35 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Leon
— 6 nights
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Esteli
— 3 nights
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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
— 6 nights
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 1 night
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El Castillo
— 1 night
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Granada
— 9 nights
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Leon attractions planning app.

Manchester, UK to Leon is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Central Standard Time (CST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In January, Leon is much hotter than Manchester - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Esteli.
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Esteli — 3 nights

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jinotega (Iglesia San Rafael del Norte & Catedral San Juan) and Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo (in Sebaco). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor, trek along El Jalacate, get engrossed in the history at Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, and admire the sheer force of Esteli Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Esteli attractions planner.

You can drive from Leon to Esteli in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, Esteli is little chillier than Leon - with highs of 27°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to catch the 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.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion, see the interesting displays at El Ceibo Museums, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe visit planner.

Traveling by bus from Esteli to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 6 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.
When in San Juan del Sur, make a side trip to see Playa Redonda in Playa Redonda, approximately Playa Redonda away. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Playa Hermosa, and relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to fly 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Little Corn Island day trip planner.

Fly from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel 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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Big Corn Island trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island with the Route module. In January, daytime highs in Big Corn Island are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to El Castillo.
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El Castillo — 1 night

On the 26th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the El Castillo travel planner.

Fly from Big Corn Island to El Castillo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Granada.
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Granada — 9 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: Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina), Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya (Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya & Masaya Volcano). There's still lots to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Granada day trip planner.

Getting from El Castillo to Granada by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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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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