23 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

23 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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


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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate the waterfront views at Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, and get a taste of local nightlife at Mombacho Cigars.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Granada road trip site.

Cairo, Egypt to Granada is an approximately 26-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -8 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Little Corn Island.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas
Side Trip
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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Little Corn Island travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Granada to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. December in Little Corn Island sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Big Corn Island.
Tours · Spas · Wildlife · Outdoors
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Big Corn Island holiday builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In December, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 9th (Fri), you'll travel to San Juan del Sur.
Tours · Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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San Juan del Sur — 3 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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip builder tool.

Getting from Big Corn Island to San Juan del Sur by combination of flight and taxi takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and taxi; or fly. In December in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Isla de Ometepe — 5 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Spend the 17th (Sat) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure, get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe visit planner.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Leon.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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Leon — 5 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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, push the limits with an extreme tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and contemplate the long history of Ruins of Leon Viejo.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Leon trip planner.

Take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums
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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.