: 44 days
Budget: $30 dollars a day, $1320 total
Total Spent: $1519.62
Average Daily Spending:$34.53
Exchange rate at time of travel: 27 Cordoba to 1 USD
Food + Non-Alcoholic Drinks: $276.61
While traveling through Nicaragua we found that, unlike other countries, eating street food ended up being cheaper than groceries. Depending on what you are looking for most meals can be purchased for under $3 and drinks can be a little as .30!
Though we did splurge on a few occasions, such as at La Selva Negra up in the Nicaraguan mountains, we mostly stuck to shared co-ed dorms in hostels. Most frequently you can find a (1)bed from $6-$8.
Transportation in Nicaragua is awesome (check out my post on checking the bus in Nicaragua here) and by far the easiest out of all the Central America countries. Although bus prices do range the most we spent was $4.33 for a six hour bus ride!
We didn’t spend much on activities and mostly stuck to enjoying Mother Nature through hiking and beaching, but most activities throughout Nicaragua are beyond reasonable. The most we paid for an activity was $12 for entrance into La Laguna de Apoyo.
Alcohol is CHEAP in Nicaragua. A litter of Nicaraguan rum, Flor de Cana, costs from $2-$4.
Okay, I spent A LOT on jewelry here. I can’t help myself I see shiny things and I have to have them! Jewelry aside we found really cool gifts for under $3.
Border Fees: $32
The border fees leaving Costa Rica and coming into Nicaragua are rough and some of the most expensive fees we’ve paid. If you’re looking for tips on crossing the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua check out my post on how we did it!
For about a week and a half in Granada we decided to do a homestay so we could get the experience of living with a Nicaragua family. Our homestay covered our meals and room.
This category contains random things like new tooth brushes and calamine lotion for my absurd amount of bug bites!
Flight Change: $236
While in Nicaragua we officially decided that we would not be returning to Panama and instead we were going to travel all the way up to Mexico. Unfortunately we had to pay a flight change fee.