57 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

57 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua visit planner
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Fly
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Granada
— 13 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 9 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 6 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
Unknown
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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El Castillo
— 4 nights
Bus
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Matagalpa
— 4 nights
Drive
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Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Somoto
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Leon
— 10 nights
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Granada — 13 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya (Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya & Masaya Volcano) and Iglesia San Juan Bautista (in Masatepe). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Granada trip maker site.

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 9 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan del Sur: O Parks, WildLife and Recreation (in El Ostional), Rivas (Museo de Antropologia e Historia & Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas) and Hacienda Iguana Golf (in Tola). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and trot along with Rancho Chilamate Eco Guest Ranch & Horseback Adventures.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur route planning website.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In November in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Find places to stay Nov 4 — 13:

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.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, wander the streets of Los Ramos, examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe travel route builder tool.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe by combination of bus and ferry takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Little Corn Island trip planning website.

You can fly from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. In November, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 75°F. You will leave for Big Corn Island on the 21st (Sat).
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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.
On the 22nd (Sun), step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

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

The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in November, and nighttime lows around 75°F. You'll set off for El Castillo on the 23rd (Mon).
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El Castillo — 4 nights

Take a break from El Castillo with a short trip to Iglesia de Mancarron in San Carlos, about 1h 25 min away.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the El Castillo online tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from Big Corn Island to El Castillo in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus 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 (Cerro De La Cruz & Iglesia San Rafael del Norte). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cerro Apante, admire the sheer force of La Cascada de la Luna, don't miss a visit to Catedral, and experience rural life at Selva Negra Farm Tour.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Matagalpa driving holiday planner.

You can take a bus from El Castillo to Matagalpa in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Matagalpa can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) 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 4th (Fri) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor, take in the local highlights with Highland Tours, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, and take in the dramatic scenery at Esteli Waterfall.

To find ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Esteli road trip planning app.

Drive from Matagalpa to Esteli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Esteli are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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. Change things up with these side-trips from Somoto: Ocotal (Cerro Mogoton & Parque Central). There's still lots to do: skim along the rocks with Somoto Canyon Tours, take in breathtaking views at Somoto Extremo, and make a trip to Parque Central De Somoto.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Somoto trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Esteli to Somoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Somoto are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Leon.
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Leon — 10 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.
Explore Leon's surroundings by going to Ecodetur Cosiguina Volcano Day Tour (in El Viejo), Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas) and Chinandega (Parroquia Santa Ana & Chorotega-Nicarao Museum). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion, and trot along with Mas Adventures.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Leon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Somoto to Leon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Somoto in December, expect Leon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 91°F and 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to fly 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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