60 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

60 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
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Granada
— 12 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 8 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 7 nights
Fly
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Little Corn Island
— 5 nights
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Big Corn Island
— 2 nights
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El Castillo
— 5 nights
Fly
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Matagalpa
— 5 nights
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Esteli
— 3 nights
Drive
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Somoto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Leon
— 8 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Charleston

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Granada

— 12 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Granada: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya (Volcán Masaya National Park & Masaya Volcano) and Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Granada vacation planner.

Charleston, USA to Granada is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Charleston to Granada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near San Juan del Sur: Rivas (Museo de Antropologia e Historia & Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas), Popoyo Beach (in Popoyo) and O Parks, WildLife and Recreation (in El Ostional). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In June in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 87°F during the day and 78°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Isla de Ometepe

— 7 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 (Wed) wandering through the wild on Dinarte's Rental. There's lots more to do: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria, get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe day trip website.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe by combination of bus and ferry takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Little Corn Island

— 5 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 plan includes some of its best attractions: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Little Corn Island road trip app.

Fly from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 78°F. On the 2nd (Fri), you'll travel to Big Corn Island.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Big Corn Island

— 2 nights
The larger of the two islands, Big Corn Island offers a laid-back atmosphere and tropical island scenery.
On the 3rd (Sat), step off the mainland to explore Nautilus Corn Island, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at Anahata Massage & Yoga.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Big Corn Island trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Little Corn Island to Big Corn Island with the Route module. In July in Big Corn Island, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 77°F at night. You'll set off for El Castillo on the 4th (Sun).

Things to do in Big Corn Island

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

El Castillo

— 5 nights
Take a break from El Castillo with a short trip to Iglesia de Mancarron in San Carlos, about 1h 25 min away.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our El Castillo itinerary site.

You can fly from Big Corn Island to El Castillo in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and bus. On the 9th (Fri), you're off to Matagalpa.

Things to do in El Castillo

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matagalpa

— 5 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Venture out of the city with trips to Jinotega (Cerro De La Cruz, Iglesia San Rafael del Norte, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Cerro Apante, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral, examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, and make a trip to Mirador El Calvario.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Matagalpa tour planner.

You can fly from El Castillo to Matagalpa in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Matagalpa are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Esteli.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Esteli

— 3 nights
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at National Reserve Tisey Estanzuela. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Reserva Natural Miraflor, shop like a local with Artesanías La Esquina - Handmade crafts, browse the exhibits of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, and take in the dramatic scenery at Esteli Waterfall.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Esteli road trip app.

Traveling by car from Matagalpa to Esteli takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Esteli sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Somoto.

Things to do in Esteli

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Trails

Somoto

— 4 nights
Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. Get out of town with these interesting Somoto side-trips: Ocotal (Parque Central & Cerro Mogoton (Highest Point in Nicaragua)). There's much more to do: take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Somoto, head outdoors with Somoto Extremo, and make a trip to Parque Central De Somoto.

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

Getting from Esteli to Somoto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Somoto sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 68°F at night. You will leave for Leon on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Somoto

Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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.
When in Leon, make a side trip to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas, approximately Las Penitas away. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, see Off-Road Tours, and get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Leon road trip planning tool.

Getting from Somoto to Leon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Somoto in July: high temperatures in Leon hover around 93°F and lows are around 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
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.