43 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

43 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Leon
— 8 nights
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Esteli
— 3 nights
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Isla de Ometepe
— 6 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 8 nights
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
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El Castillo
— 3 nights
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Puerto Cabezas
— 1 night
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Granada
— 9 nights
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Leon — 8 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de la Asunción and Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava. Explore Leon's surroundings by going to Hervideros de San Jacinto (in San Jacinto), Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas) and Chorotega-Nicarao Museum (in Chinandega). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, push the limits with an extreme tour, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion, and stroll through Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Leon road trip planning tool.

Toronto, Canada to Leon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Leon. Traveling from Toronto in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Leon: highs are around 39°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Esteli.
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Esteli — 3 nights

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor, look for gifts at Artesanías La Esquina - Handmade crafts, and trek along El Jalacate.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Esteli trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Leon to Esteli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, Esteli is a bit cooler than Leon - with highs of 31°C and lows of 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 6 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 14th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Jesus Maria, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, indulge in some personalized pampering at Temazcal Omeyocan, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Esteli to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 8 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.
We've included these beaches for you: La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Playa Redonda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around San Juan del Sur: O Parks, WildLife and Recreation (in El Ostional) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). There's much more to do: stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Playa Escameca, and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip app.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Little Corn Island sightseeing app.

Fly from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. August in Little Corn Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Big Corn Island.
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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.
On the 25th (Thu), relax and rejuvenate at Anahata Massage & Yoga. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Big Corn Island day trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In August, daily temperatures in Big Corn Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to fly to El Castillo.
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El Castillo — 3 nights

El Castillo is known for parks, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz and cast your line with Tarpon Nicaragua.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read El Castillo day trip planning tool.

Getting from Big Corn Island to El Castillo by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 29th (Mon), you'll travel to Puerto Cabezas.
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Puerto Cabezas — 1 night

Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Bocanita Beach and then cast your line with Adventurenica.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Cabezas road trip app.

You can fly from El Castillo to Puerto Cabezas in 8 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Puerto Cabezas are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can fly to Granada.
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Granada — 9 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.
Head to Masaya Crafts Market and Mercado Municipalfor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at ChocoMuseo Granada and Iglesia de La Merced. Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Volcano Divers Nicaragua). Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Islets of Granada, examine the collection at Mi Museo, contemplate the long history of Palacio Episcopal, and explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Granada itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Puerto Cabezas to Granada in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. On the 8th (Thu), you're off to 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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