The córdoba (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈkordoβa], sign: C$; code: NIO) is the currency of Nicaragua. It is divided into 100 centavos.

How much does it cost to explore Nicaragua?

Paul Ryken Last Updated: Monday 30 March 2020 Afford your trip, Nicaragua Leave a Comment

This article may contain links to products and services we use and recommend. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For more information, see our Disclosure Policy.

Have you ever wondered whether you could afford to visit Nicaragua? Below is our financial spend on our journey around Nicaragua in September 2017. Check out what we did during the 12 days we explored Nicaragua.

When reading our travel costs for Nicaragua, please keep the following in mind:

  • The costs are based upon a couple travelling together.
  • We did not travel as part of an organised tour group but as independent travelers.
  • Not considered is the entry or exit transport into/out of the country.
  • We are digital nomads so base ourselves in accommodation that has good Wi-Fi.
  • Included in the overall daily costs (for the period of time we are in the country) are:

Where we travelled

Map of Nicaragua and the destinations we explored
Map of Nicaragua and the destinations we explored

Travel Costs Summary Table

CategoriesUSD per person per day
Communications$00%
Groceries$2.8511%
Dining$5.1721%
Leisure$6.7427%
Accommodation$6.9628%
Miscellaneous$1.265%
Finance$0.131%
Health$0.080%
Travel$0.813%
Government Costs$0.833%
Total USD per person per day$24.82

If Guatemala was already significantly cheaper than any other country we had visited in 2017, Nicaragua was even more affordable. With under USD7 per person per night, our accommodation costs were the lowest this year.

Our leisure activities included entry into the Museo de la Revolucion, the Cathedral and the Centro de Arte Fundación Ortíz-Gurdián in León, as well as a day’s car hire to visit the Laguna de Apoyo and Pueblos Blancos near Granada. The government costs were the tourist card.

Other Cost Summaries and Budgets

Travel budget websites calculated the costs as shown in the below widget and table. We are unsure whether their data includes entry/exit cost. However, it is good to compare our actual versus their data.

NameDaily Amount Per Person - USDComments
Expert Vagabond$21Actual
Lonely Planet$35Budget (up to)
Suitcase and Heels$92.68Actual

Other web sites such as Numbeo, Price Of Travel and Nomadic Matt do not show consolidated daily averages but break it down by the various items (for example, bread, milk, etc).

Withdrawing cash overseas can be expensive but it doesn’t have to be. We can show you how to avoid unnecessary fees and make your travel budget stretch further.

How do you determine which card is best for your overseas trip? Using the right one can save bank fees and make your travel budget stretch further.

Ever been caught out by the bad FX rates and exorbitant commissions charged by FX bureaus? These tips allow you to minimise these charges in future. We also recommend OFX to keep more of your money when you complete a transfer.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Lonely Planet Nicaragua (Country Guide)
Lonely Planet (Author); English (Publication Language); 320 Pages - 07/16/2019 (Publication Date) - Lonely Planet (Publisher)
$17.39
Bestseller No. 2
Lonely Planet Nicaragua (Country Guide)
Lonely Planet Nicaragua; Lonely Planet (Author); English (Publication Language); 320 Pages - 10/18/2016 (Publication Date) - Lonely Planet (Publisher)
$24.99
SaleBestseller No. 3
Lonely Planet Central America (Multi Country Guide)
Lonely Planet (Author); English (Publication Language); 768 Pages - 07/16/2019 (Publication Date) - Lonely Planet (Publisher)
$19.19
SaleBestseller No. 4
Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador (National Geographic Adventure Map (3109))
National Geographic Maps (Author); English (Publication Language); 2 Pages - 01/01/2019 (Publication Date) - National Geographic Maps (Publisher)
$6.35

Have you explored Nicaragua? What did it cost? If you have a blog, please share your thoughts below.

Like our article? Share it on Pinterest.

How much does it cost to explore Nicaragua?
How much does it cost to explore Nicaragua?
How much does it cost to explore Nicaragua?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.