11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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11 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Edmonton
Fly + shuttle:  15​h 45​min
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Leon
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  16​h 30​min
Edmonton

3
days
Granada

Granada
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Mi Museo and Soy Nica. Get some cultural insight at Iglesia de La Merced and Casa de Los Tres Mundos. Step out of Granada with an excursion to Laguna de Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, and admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Granada day trip planner.

Edmonton, Canada to Granada is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Edmonton in April: high temperatures in Granada hover around 41°C and lows are around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Laguna de Apoyo
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Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
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2
days
San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur ©
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 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, take a memorable tour with Macua Tours & Travel, and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. On your second day here, stroll through Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. When traveling from Granada in April, plan for slightly colder days in San Juan del Sur, with highs around 38°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals
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Macua Tours & Travel ©
Macua Tours & Travel
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

1
day
Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe ©
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 20th (Fri), examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria, and then admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe trip site .

You can take a bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 1.5 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to take a shuttle to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Museum El Ceibo ©
Museum El Ceibo
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

2
days
Leon

Leon ©
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 22nd (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve and then contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, then see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Poneloya, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planner .

Take a shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Leon, expect temperatures between 41°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Telica Volcano ©
Telica Volcano
Playa Poneloya ©
Playa Poneloya
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción

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