25 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

25 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly
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Managua
Drive
2
Granada
— 1 night
Bus to El Rama, Ferry to Little Corn Island
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Ferry to El Rama, Bus to Managua, Drive to Carazo Department
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Carazo Department
— 1 day
Drive to Managua, Bus to Matagalpa
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Matagalpa
— 2 nights
Bus
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Esteli
— 3 nights
Bus
7
Chinandega
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leon
— 3 nights
Bus
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Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rio San Juan Department
— 2 nights
Drive
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Las Penitas
— 1 night
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Miami International Airport

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Managua

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Managua online road trip planner.

Miami, USA to Managua is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Traveling from Miami to Managua, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. You will leave for Granada on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Managua

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 1 — 2:

Granada

— 1 night

La Gran Sultana

The lakeside city of Granada has the look and feel of a historically important economic and political center, with grand colonial architecture, a unified look, and many cultural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): stop by Soy Nica, then admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, then see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and finally see the interesting displays at Mi Museo. Keep things going the next day: ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada, stroll through Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve, then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina, then contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada road trip website.

Getting from Managua to Granada by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 2 — 3:

Little Corn Island

— 2 nights
The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: cast your line with a fishing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Little Corn Island travel planning site.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Granada to Little Corn Island in 20 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In June, daily temperatures in Little Corn Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You'll set off for Carazo Department on the 6th (Wed).

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:

Carazo Department

— 1 day
Carazo is a department in Nicaragua. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago and then stroll through Gaia Estate.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Carazo Department day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, and car from Little Corn Island to Carazo Department takes 18 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Carazo Department can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Carazo Department

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 7:
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Matagalpa

— 2 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
On the 8th (Fri), stroll through Cerro Apante. Keep things going the next day: learn more about the world around you at Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo and then experience rural life at Ecoalbergue La Fundadora.

To see maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Matagalpa trip website.

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Carazo Department to Matagalpa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, Matagalpa is slightly colder than Carazo Department - with highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Esteli.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 7 — 9:

Esteli

— 3 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Step out of the city life by going to Cañón de Somoto and Reserva Natural Miraflor. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos and Esteli Waterfall. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Artesanías La Esquina - Handmade crafts.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Esteli vacation planner.

Take a bus from Matagalpa to Esteli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Esteli are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. You'll set off for Chinandega on the 12th (Tue).

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jun 9 — 12:

Chinandega

— 2 nights
Chinandega is a city and the departmental seat of Chinandega department (4,822.42 km2) in Nicaragua. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Flor de Cana Tour and then stroll through Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve. On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ecodetur Cosiguina Volcano Day Tour.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Chinandega online itinerary planner.

Traveling by bus from Esteli to Chinandega takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, Chinandega is a bit warmer than Esteli - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. On the 14th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in Chinandega

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jun 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Leon

— 3 nights
A cultured and storied city, Leon attracts guests from all over the world, drawn to the second city's style, thriving intellectual life, and liveliness.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, then kick back and relax at Playa Poneloya, and then examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, then contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Chinandega to Leon takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Leon are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow time for the bus ride to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Jun 14 — 17:

Isla de Ometepe

— 2 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums, kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and finally take a stroll through Los Ramos. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Rio Istian and then trek along Sendero Pena Inculta.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe trip tool.

Getting from Leon to Isla de Ometepe by bus takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 19:

San Juan del Sur

— 2 nights
Set in a crescent-shaped bay, San Juan del Sur has become known as a popular surfing spot and coastal holiday destination for Nicaraguan families and international visitors alike.
On the 20th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marsella Valley Nature Center, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then kick back and relax at Playa el Coco.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Rio San Juan Department.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Jun 19 — 21:

Rio San Juan Department

— 2 nights
Río San Juan is a department in Nicaragua. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción and then stroll through Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Mancarron.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Rio San Juan Department road trip website.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Rio San Juan Department by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Las Penitas.

Things to do in Rio San Juan Department

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:

Las Penitas

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Las Penitas trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Rio San Juan Department to Las Penitas takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. June in Las Penitas sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Las Penitas

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 24:
Highlights from your trip

Nicaragua travel guide

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Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.