31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

31 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Matagalpa
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Matagalpa
— 4 nights
Bus to Managua, Fly to Puerto Cabezas
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Puerto Cabezas
— 2 nights
Fly
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Granada
— 5 nights
Fly
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El Castillo
— 3 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 2 nights
Fly
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San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
Bus
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Leon
— 5 nights
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and Catedral. Step out of Matagalpa with an excursion to Cerro De La Cruz in Jinotega--about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante, see the interesting displays at National Coffee Museum, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, and take in the dramatic scenery at La Cascada de la Luna.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Matagalpa online day trip planner.

Miami, USA to Matagalpa is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Miami in October; daily highs in Matagalpa reach 79°F and lows reach 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Puerto Cabezas.
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Puerto Cabezas — 2 nights

Puerto Cabezas is a municipality in Nicaragua. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): gain insight with Adventurenica and then explore the activities along Bocanita Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Puerto Cabezas trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Matagalpa to Puerto Cabezas in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Matagalpa in October, with highs in Puerto Cabezas at 86°F and lows at 76°F. You'll set off for Granada on the 7th (Fri).
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Granada — 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Guadalupe Church and Mirador de Catarina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Masaya (Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya & Masaya Volcano). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mombacho Volcano National Preserve, and look for gifts at Soy Nica.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Granada trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Puerto Cabezas to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to fly to El Castillo.
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El Castillo — 3 nights

Explore hidden gems such as Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción and Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo. Go for a jaunt from El Castillo to San Carlos to see San Carlos Sport Fishing about 1h 20 min away.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our El Castillo road trip planner.

Getting from Granada to El Castillo by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to 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 16th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, you can read our Little Corn Island tour planning site.

Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Little Corn Island takes 6 hours. In October, daytime highs in Little Corn Island are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. You will leave for San Juan del Sur on the 17th (Mon).
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San Juan del Sur — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas & Wellness and Marsella Valley Nature Center. Explore San Juan del Sur's surroundings by going to Museo de Antropologia e Historia (in Rivas), Hacienda Iguana Golf (in Tola) and Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures, shop like a local with The Art Warehouse, stroll through La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur route planner.

You can fly from Little Corn Island to San Juan del Sur in 2.5 hours. In October in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Chico Largo Adventure and El Ceibo Museums. Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian, wander the streets of Los Ramos, see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe, and admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe visit site.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Telica Volcano and Museo Ruben Dario. Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Hervideros de San Jacinto (in San Jacinto), Flor de Cana Tour (in Chinandega) and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, look for gifts at Buho Books, and learn more about the world around you at Museo Entomologico de Leon.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Leon online vacation planner.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 88°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to 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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