My husband and I are traveling to Nicaragua in January and are in need of a little itinerary help. Below is an itinerary for our trip that allows us to visit all the places we would like to visit. We are concerned that we are trying to do too much.
Arrive 1am into Managua stay at Best Western
Day 1 – Travel in the morning to Grenada and stay 1 night
Day 2 – Travel to Ometepe and stay 2 nights
Day 3 – Ometepe
Day 4 – Travel to Leon and stay 1 night
Day 5 – Spend day in Leon and travel to beach in the afternoon and stay 2 nights at the beach
Day 6 - Beach 2nd night
Day 7 – Travel to Matagalpa and stay 2 nights
Day 8 – Matagalpa 2nd night
Day 9 – Travel to Managua for evening flight home
Q1) Are we trying to do too much in the itinerary below?
Q2) If we need to eliminate one place from the itinerary below any recommendations? We are leaning towards either Ometepe or Matagalpa.
Q3) We are considering renting a car but are torn by the pros and cons. Pros: freedom to move around, make stops, stay longer, leave earlier. Cons: cost, dealing with the police, our Spanish is not too good, what to do with the car while on Ometepe as we see no need to ferry the car over there.
Thank you for your help!