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!

Accommodation: $368.50

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: $117.14

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!

Activities: $58.54

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: $47.27

Alcohol is CHEAP in Nicaragua. A litter of Nicaraguan rum, Flor de Cana, costs from $2-$4.

Gifts/Survivors: $52.93

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!

Homestay: $350

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.

Misc: $20.87

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.


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    1. Sadly, I haven’t been to South America yet but it’s on my list! But you should move a little north and head to Central America, now that I can help you with 😉 Nicaragua was BY FAR my favorite country in Central America. Oh my god, I fell in love. The food, the people, the culture, everything about it is amazing. I didn’t stay in a particular region in Nicaragua, I just hit the main backpacking spots: Granada, San Juan del Sur, Leon, Isla Ometepe, and then up into the mountains. It is the second poorest country on the western hemisphere so be prepared for that, it’s not as bad as you would think. The people there are so nice and helpful, they love having tourists unlike some other countries I’ve visited. It has everything you could need, friendly people, delicious food, lots of history (especially with the US which I had no idea about), and tons of adventures! Okay, I’m starting to ramble ha. If you are still thinking more South America I heard really great things about Colombia while traveling!

      1. Hi Hayley, I miss typed. I meant Central America actually. So this summary is perfect. Would we need a tour group in Nicaragua you think? Costa Rica is another option, but idk I think it’s too touristy at this point.

      2. GO GO GO to Nicaragua! It’s perfect because it will be there off season, if you go late summer. No Nicaragua is definitely a country you can do on your own. There is a very distinct backpacking trail that you can follow, you’ll meet tons of people. And Nicas are the nicest most helpful people I have met. If you need something all you have to do it ask, of course as will all countries there are the opportunists but I can’t think of one time that I felt unsafe of taken advantage of. I think you should definitely go, it’s amazing. And visit the Corn Islands, I didn’t have a chance but they are supposed to be breathtaking! It’s a super easy country to travel my boyfriend and I had no plans, just figured things out along the way and were perfectly fine. Yeah, Costa Rica is ridiculously expensive and it just feels so… touristy.. You can find just as awesome and beautiful things in Nicaragua and for way cheaper!
        Hopefully, I’ll have more posts up that you can refer to 😉

      3. Yeah girl no problem! I know exactly what you mean, that’s how I feel too. It’s also a great place to learn Spanish! Keep me posted on what you decide to do!:)

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