Self Drive
Discover Nicaragua Self Drive
11 (Days / 10 Nights)

In Nicaragua there is a lot to see, and being able to enjoy it will all the freedom in the world is a great thing. Some of the interesting places you’ll see are: Managua, León, Granada, Ometepe and San Juan Del Sur.


Price includes:


Arrival & departure transfer  provided by the hotel

2 nts / Hotel Camino Real  Hotel / standard room / B
1 nt / Hotel BW Las Mercedes / standard room / B
1 nt / Selva Negra Lodge / standard room / B
2 nts / Hotel Almirante / standard room / B
2 nts / Finca Villa Paraiso / standard room / B
2 nts / Hotel Alcazar / internal view  room /B
10 days Hyundai Grand 10 (Automatic) car rental including free mileage and basic insurance(LDW)
All taxes and service charges

What to bring

Walking shoes, sunscreen, swim suits, casual clothes for nightlife and fine dining, insect repellent, map of Nicaragua, sandals - sunglasses & hat, necessary medications, rain jacket, a pocket-size English/Spanish dictionary, a small first aid kit, binoculars - Digital or regular camera with film, passport, travelers checks - cash (in US Dollars only, Euro are never accepted here!) Credit cards, drivers license.   

Day 01: Arrival to Managua

Upon arrival to Managua airport, you will be transferred to the hotel.


Lodging at the Camino Real Hotel in Managua.

Day 02: Managua / León

After breakfast, the rental car will be delivered to your hotel. Then, you will drive on your own towards León. Along the way you’ll enjoy impressive views of Lake Managua and Momotombo Volcano. The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy this beautiful colonial city!


(Approximate driving time from Managua to León is 2 hours and 15 minutes, and the distance is 100 km or 62 miles)


Lodging at BW Las Mercedes Hotel in León.

Day 03: Hervideros San Jacinto / Matagalpa: Selva Negra

Today you’ll head towards Selva Negra Lodge, in the mountains between Matagalpa and Jinotega. Along the way, you’ll pass by the Hervideros los Jacintos (Hot Springs). Afterwards, continue driving up the mountains, until reaching Matagalpa, one of the most important coffee production sites in the country.


Upon arrival to the lodge, we suggest you go on a walk in one of the local trails.

(Approximate driving time from León to Selva Negra: 3 hours and 30 minutes; distance: 180 km or 112 miles)


Lodging in Selva Negra in Matagalpa.

Day 04: Masaya Volcano / Granada

Today you will drive towards Granada. Along the way, visit Masaya Volcano National Park where you can get close to Santiago Crater. 

In the morning, you can take an invigorating bath in the lagoon…it’s the perfect way to start the day! Then, drive to colonial Granada, a beautiful and small colorful city. Many activities are possible here.


(Approximate driving time from Apoyo to Granada: 45minutes; distance: 30 km or 19 miles)


Lodging at the Hotel Almirante in Granada.

Day 05: Granada

Today is yours to spend at leisure.

Some optional activities available are Mombacho Volcano and a tour of the “isletas”.


Lodging at the Hotel Almirante in Granada.

Day 06: San Jorge / Santo Domingo Beach (Ometepe)

In the morning, drive towards San Jorge Port, following the Pan-American Highway. Upon arrival to the port, you will catch the ferry that departs at 10:30 am.


Once you arrive to the Ometepe Island, you’ll drive to Santo Domingo Beach. Along the way you’ll pass by several quaint villages, such as Alta Gracia.

(Approximate driving time from Granada to Santo Domingo: 3 hours; distance: 115 km or 72 miles).


Lodging at Villa Paraiso in Ometepe.

Day 07: Ometepe

Today is yours to spend at leisure in Ometepe.

We suggest an excursion to Maderas Volcano. During the dry season, is possible to do a route around the volcano.


Lodging at Villa Paraiso in Ometepe.

Day 08: San Juan del Sur

Today, drive to the port in Moyogalpa, the island’s main town. Once there, take the ferry to mainland, and drive south towards the laidback town of San Juan del Sur.


The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the town or visit other nearby beaches.

(Approximate driving time: 2 hours; distance: 65 km or 40 miles)


Lodging at Hotel Alcazar in San Juan Del Sur.

Day 09: San Juan del Sur

Spend the day at leisure in this town.


Lodging at Hotel Alcazar in San Juan Del Sur.

Day 10: San Juan del Sur / Managua

Today, drive back to Managua, where you’ll return the car. There are several routes you can choose from, for example, you can go through Masaya and stop by the market, or you can go by the less travelled La Concepción.

(Approximate driving time: 3 hours; distance: 180 km or 112 miles)


Lodging at the Camino Real Hotel in Managua.

Day 11: Departure from Managua

You’ll be transferred to the airport.

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Canada: 1-866-865-7013

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