7 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

7 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua holiday planner
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— 1 night
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights


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.
On the 12th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Parque Xalteva and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva. On the next day, admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Cementerio De Granada, then admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada, and finally examine the collection at Mi Museo.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Granada trip planner.

New York City, USA to Granada is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from New York City to Granada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.
Historic Sites · Museums
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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.
On the 14th (Mon), shop like a local with The Art Warehouse, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then see some colorful creatures with Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): kick back and relax at Playa Hermosa and then enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur trip planning site.

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. November in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matagalpa.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, then don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, then gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Matagalpa online visit planner.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Matagalpa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In November, Matagalpa is a bit cooler than San Juan del Sur - with highs of 77°F and lows of 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Leon.
Historic Sites · Museums
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Leon — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Leon vacation planning app.

You can drive from Matagalpa to Leon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Matagalpa in November, things will get a bit warmer in Leon: highs are around 89°F and lows about 74°F. You will leave for home on the 18th (Fri).
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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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.