60 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Granada
— 13 nights
Shuttle to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 6 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 8 nights
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Little Corn Island
— 4 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 3 nights
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El Castillo
— 4 nights
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Matagalpa
— 5 nights
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Esteli
— 4 nights
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Somoto
— 3 nights
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Leon
— 8 nights
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Granada — 13 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 find plenty of places to visit near Granada: Diriamba (Reloj Publico de Diriamba, Hervideros de San Jacinto, &more), Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya (Museo del Parque Volcan De Masaya & Masaya Volcano). The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, join in the after-dark buzz at Favilli Mansion Lounge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Montibelli Private National Reserve, and examine the collection at Mi Museo.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Granada road trip planner.

Barcelona, Spain to Granada is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. Traveling from Barcelona to Granada, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 6 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 23rd (Sat) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, and examine the collection at El Ceibo Museums.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe road trip planning site.

Do a combination of shuttle and ferry from Granada to Isla de Ometepe in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 8 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas in Rivas (about 1h 10 min away). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur day trip app.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly to Little Corn Island.
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Little Corn Island — 4 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.
Little Corn Island is known for wildlife, spas, and adventure. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Find out how to plan Little Corn Island trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by flight from San Juan del Sur to Little Corn Island takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Little Corn Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You will leave for Big Corn Island on the 6th (Sat).
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Big Corn Island — 3 nights

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Big Corn Island is known for wildlife, nature, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, head off the coast to Nautilus Corn Island, and relax and rejuvenate at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Big Corn Island visit planning tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island. In August, daily temperatures in Big Corn Island can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. You'll set off for El Castillo on the 9th (Tue).
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El Castillo — 4 nights

El Castillo is known for parks, sightseeing, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción, stroll through Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo, and head outdoors with Tarpon Nicaragua.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our El Castillo online vacation planner.

Fly from Big Corn Island to El Castillo in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of ferry and bus. You'll set off for Matagalpa on the 13th (Sat).
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Matagalpa — 5 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matagalpa: Jinotega (Ecoalbergue La Fundadora, Cerro De La Cruz, &more). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cerro Apante, gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, don't miss a visit to Catedral, and relax in the rural setting at Selva Negra Farm Tour.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Matagalpa online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Matagalpa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Matagalpa, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Esteli.
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Esteli — 4 nights

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor, look for gifts at Artesanías La Esquina - Handmade crafts, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, and take in the dramatic scenery at Esteli Waterfall.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Esteli online day trip planner.

Drive from Matagalpa to Esteli in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Somoto.
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Somoto — 3 nights

Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Somoto: Ocotal (Parque Central & Cerro Mogoton). It doesn't end there: take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Somoto and make a trip to Parque Central De Somoto.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Somoto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Esteli to Somoto takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Somoto are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leon.
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Leon — 8 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.
Take a break from Leon with a short trip to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas, about 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Leon travel planning website.

You can drive from Somoto to Leon in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Somoto in August, expect Leon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 39°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can 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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