28 days in New York City, Nicaragua & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

28 days in New York City, Nicaragua & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

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28 days in New York City, Nicaragua & Bocas del Toro Province Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv, Israel
Fly + Bus:  14​h
1
New York City, United States
— 8 nights
+2
Bus + Fly + Bus:  12​h 30​min
2
Leon, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Esteli, Nicaragua
— 2 nights
Drive:  13​h 30​min
4
Changuinola, Panama
— 1 night
Bus + Ferry:  1​h 15​min
5
Bocas Town, Panama
— 4 nights
Fly + Shuttle:  13​h
6
Granada, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Tel Aviv, Israel

8
nights
New York City, United States

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, and don't miss a visit to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our New York City route planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to New York City is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Tel Aviv to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, New York City is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 31°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2
nights
Leon, Nicaragua

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 shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Asunción, and stop by Juanmarcos Design.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Leon road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from New York City to Leon takes 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Leon to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Esteli.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Momotombo ©
Momotombo
Telica Volcano ©
Telica Volcano

2
nights
Esteli, Nicaragua

Esteli ©
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trek along El Jalacate and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Miraflor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela, take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, and then look for gifts at Mujeres Ambientalistas.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Esteli trip maker website .

Getting from Leon to Esteli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In October, Esteli is little chillier than Leon - with highs of 30°C and lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Changuinola.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Reserva Natural Miraflor ©
Reserva Natural Miraflor
El Jalacate ©
El Jalacate

1
night
Changuinola, Panama

Changuinola ©
Changuinola is a city in the Bocas del Toro Province of Panama and seat city of the Changuinola District. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step off the mainland to explore Isla Pajaros. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio San San and then head outdoors with Aamvecona.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Changuinola route builder website .

Getting from Esteli to Changuinola by car takes about 12 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Esteli to Changuinola due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel to Bocas Town.

Things to do in Changuinola

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Isla Pajaros
Highlights from your plan
Isla Pajaros ©
Isla Pajaros
Aamvecona ©
Aamvecona

4
nights
Bocas Town, Panama

Bocas Town ©
The colorful and relaxed Bocas Town has a welcoming atmosphere, with the modestly sized urban area showcasing typical Caribbean clapboard houses and home to a mixed community from across the world.
Go for a jaunt from Bocas Town to Bluff Beach to see Playa Bluff about 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by Up In The Hill, kick back and relax at Boca del Drago, and see the sky in a new way at Plastic Bottle Village.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Bocas Town attractions tool .

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Changuinola to Bocas Town in 1.5 hours. In October in Bocas Town, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Granada.

Things to do in Bocas Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Isla Colon, Up In The Hill, Playa Bluff
Highlights from your plan
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden ©
Finca Los Monos Botanical Garden
Scuba & Snorkeling
Boca del Drago ©
Boca del Drago

3
nights
Granada, Nicaragua

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina), La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, head off the coast to Islets of Granada, and see the interesting displays at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Granada tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of ferry, bus, flight, and shuttle from Bocas Town to Granada takes 13 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of ferry, car, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Bocas Town to Granada is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Masaya, Mirador de Catarina
Highlights from your plan
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo

3
nights
Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde and then get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian and then get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian

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