22 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

22 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

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22 days in Costa Rica & Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Berlin, Germany
Fly:  23​h 15​min
1
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + ferry + bus:  3​h
2
Managua, Nicaragua
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Granada, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Monteverde, Costa Rica
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 5 nights
Drive:  9​h
6
Carate, Costa Rica
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 15​min
7
San Jose, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Berlin, Germany

3
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
You'll get in some beach time at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Punta Jesus Maria. Step out of the city life by going to San Juan del Sur Beach and Isla Ometepe. Change things up with these side-trips from Isla de Ometepe: San Juan del Sur (Spanish School House Rosa Silva & Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde and examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip itinerary tool .

Berlin, Germany to Isla de Ometepe is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 7 hours. In February, daytime highs in Isla de Ometepe are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Managua.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe

1
night
Managua, Nicaragua

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.
On the 26th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, don't miss a visit to Plaza de la Revolucion, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Museum National Palace of the Culture.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Managua trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Managua takes 3 hours. Traveling from Isla de Ometepe in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 25°C in Managua. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites
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Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende
Plaza de la Revolucion ©
Plaza de la Revolucion

2
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

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.
On the 27th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, and then head off the coast to Zapatera Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Managua to Granada in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February in Granada, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Monteverde.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Zapatera Island ©
Zapatera Island
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

3
nights
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Monteverde ©
Monteverde is all about natural attractions, not surprising for an eco-tourism hotspot known for its cloud forests and rich diversity of animal life.
Get in touch with nature at Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve and Zipline. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Curi Cancha Reserve, stop by Hummingbird Gallery, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at The Bat Jungle.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Monteverde trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Granada to Monteverde takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Monteverde

Parks Wildlife Tours
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Zipline
Curi Cancha Reserve ©
Curi Cancha Reserve

5
nights
La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos ©
Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal). There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Tabacon Hot Springs, take in the dramatic scenery at La Fortuna Waterfall, take in the natural beauty of Baldi Hot Springs, and hike along Arenal Natura Ecological Park.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions planner.

You can drive from Monteverde to La Fortuna de San Carlos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carate.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
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Tabacon Hot Springs ©
Tabacon Hot Springs
River Rafting & Tubing
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

1
night
Carate, Costa Rica

Carate
To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Carate online road trip planner .

You can drive from La Fortuna de San Carlos to Carate in 9.5 hours. On the 9th (Fri), you're off toSan Jose.

Things to do in Carate

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
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4
nights
San Jose, Costa Rica

San Jose ©
A trip to San Jose, the capital, commercial center, and cultural hub of Costa Rica, gives you a chance to experience the lively atmosphere and rich cultural past of this vibrant country.
Step out of the city life by going to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and Zoo Ave. Get out of town with these interesting San Jose side-trips: Poas Volcano (in Poas Volcano National Park) and Toucan Rescue Ranch (in San Isidro). There's lots more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, view the masterpieces at Galeria Namu, admire the masterpieces at Museo de Arte Costarricense, and stop by Libreria Internacional.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our San Jose day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Carate to San Jose takes 8 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Jose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Poas Volcano, Toucan Rescue Ranch, Zoo Ave, La Paz Waterfall Gardens
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Toucan Rescue Ranch ©
Toucan Rescue Ranch
Poas Volcano
Poas Volcano
La Paz Waterfall Gardens ©
La Paz Waterfall Gardens

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