30 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

30 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
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Granada
— 5 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 5 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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Matagalpa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Esteli
— 1 night
Drive
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Leon
— 5 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Dammam

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Granada — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Granada with an excursion to Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, look for gifts at Soy Nica, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To see reviews and tourist information, read Granada travel route site.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Granada is an approximately 32-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Dammam to Granada is minus 9 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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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.
Spend the 7th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde.

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe online trip maker.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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San Juan del Sur — 5 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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, and get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Little Corn Island.
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Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Little Corn Island itinerary maker tool.

Fly from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel to Big Corn Island.
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Wildlife · Tours · Spas · Outdoors
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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 17th (Sun): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will leave for Matagalpa on the 18th (Mon).
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Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Matagalpa — 3 nights

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Explore Matagalpa's surroundings by going to Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz & Iglesia San Rafael del Norte). There's much more to do: deepen your understanding at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Matagalpa trip planning website.

Getting from Big Corn Island to Matagalpa by flight takes about 11.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Big Corn Island in July: high temperatures in Matagalpa hover around 30°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Esteli.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
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Esteli — 1 night

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): hike along El Jalacate and then get engrossed in the history at Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

Plan my day in Esteli using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Matagalpa to Esteli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Esteli can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Leon.
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Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Museums
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Leon — 5 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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Leon itinerary builder.

Drive from Esteli to Leon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Esteli in July, with highs in Leon at 39°C and lows at 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure
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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.
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