11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Managua
Drive:  45​min
1
Granada
— 3 nights
2
Jinotega
— 2 nights
3
Managua
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
4
Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
Travel:  2​h 45​min
5
Big Corn Island
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
End: Managua

3
nights
Granada

Granada ©
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.
Step out of Granada to go to La Laguna de Apoyo and see Laguna de Apoyo, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and look for gifts at Masaya Crafts Market.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Granada day trip app .

Managua to Granada is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Granada can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to Jinotega.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Masaya
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve ©

2
nights
Jinotega

Jinotega ©
The city of Jinotega is the capital of the department of Jinotega in the north central region of Nicaragua.The city is located in a long valley surrounded by the cool climate and Dariense Isabelia ridge located 142km north of the capital Managua. On the 6th (Sun), look for gifts at Artesanias Mujeres del Plomo, then admire all the interesting features of Eco Albergue La Fundadora, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral San Juan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get great views at Cerro De La Cruz and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jinotega trip builder website .

You can drive from Granada to Jinotega in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Granada in May; daily highs in Jinotega reach 32°C and lows reach 23°C. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Managua.

Things to do in Jinotega

Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Artesanias Mujeres del Plomo
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Catedral San Juan ©
Catedral San Juan
Iglesia San Rafael del Norte ©
Iglesia San Rafael del Norte
Artesanias Mujeres del Plomo ©
Artesanias Mujeres del Plomo

2
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Managua

Managua ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): ponder the world of politics at Museum National Palace of the Culture, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Revolucion, then make a trip to Puerto Salvador Allende, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with MundoVentura and then make a trip to Loma de Tiscapa.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Managua trip planning site .

You can drive from Jinotega to Managua in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Managua

Outdoors Historic Sites
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MundoVentura ©
MundoVentura
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral

2
nights
Little Corn Island

Little Corn Island
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.
On the 10th (Thu), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Little Corn Island trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Managua to Little Corn Island in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In May in Little Corn Island, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Tours Outdoors Adventure
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1
night
Big Corn Island

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then step off the mainland to explore nautilus corn island.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Big Corn Island online tour planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. May in Big Corn Island sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Nature Parks Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

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