45 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

45 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
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Granada
— 9 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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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
— 7 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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Leon
— 9 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Port Elizabeth

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Granada

— 9 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iglesia de La Merced and ChocoMuseo Granada. You'll explore and learn at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco and Mi Museo. Venture out of the city with trips to Masaya (Volcán Masaya National Park & Masaya Volcano), Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago (in Jinotepe) and Hervideros de San Jacinto (in Diriamba). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, and get impressive views of Mombacho.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada itinerary maker tool.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa to Granada is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll gain 8 hours traveling from Port Elizabeth to Granada due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — Nov 1:

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.
Get outdoors at Laguna Charco Verde and Dinarte's Rental. Appreciate the collections at El Ceibo Museums and Museo Ometepe. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria, get answers to all your questions at Los Ramos, and find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe tour planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:

San Juan del Sur

— 7 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Warehouse and Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas. Get in touch with nature at San Juan del Sur Beach and Costa Dulce Beach. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip maker site.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 7 — 14:

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: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Little Corn Island tour planning tool.

You can fly from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Tours · Wildlife · Spas · Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:

Big Corn Island

— 3 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 17th (Wed): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

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

Explore your travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 19th (Fri), you're off to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Tours · Nature · Wildlife · Spas
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 19:

Matagalpa

— 4 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Popular historic sites such as Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and Catedral are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Castillo del cacao and Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Cerro Apante, examine the collection at Casa museo comandante Carlos fonseca, and make a trip to Mirador El Calvario.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Matagalpa trip itinerary planning website.

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. Traveling from Big Corn Island in November, expect Matagalpa to be slightly colder, temps between 29°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Esteli.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 19 — 23:

Esteli

— 2 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
On the 24th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along El Jalacate and then explore the galleries of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Esteli trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Matagalpa to Esteli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Esteli, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Trails · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

Leon

— 9 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian and Museo Ruben Dario. Let the collections at Museo de la Revolucion and Museo Entomologico de Leon capture your imagination. Explore Leon's surroundings by going to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas) and Chinandega (Parroquia Santa Ana & Chorotega-Nicarao Museum). There's much more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Leon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Esteli to Leon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, Leon is somewhat warmer than Esteli - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Leon

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 4:

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.