My girlfriend and I are both in our early 30s and we are planning a 14-day (bookended by two travel days), 15-night trip in Nicaragua. Both of us are fit and active, love the outdoors, and are excited to see all of the natural beauty that Nicaragua has to offer. Neither of us is much of a city person, so while we're there our city excursions will likely to limited to eating local food. Cities will likely serve as jump-off points for our volcano hikes and water activities. We don't like museums but wouldn't mind going to a coffee plantation or a rum distillery to see how the good stuff is made. We're trying to pack in 5 destinations, which I know seems like a lot for two weeks, but we've put a lot of thought into this and I think it's doable. We plan on traveling mostly by bus two get from one destination to the next. Here is our proposed itinerary:
Day 2: Leon
Day 3: Travel to Jiquillilo.
Day 4: Jiquillilo.
Day 5: Travel back to Leon.
Day 6: Travel to Granada.
Day 7: Granada
Day 8: Travel to Ometepe via San Jorge ferry.
Day 9: Ometepe
Day 10: Ometepe
Day 11: Travel to Managua via San Jorge ferry, take 2:30 pm flight to Corn Islands.
Day 12: Corn islands
Day 13: Corn islands
Day 14: Corn islands
Day 15: Flight back to Managua, stay somewhere in Managua.
Day 16: Reluctantly catch a flight back to the states.
Is that too much to try to fit in, considering that we won't be spending a ton of time exploring the cities themselves? I realize that the Leon-Jiquillilo-Leon jaunt seems a bit odd, but geographically it makes sense, and logically it seems that breaking up the travel time from Jiquillilo to Granada might make sense. We agreed that if we're going to cut out any particular destination, it would be Jiquillilo, and that we could tack a day onto Ometepe to climb Concepcion and maybe another day onto Granada or Little Corn. What are your thoughts on this itinerary?