15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
— 2 nights
— 3 nights
Isla de Ometepe
— 4 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Mogadishu


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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo), Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Granada (Parque Xalteva, Palacio Episcopal, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mezquita De Managua.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Managua online trip itinerary builder.

Mogadishu, Somalia to Managua is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Mogadishu to Managua, you'll gain 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Step out of Leon with an excursion to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas--about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and stop by Artesania de Leon.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Leon route maker tool.

Traveling by car from Managua to Leon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 4 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Step out of Isla de Ometepe with an excursion to Mombacho in Granada--about 1h 55 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, admire the sheer force of Cascada de San Ramon, and ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Isla de Ometepe visit planner.

You can take a bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Another option is to 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 — 3 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.
On the 18th (Sun), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks and then look for all kinds of wild species at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur day trip planning site.

Do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus. In December, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

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.