Self Drive
Self Drive in Nicaragua
8 (Days / 7 Nights)

Nicaragua is a great country to discover on your own. There is a lot to see, and much of it is within a short distance, so you won’t spend a lot of time traveling from place to place. In this trip you’ll see amazing Nicaraguan highlights: Granada, León and Ometepe.


2 nts / Contempo Boutique Hotel / contempo room / B

1 nt / Hotel El Convento / standard room / B

1 nt / Selva Negra Lodge / standard room /no meals

1 nt / Hotel Grand Francia / Classic room / B

1 nt / Finca San Juan de la Isla / standard room / B

7 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 your city hotel.


Lodging at the Contempo Boutique Hotel in Managua.

Day 02: Managua / León (B)

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 El Convento Hotel in León.

Day 03: Hervideros San Jacinto / Matagalpa: Selva Negra (B)

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 at the Selva Negra Lodge in Matagalpa.

Day 04: Masaya Volcano / Granada (B)

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 Grand Francia in Granada.

Day 05: Granada (B)

Today is yours to spend at leisure. Some optional activities available are Mombacho Volcano and a tour of the “isletas”.


Lodging at the Hotel Grand Francia in Granada.

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

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 San Juan de La Isla in Ometepe.

Day 07: Santo Domingo / Managua (B)

Today you will drive around Concepción Volcano until you reach Moyogalpa, the main town. There, you’ll take the ferry back to the mainland port. From there, you’ll drive back to Managua, where you’ll return the car.


(Approximate driving time: 3 hours and 15 minutes; distance: 165 km or 103 miles).


Lodging at the Contempo Boutique Hotel in Managua.

Day 08: Departure from Managua (B)

You’ll be transferred to the airport.

Call Toll Free

USA: 1-888-803-3344

Canada: 1-866-865-7013

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