30 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

30 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Granada
— 7 nights
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
Fly to Bluefields, Taxi to San Juan del Sur
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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
— 5 nights
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Esteli
— 2 nights
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Leon
— 6 nights
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Granada

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Masaya (Volcán Masaya National Park & Masaya Volcano) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the waterfront views at Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Granada online itinerary planner.

Lisbon, Portugal to Granada is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Lisbon to Granada due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can fly to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 17:

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): 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, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Little Corn Island road trip website.

Traveling by flight from Granada to Little Corn Island takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. In January, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Tours · Wildlife · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

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 20th (Thu): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island tour itinerary planning app.

Explore your travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island with the Route module. In January in Big Corn Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 21st (Fri), you'll travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 21:

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 spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Big Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. In January in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 26:

Isla de Ometepe

— 5 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, beaches, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, see the interesting displays at El Ceibo Museums, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can take a bus to Esteli.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 31:

Esteli

— 2 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
On the 1st (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor and then browse the exhibits of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Esteli Waterfall and then stroll through El Jalacate.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Esteli travel planning tool.

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Esteli takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. January in Esteli sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Trails
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 2:

Leon

— 6 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.
Step out of Leon to go to Las Penitas and see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, browse the exhibits of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leon trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Esteli to Leon in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Esteli in February: high temperatures in Leon hover around 40°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 8:

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.