42 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

42 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Leon
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Leon
— 7 nights
Drive
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Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matagalpa
— 5 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
— 6 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 7 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Shuttle to Granada
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Granada
— 8 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Exeter

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Leon — 7 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: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), get impressive views of Telica Volcano, and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Leon trip planning website.

Exeter, UK to Leon is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Exeter to Leon, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Leon, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Esteli.
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Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 2 — 9:

Esteli — 3 nights

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Esteli is known for parks, nature, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor, hike along El Jalacate, take in the dramatic scenery at Esteli Waterfall, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

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Getting from Leon to Esteli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Leon in May; daily highs in Esteli reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Matagalpa.
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Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay May 9 — 12:

Matagalpa — 5 nights

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Change things up with a short trip to Iglesia San Rafael del Norte in Jinotega (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Apante and make a trip to Catedral.

For reviews and other tourist information, read Matagalpa trip planner.

You can drive from Esteli to Matagalpa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 17th (Tue), you're off to Big Corn Island.
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Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Side Trip
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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 18th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at Anahata Massage & Yoga. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Big Corn Island day trip planning website.

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 May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 30°C in Big Corn Island. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Little Corn Island.
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Nature · Parks · Spas · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Little Corn Island trip tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island. In May, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. On the 21st (Sat), you're off to San Juan del Sur.
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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.
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, discover the deep blue sea with Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures, head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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Isla de Ometepe — 7 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 3rd (Fri) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. The adventure continues: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure, and examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Granada.
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Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
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Granada — 8 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, get impressive views of Mombacho, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Episcopal, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Granada trip planner.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Granada by combination of ferry and shuttle takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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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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