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

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Granada — 6 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 find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire the masterpieces at Casa de Los Tres Mundos.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Granada travel planner.

Newark, USA to Granada is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to fly to El Castillo.
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El Castillo — 1 night

Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our El Castillo trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Granada to El Castillo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Big Corn Island.
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Big Corn Island — 1 night

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at Anahata Massage & Yoga, then head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Big Corn Island road trip website.

Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Big Corn Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Little Corn Island.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Little Corn Island day trip app.

Explore your travel options from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for San Juan del Sur on the 4th (Sun).
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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: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, and head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 4 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 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria, and find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip maker tool.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to catch the bus to Leon.
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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, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Leon trip planner.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Leon by bus takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Esteli.
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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 19th (Mon): hike along El Jalacate and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Esteli trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Esteli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Leon in December, expect Esteli to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Matagalpa.
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Matagalpa — 4 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matagalpa: Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz & Iglesia San Rafael del Norte). Next up on the itinerary: deepen your understanding at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, get outside with Cascada Santa Emilia, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Apante.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Matagalpa trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Esteli to Matagalpa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.
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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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