31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + bus:  10​h 45​min
1
Leon
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Matagalpa
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  7​h 15​min
4
El Castillo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + bus:  4​h 30​min
5
San Juan del Sur
— 5 nights
+2
bus + ferry + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Little Corn Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Big Corn Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
9
Granada
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Montreal

4
nights
Leon

Leon ©
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, historic sites, beaches, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Volcan cerro negro, stroll through Playa Las Penitas, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Poneloya, and see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion.

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Montreal, Canada to Leon is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, Leon is warmer than Montreal - with highs of 41°C and lows of 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Esteli.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 1:
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Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

3
nights
Esteli

Esteli ©
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Esteli Waterfall. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Mujeres Ambientalistas, then identify plant and animal life at Reserva Natural Miraflor, then take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, and finally look for gifts at Artesanias La Esquina.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Esteli trip website .

You can take a bus from Leon to Esteli in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In May in Esteli, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Esteli

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
Find places to stay May 1 — 4:
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Reserva Natural Miraflor ©
Reserva Natural Miraflor
Esteli Waterfall ©
Esteli Waterfall

2
nights
Matagalpa

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
On the 4th (Fri), see the interesting displays at National Coffee Museum, examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, then explore and take pictures at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, and finally examine the collection at Casa museo comandante Carlos fonseca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Catedral, don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, and then get outside with Cascada Santa Emilia.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matagalpa day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Esteli to Matagalpa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Esteli in May, expect Matagalpa to be little chillier, temps between 32°C and 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Matagalpa

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
Find places to stay May 4 — 6:
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El Castillo del cacao ©
El Castillo del cacao
Escuela de Espanol Colibri ©
Escuela de Espanol Colibri
Casa museo comandante Carlos fonseca ©

2
nights
El Castillo

El Castillo ©
To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our El Castillo trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Matagalpa to El Castillo with the Route module. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in El Castillo

#Wildlife, #Parks
Find places to stay May 6 — 8:
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Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz ©
Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz

5
nights
San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur ©
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.
On the 10th (Thu), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, admire all the interesting features of Spanish School House Rosa Silva, trek along Macua Tours & Travel, and have some family-friendly fun at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Castillo to San Juan del Sur. In May, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Popoyo Beach
Find places to stay May 8 — 13:
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

3
nights
Isla de Ometepe

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.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, museums, beaches, adventure, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, tour the pleasant surroundings at Punta Jesus Maria, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe online trip itinerary builder .

Take a bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the flight to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay May 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

3
nights
Little Corn Island

Little Corn Island
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.
Little Corn Island is known for adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Little Corn Island road trip site .

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In May, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll set off for Big Corn Island on the 19th (Sat).

Things to do in Little Corn Island

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:

3
nights
Big Corn Island

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
On the 20th (Sun), step off the mainland to explore nautilus corn island and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island road trip site .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In May, daytime highs in Big Corn Island are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll set off for Granada on the 22nd (Tue).

Things to do in Big Corn Island

#Wildlife, #Tours, #Nature
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Granada

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Managua (Santiago of Managua Cathedral, Puerto Salvador Allende, & more) and Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, get impressive views of Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada trip builder website .

Getting from Big Corn Island to Granada by combination of flight and shuttle takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Big Corn Island in May: highs in Granada hover around 40°C, while lows dip to 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Granada

#Nature, #Parks, #Shopping

Side Trips

Managua, Apoyo, Masaya Crafts Market
Find places to stay May 22 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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