28 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Esteli: Jinotega (Iglesia San Rafael del Norte & Catedral San Juan). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor, hike along El Jalacate, and take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Esteli tour itinerary planning site.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Esteli is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Esteli is minus 7 hours. In January, Esteli is much hotter than Amsterdam - with highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.
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Leon — 6 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.
Step out of Leon with an excursion to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion, steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Esteli to Leon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Esteli in January, with highs in Leon at 39°C and lows at 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.
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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 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. Next up on the itinerary: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, and get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe planning app.

You can take a bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to travel 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Playa Redonda in Playa Redonda (about 1h 10 min away). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach.

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Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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 25th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Little Corn Island day trip site.

Fly from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. In January in Little Corn Island, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Granada.
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Granada — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Granada trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Little Corn Island to Granada by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can 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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