42 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

42 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua Trip Planner

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Managua
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matagalpa
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Puerto Cabezas
— 1 night
Fly
4
Little Corn Island
— 3 nights
Unknown
5
Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
Fly
6
Bluefields
— 1 night
Drive
7
Rio San Juan Department
— 2 nights
Drive
8
San Juan del Sur
— 6 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
Bus
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Leon
— 6 nights
Drive
11
Las Penitas
— 1 day
Drive
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Carazo Department
— 1 night
Drive
13
Masaya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 5 nights
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Managua

— 3 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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): look for gifts at Mercado Roberto Huembes, pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Managua travel route planning app.

St. Petersburg, Russia to Managua is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Managua

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 4:

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 4th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Apante. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao, then don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, and then relax in the rural setting at Ecoalbergue La Fundadora.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Matagalpa trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Managua to Matagalpa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Puerto Cabezas.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Puerto Cabezas

— 1 night
Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Puerto Cabezas trip planner.

You can fly from Matagalpa to Puerto Cabezas in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Matagalpa in August, with highs in Puerto Cabezas at 36°C and lows at 30°C. On the 7th (Mon), you're off to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Puerto Cabezas

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:

Little Corn Island

— 3 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.
Keep things going the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Little Corn Island day trip website.

You can fly from Puerto Cabezas to Little Corn Island in 7 hours. In August, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 10th (Thu), you'll travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 10:

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 10th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore nautilus corn island. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Big Corn Island online journey planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You'll set off for Bluefields on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Bluefields

— 1 night
Bluefields is the capital of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACS) in Nicaragua. To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Bluefields online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Big Corn Island to Bluefields by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for Rio San Juan Department on the 13th (Sun).

Things to do in Bluefields

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 13:

Rio San Juan Department

— 2 nights
Río San Juan is a department in Nicaragua. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Mancarron.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rio San Juan Department route maker tool.

You can drive from Bluefields to Rio San Juan Department in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Rio San Juan Department

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Popoyo Beach. Family-friendly places like Playa el Coco and Marsella Valley Nature Center will thrill your kids. Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding of the past and present with Macua Tours & Travel, get your game on at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, and don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rio San Juan Department to San Juan del Sur takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 21:

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chico Largo Adventure and Rio Istian. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Punta Jesus Maria and Volcan Concepcion. The adventure continues: examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, take a stroll through Los Ramos, and ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sat) to allow time for the bus ride to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus and Telica Volcano. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church The Recollection and Flor de Cana Tour. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, tour the pleasant surroundings at Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve, and stop by Buho Books.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Leon day trip planner.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Las Penitas.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — Sep 1:

Las Penitas

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): stroll through Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Las Penitas online journey planner.

Getting from Leon to Las Penitas by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 1st (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Carazo Department.

Things to do in Las Penitas

Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:
Highlights from your trip

Carazo Department

— 1 night
Carazo is a department in Nicaragua. You've now added VIP Nicaragua to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at Hervideros de San Jacinto and then see VIP Nicaragua.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Carazo Department trip planner.

You can drive from Las Penitas to Carazo Department in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Carazo Department can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can drive to Masaya.

Things to do in Carazo Department

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 2:

Masaya

— 2 nights

Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore

Quickly accessible from both Managua and Granada, culturally rich Masaya remains one of the best places to visit if you're looking to purchase authentic Nicaraguan handicrafts.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): stop by Masaya Crafts Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina. On the next day, steep yourself in history at El Coyotepe Fortress, learn more about the world around you at Volcán Masaya National Park, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Masaya journey builder tool.

You can drive from Carazo Department to Masaya in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Masaya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 2 — 4:

Granada

— 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mi Museo and Parque Colon de Granada. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve. There's lots more to do: stop by Soy Nica, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral San Francisco.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada tour planner.

Granada is just a short distance from Masaya. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 9:

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.