21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua route planner
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Fly
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Granada
— 3 nights
Drive
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Matagalpa
— 2 nights
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Bus to Managua, Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
4
San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
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Bus to Peñas Blancas, Foot to Peñas Blancas, La Cruz, Bus to El Castillo
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El Castillo
— 1 day
Fly to Managua, Bus to Leon
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Leon
— 3 nights
Bus to Managua, Fly to Big Corn Island
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Granada — 3 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.
Shop till you drop at Mombacho Cigars and Soy Nica. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Merced and Iglesia de Xalteva. Explore Granada's surroundings by going to Volcán Masaya National Park (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's much more to do: stroll through Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, and admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip builder website.

London, UK to Granada is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Granada is minus 6 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Matagalpa.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Wildlife
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Matagalpa — 2 nights

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral, examine the collection at National Coffee Museum, then don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, then deepen your understanding at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, and finally examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matagalpa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to Matagalpa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Matagalpa can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.
Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Museums
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Isla de Ometepe — 3 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Explore hidden gems such as El Ceibo Museums and Cascada de San Ramon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Los Ramos and Museo Ometepe. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Rio Istian, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure, and ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

To see ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe online holiday planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from Matagalpa to Isla de Ometepe in 8.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to travel to San Juan del Sur.
Nature · Parks · Theme Parks · Museums
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San Juan del Sur — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Popoyo Beach and The Art Warehouse. Escape the urban bustle at Playa Hermosa and Playa el Coco. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur online travel route planner.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur by combination of ferry and bus takes about 3 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to travel to El Castillo.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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El Castillo — 1 day

Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción and then stroll through Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our El Castillo trip planner.

You can take a bus from San Juan del Sur to El Castillo in 7 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Leon.
Wildlife · Parks
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Leon — 3 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 a sense of the local culture at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus and Catedral de la Asunción. Take a break from the city and head to Cerro Negro Volcano and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Telica Volcano, shop like a local with Artesania de Leon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

Discover how to plan a Leon trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from El Castillo to Leon takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March in Leon, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Big Corn Island.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Big Corn Island trip planner.

Getting from Leon to Big Corn Island by combination of bus and flight takes about 13 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of car, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Leon in March, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Big Corn Island: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 27°C at night. On the 20th (Sun), you'll travel back home.
Tours · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.