60 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

60 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip itinerary planner

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Granada
— 11 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 7 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 5 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 3 nights
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El Castillo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Puerto Cabezas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Matagalpa
— 5 nights
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Esteli
— 4 nights
Drive
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Somoto
— 3 nights
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Leon
— 9 nights
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Granada

— 11 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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Guadalupe Church and Mi Museo. Venture out of the city with trips to Iglesia San Juan Bautista (in Masatepe), Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and Masaya (Volcán Masaya National Park & Masaya Volcano). There's lots more to do: kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by Soy Nica, explore the activities along Apoyo, and take a pleasant ride with Painted Pony Horse Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Granada day trip app.

Philadelphia, USA to Granada is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Philadelphia to Granada due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 18:

San Juan del Sur

— 7 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spas & Wellness and Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures. Venture out of the city with trips to O Parks, WildLife and Recreation (in El Ostional), Hacienda Iguana Golf (in Tola) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the exciting artwork at The Art Warehouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip site.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 25:

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Chico Largo Adventure and El Ceibo Museums. The adventure continues: paddle through the water with Caballito's Mar Kayak Tour, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, wander the streets of Los Ramos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip builder website.

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 on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Little Corn Island

— 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spas & Wellness and Aqua Boy.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Little Corn Island trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Little Corn Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. On the 4th (Fri), you'll travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Wildlife · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:
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Big Corn Island

— 3 nights
The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Discover out-of-the-way places like nautilus corn island and Anahata Massage & Yoga. The adventure continues: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island online trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In September, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 76°F. On the 7th (Mon), you'll travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

El Castillo

— 5 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz and Tarpon Nicaragua. Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia de Mancarron in San Carlos (about 1h 25 min away).

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the El Castillo journey planner.

You can fly from Big Corn Island to El Castillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. You will leave for Puerto Cabezas on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in El Castillo

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 7 — 12:

Puerto Cabezas

— 2 nights
Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. On the 13th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Bocanita Beach and then cast your line with Adventurenica.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Cabezas road trip website.

Getting from El Castillo to Puerto Cabezas by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in September, and nighttime lows around 77°F. You will leave for Matagalpa on the 14th (Mon).

Things to do in Puerto Cabezas

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 14:

Matagalpa

— 5 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and Catedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matagalpa: Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz, Catedral San Juan, &more). On the 16th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Cerro Apante. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at La Cascada de la Luna, relax in the rural setting at Selva Negra Farm Tour, gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, and examine the collection at Casa museo comandante Carlos fonseca.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Matagalpa tour itinerary planner.

Fly from Puerto Cabezas to Matagalpa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Puerto Cabezas in September, expect Matagalpa to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 67°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Esteli.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 19:

Esteli

— 4 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Highland Tours and Esteli Waterfall. Change things up with a short trip to Canopy Tour La Brellera in San Rafael del Norte (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor, trek along El Jalacate, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Esteli using our trip planner.

Drive from Matagalpa to Esteli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Esteli sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Somoto.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Somoto

— 3 nights
Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cañón de Somoto and Parque Central. Step out of Somoto with an excursion to Cerro Mogoton (Highest Point in Nicaragua) in Ocotal--about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Parque Central De Somoto, get in touch with nature with Somoto Canyon Tours, and get outside with Somoto Extremo.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Somoto online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Esteli to Somoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Somoto, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Somoto

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Leon

— 9 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Telica Volcano and Mas Adventures. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Leon: Hervideros de San Jacinto (in San Jacinto) and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas). And it doesn't end there: scramble along the landscape with Sonati, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and stroll through Playa Las Penitas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Somoto to Leon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Somoto in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Leon: highs are around 89°F and lows about 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 5:

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.