57 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
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Granada
— 15 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 7 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 8 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 3 nights
Fly
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Matagalpa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Somoto
— 3 nights
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Leon
— 11 nights
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Granada — 15 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya (Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya & Masaya Volcano) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Islets of Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planning tool.

Newark, USA to Granada is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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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 24th (Thu) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. There's still lots to do: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon, and examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough 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.
Step out of San Juan del Sur to go to Popoyo and see Popoyo Beach, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Remanso, get outside with Costa Dulce Beach, and identify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. February in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to fly 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 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: 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 reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Little Corn Island trip itinerary website.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island by flight takes about 2.5 hours. In March in Little Corn Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 74°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Big Corn Island.
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Big Corn Island — 3 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 10th (Thu): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read our Big Corn Island tour itinerary maker tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In March, daily temperatures in Big Corn Island can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. On the 12th (Sat), you're off 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jinotega (Ecoalbergue La Fundadora & Iglesia San Rafael del Norte). The adventure continues: gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cerro Apante, and head outdoors with Cascada Santa Emilia.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Matagalpa online itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Big Corn Island to Matagalpa takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Big Corn Island in March, things will get a bit cooler in Matagalpa: highs are around 79°F and lows about 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow 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.
Spend the 19th (Sat) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor, hike along El Jalacate, and get engrossed in the history at Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Esteli vacation maker.

Traveling by car from Matagalpa to Esteli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Esteli are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Somoto.
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Somoto — 3 nights

Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Somoto: Ocotal (Cerro Mogoton & Parque Central). There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at Cañón de Somoto and make a trip to Parque Central De Somoto.

Before you visit Somoto, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Esteli to Somoto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Somoto sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 64°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Leon.
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Leon — 11 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas) and Chinandega (Parroquia Santa Ana & Chorotega-Nicarao Museum). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas).

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon online trip maker.

You can drive from Somoto to Leon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Somoto in March, with highs in Leon at 96°F and lows at 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can 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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