16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly
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Leon
— 4 nights
Bus
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Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
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San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 5 nights
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Leon

— 4 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 to go to Las Penitas and see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Leon trip maker tool.

Denver, USA to Leon is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Denver to Leon. In February, Leon is much warmer than Denver - with highs of 94°F and lows of 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Isla de Ometepe

— 3 nights
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe, and relax and rejuvenate at Temazcal Omeyocan.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe online attractions planner.

You can take a bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Spas · Museums
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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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip builder website.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 88°F, while at night they dip to 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Granada

— 5 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo (about 36 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, and explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Granada trip itinerary planner.

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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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.