22 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Matagalpa
— 2 nights
— 4 nights
Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 5 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe
— 4 nights
— 4 nights


Matagalpa — 2 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and La Cascada de la Luna. Escape the urban bustle at Cerro Apante and Cascada Santa Emilia. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral, don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, and examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao.

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Miami, USA to Matagalpa is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Miami to Matagalpa, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October, Matagalpa is little chillier than Miami - with highs of 79°F and lows of 67°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.
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Granada — 4 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.
Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya and Mi Museo will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Nature & Wildlife Tours. When in Granada, make a side trip to see Mirador de Catarina in Catarina, approximately Catarina away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, stop by Soy Nica, pause for some photo ops at monument of Cordoba, and steep yourself in history at Old Railway Station.

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Getting from Matagalpa to Granada by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) 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.
On the 8th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: 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. In October, daily temperatures in Little Corn Island can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 5 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.
Let the collections at The Art Warehouse and Museo de Antropologia e Historia capture your imagination. Get in touch with nature at Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures and Marsella Valley Nature Center. Explore San Juan del Sur's surroundings by going to Hacienda Iguana Golf (in Tola) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa, stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur online route builder.

You can fly from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in October, and nighttime lows around 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 4 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Do some cultural sightseeing at El Ceibo Museums and Museo Ometepe. Step off the beaten path and head to Dinarte's Rental and Chico Largo Adventure. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Los Ramos, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Jesus Maria, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian.

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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 18th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Leon.
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Leon — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Telica Volcano and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museo Ruben Dario and Flor de Cana Tour. When in Leon, make a side trip to see Chorotega-Nicarao Museum in Chinandega, approximately Chinandega away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, delve into the distant past at Ruins of Leon Viejo, stop by The Souvenir Factory, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Entomologico de Leon.

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Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Leon, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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.