32 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

32 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua journey planner
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Leon
— 5 nights
Drive
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Esteli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matagalpa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
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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
Ferry to San Jorge, Shuttle to Granada
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Granada
— 7 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, push the limits with an extreme tour, and look for gifts at Artesania de Leon.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Leon trip planner.

London, UK to Leon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Leon. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Leon at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Esteli.
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Esteli — 2 nights

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
On the 8th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor. On your second day here, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos and then trek along El Jalacate.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Esteli trip planner.

Getting from Leon to Esteli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Leon in October: high temperatures in Esteli hover around 30°C and lows are around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Matagalpa.
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Matagalpa — 4 nights

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matagalpa: Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz & Iglesia San Rafael del Norte). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Apante, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Matagalpa trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Esteli to Matagalpa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Matagalpa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. You'll set off for Big Corn Island on the 13th (Fri).
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get reinvigorated at Anahata Massage & Yoga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Big Corn Island online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Matagalpa to Big Corn Island takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Matagalpa in October, things will get somewhat warmer in Big Corn Island: highs are around 35°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can 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.
On the 16th (Mon), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Little Corn Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island with the Route module. In October, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to San Juan del Sur.
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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, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip builder.

You can fly from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe day trip site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Granada.
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Granada — 7 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: stroll through Islets of Granada, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Granada travel planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Granada in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to fly back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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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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