13 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

13 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly
1
Managua
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Leon
— 3 nights
Bus
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
4
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Matagalpa
— 1 night
Drive
6
Granada
— 1 night
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Managua — 2 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Duran Tours Nicaragua has been added to your itinerary. On the 10th (Sat), do sightseeing your way with Duran Tours Nicaragua. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Montibelli Private National Reserve, get impressive views of Masaya Volcano, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Nacional.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Managua online trip itinerary planner.

Accra, Ghana to Managua is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Accra to Managua due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Leon.
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Leon — 3 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.
On the 13th (Tue), examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, look for gifts at Artesania de Leon, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción. On the next day, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion.

For more things to do and more tourist information, read Leon trip planner.

Getting from Managua to Leon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September in Leon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 15th (Thu), head off the coast to Isla Ometepe. Here are some ideas for day two: get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion and then admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe attractions app.

Take a bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.
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San Juan del Sur — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then head outdoors with Costa Dulce Beach.

To find reviews and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Matagalpa.
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Matagalpa — 1 night

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral and then gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Matagalpa day trip site.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Matagalpa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from San Juan del Sur in September, things will get slightly colder in Matagalpa: highs are around 31°C and lows about 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Granada.
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Granada — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of local nightlife at Mombacho Cigars, examine the collection at Mi Museo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, then contemplate the long history of Palacio Episcopal, and finally explore the activities along Apoyo.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Granada trip builder tool.

You can drive from Matagalpa to Granada in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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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.
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