32 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

32 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Granada
— 5 nights
Fly
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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
— 4 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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Managua
— 4 nights
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Leon
— 6 nights
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Granada

— 5 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: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, get impressive views of Mombacho, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and get a taste of the local shopping with Masaya Crafts Market.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Granada tour itinerary planning tool.

Paris, France to Granada is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 5:

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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Fly from Granada to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Wildlife · Outdoors · Spas · Tours
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:

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 8th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:

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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, soothe aching muscles at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, and enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur itinerary planner.

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. December in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

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: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Jesus Maria.

Make your Isla de Ometepe itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Esteli.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:

Esteli

— 2 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
On the 19th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor and then explore the galleries 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, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Esteli online travel planner.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Esteli in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Managua.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Managua

— 4 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Managua: Masaya (Volcán Masaya National Park & Masaya Volcano) and Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe). The adventure continues: make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, admire the striking features of PALACIO DE LA CULTURA, and identify plant and animal life at Dive Nicaragua.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Managua day trip site.

You can drive from Esteli to Managua in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Managua

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 24:

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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, push the limits with an extreme tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Leon online road trip planner.

Getting from Managua to Leon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Leon

Museums · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 30:

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.