30 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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

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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Masaya Volcano (in Masaya), Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Mombacho, stroll through Islets of Granada, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada visit planner.

Newark, USA to Granada is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Newark to Granada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly to El Castillo.
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El Castillo — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): make a trip to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our El Castillo trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Granada to El Castillo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to fly to Big Corn Island.
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Big Corn Island — 1 night

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
On the 9th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at Anahata Massage & Yoga, then step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island vacation maker website.

Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Big Corn Island takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel 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 10th (Sat), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Little Corn Island online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Big Corn Island to Little Corn Island. In June in Little Corn Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 78°F at night. On the 11th (Sun), you'll 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.
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 San Juan del Sur Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip maker website.

Fly from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 78°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (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.
Spend the 20th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and examine the collection at Museo Ometepe.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Isla de Ometepe visit planner.

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 20th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Leon.
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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, stop by Artesania de Leon, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Leon trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Leon, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 76°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Esteli.
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Esteli — 1 night

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): trek along El Jalacate and then stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Esteli route planning site.

Getting from Leon to Esteli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leon in June; daily highs in Esteli reach 79°F and lows reach 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matagalpa.
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Matagalpa — 4 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matagalpa: Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz & Iglesia San Rafael del Norte). There's much more to do: gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao, head outdoors with Cascada Santa Emilia, and don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Matagalpa trip maker site.

Getting from Esteli to Matagalpa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In June in Matagalpa, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 68°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel 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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