55 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

55 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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55 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Drive:  37​h
1
Leon
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Esteli
— 6 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Matagalpa
— 6 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Isla de Ometepe
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
San Juan del Sur
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Granada
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
El Castillo
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Big Corn Island
— 6 nights
Fly:  41​h
End: Chennai

6
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Playa Las Penitas and Playa Poneloya. Visiting Volcan cerro negro and Telica Volcano will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Leon side-trips: Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve (in Las Penitas) and Chinandega (Chorotega-Nicarao Museum & Flor de Cana Tour). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

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Chennai, India to Leon is an approximately 37-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 11 hours traveling from Chennai to Leon. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Esteli.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Chinandega, Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, Estero Padre Ramos Nature Reserve
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

6
nights
Esteli

Esteli ©
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Get in touch with nature at Reserva Natural Miraflor and Somoto Canyon. Explore Esteli's surroundings by going to Ocotal (Parque Central & Cerro Mogoton (Highest Point in Nicaragua)) and Somoto (Parque Central De Somoto & Somoto Extremo). Spend the 14th (Wed) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, identify plant and animal life at UCA MiraFlor Naturalmente, stop by Mujeres Ambientalistas, and admire the sheer force of Esteli Waterfall.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Esteli trip tool .

You can drive from Leon to Esteli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leon in August; daily highs in Esteli reach 31°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to take a bus to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Somoto, Ocotal
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Reserva Natural Miraflor ©
Reserva Natural Miraflor
El Jalacate ©
El Jalacate
Cañón de Somoto ©
Cañón de Somoto

6
nights
Matagalpa

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and Catedral will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo and Catedral San Juan. Get out of town with these interesting Matagalpa side-trips: Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz, Ecoalbergue La Fundadora, & more). On the 17th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Cerro Apante. There's much more to do: examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, identify plant and animal life at Finca Agro-Ecoturistica La Hermandad, and get in on the family fun at La Cascada de la Luna.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Matagalpa online itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Esteli to Matagalpa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Matagalpa are 31°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Jinotega, Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo, Artesanias Mujeres del Plomo
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Cerro Apante ©
Cerro Apante
Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo ©
Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo
El Castillo del cacao ©
El Castillo del cacao

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Isla Ometepe and Volcan Maderas. You'll explore and learn at Museum El Ceibo and Museo Ometepe. Step out of Isla de Ometepe to go to San Ramon and see San Ramon Waterfall, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, explore the activities along Rio Istian, admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon, and wander the streets of Los Ramos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Isla de Ometepe trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by bus from Matagalpa to Isla de Ometepe takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

San Ramon Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

7
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.
Get in touch with nature at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and San Juan del Sur Beach. The Art Warehouse and ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting San Juan del Sur side-trips: Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo) and O Parks, WildLife and Recreation (in El Ostional). On the 30th (Fri), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, kick back and relax at Playa el Coco, and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

Plan my trip to San Juan del Sur with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Bordport, Popoyo Beach, O Parks, WildLife and Recreation
Highlights from your plan
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Zipline

8
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.
ChocoMuseo Granada and Volcán Masaya National Park will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de La Merced and Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco. Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: La Laguna de Apoyo (Apoyo & Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo), Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago (in Jinotepe) and Masaya Volcano (in Masaya). On the 10th (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Mombacho, take in the exciting artwork at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, examine the collection at Mi Museo, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mombacho Volcano National Preserve.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Granada holiday planner .

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a shuttle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Masaya, Gaia Estate, Iglesia Parroquial de Santiago, Iglesia San Juan Bautista
Highlights from your plan
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
ChocoMuseo Granada ©
ChocoMuseo Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho

6
nights
El Castillo

El Castillo ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Iglesia de Mancarron and San Carlos Fortress. Take a break from the city and head to Indio Maiz Biological Reserve and Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo. Venture out of the city with trips to San Carlos (Centro Ecologico Los Guatuzos, Zapote Island, & more).

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the El Castillo trip planner .

Fly from Granada to El Castillo in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. You will leave for Big Corn Island on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in El Castillo

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

San Carlos, Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo
Highlights from your plan
Indio Maiz Biological Reserve ©
Indio Maiz Biological Reserve
Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz ©
Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz
Reserva Silvestre Privada Montecristo ©

6
nights
Big Corn Island

The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
Get outdoors at Scuba & Snorkeling and nautilus corn island.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Big Corn Island planner .

Traveling by flight from El Castillo to Big Corn Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 24th (Tue).

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
nautilus corn island ©
nautilus corn island

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