31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly + bus:  11​h
1
Leon
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Matagalpa
— 2 nights
Drive + bus:  7​h 30​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 30​min
6
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h
7
Little Corn Island
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Big Corn Island
— 3 nights
Fly + shuttle:  3​h 30​min
9
Granada
— 5 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h
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: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan cerro negro, stop by Buho Books, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Leon using our trip planner.

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. Traveling from Montreal to Leon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Montreal in March; daily highs in Leon reach 41°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Esteli.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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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 27th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Esteli Waterfall. On your second day here, stop by Mujeres Ambientalistas, look for all kinds of wild species 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.

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Take a bus from Leon to Esteli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. March in Esteli sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Esteli

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature
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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Thu): 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 see the interesting displays at Casa museo comandante Carlos fonseca. On the 30th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, and then head outdoors with Cascada Santa Emilia.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Matagalpa travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Esteli to Matagalpa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Esteli in March: high temperatures in Matagalpa hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Matagalpa

#Museums, #Outdoors, #Historic Sites
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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 find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our El Castillo trip site .

Explore your travel options from Matagalpa to El Castillo with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in El Castillo

#Wildlife, #Parks
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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 4th (Wed), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. The adventure continues: stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, hike along Macua Tours & Travel, enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and admire all the interesting features of Spanish School House Rosa Silva.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from El Castillo to San Juan del Sur. In April, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to catcht the bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trip

Popoyo Beach
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 7:
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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, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria, and see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 1.5 hours. In April in Isla de Ometepe, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
Find places to stay Apr 7 — 10:
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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 photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Little Corn Island road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus, car, and ferry. In April in Little Corn Island, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. You will leave for Big Corn Island on the 13th (Fri).

Things to do in Little Corn Island

#Tours, #Outdoors, #Adventure
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3
nights
Big Corn Island

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): head off the coast to nautilus corn island and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Big Corn Island day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in April, and nighttime lows around 29°C. You'll set off for Granada on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Big Corn Island

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Adventure
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Managua (Santiago of Managua Cathedral, Puerto Salvador Allende, & more) and Laguna de Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, look for gifts at Masaya Crafts Market, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, and revel in the low prices at Mombacho Cigars.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Granada online road trip planner .

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. When traveling from Big Corn Island in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Granada, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Managua, Masaya Crafts Market, Apoyo
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 21:
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

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