32 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

32 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Jinotega
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Jinotega
— 2 nights
Drive
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Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Leon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Managua
— 6 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 6 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
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Bus to La Cruz, Bus to Upala, Bus to El Castillo
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El Castillo
— 1 night
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Jinotega

— 2 nights
The city of Jinotega is the capital of the department of Jinotega in the north central region of Nicaragua.The city is located in a long valley surrounded by the cool climate and Dariense Isabelia ridge located 142km north of the capital Managua. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and then take some stellar pictures from Cerro De La Cruz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral, don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, and then experience rural life at Selva Negra Farm Tour.

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San Francisco, USA to Jinotega is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in August, expect Jinotega to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Esteli.

Things to do in Jinotega

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Esteli

— 3 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Spend the 5th (Wed) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, trek along El Jalacate, and look for gifts at Artesanías La Esquina - Handmade crafts.

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Traveling by car from Jinotega to Esteli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Leon

— 6 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.
Explore Leon's surroundings by going to Chinandega (Parroquia Santa Ana & Volcan Cosiguina) and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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You can drive from Esteli to Leon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, Leon is somewhat warmer than Esteli - with highs of 92°F and lows of 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Managua.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

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Managua

— 6 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Managua side-trips: Granada (Catedral de Granada, Iglesia de La Merced, &more), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende and pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral.

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You can drive from Leon to Managua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Managua

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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San Juan del Sur

— 6 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.
Step out of San Juan del Sur with an excursion to Hacienda Iguana Golf in Tola--about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and deepen your understanding at Spanish School House Rosa Silva.

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Drive from Managua to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trip

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Isla de Ometepe

— 5 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, wander the streets of Los Ramos, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

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You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3.5 hours. On the 29th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Beaches
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El Castillo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz and then don't miss a visit to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción.

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Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to El Castillo takes 9 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Aug 29 — 30:
Highlights from your trip

Big Corn Island

— 2 nights
The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

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Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Big Corn Island takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August in Big Corn Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
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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.