16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
Fly + Bus:  16 h 15 min
1
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Leon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Esteli
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h 30 min
4
Matagalpa
— 1 night
Bus:  3 h 45 min
5
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Brussels

3
nights
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.
Step out of Granada to go to La Laguna de Apoyo and see Apoyo, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Granada online attractions planner.

Brussels, Belgium to Granada is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, bus, and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Granada is minus 7 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Granada

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Apoyo
Apoyo

3
nights
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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, stop by Catedral de la Asunción, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Leon trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Granada to Leon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Esteli.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Museums
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian

1
night
Esteli

Esteli ©
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos, look for gifts at Mujeres Ambientalistas, and then stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Esteli attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Leon to Esteli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, Esteli is little chillier than Leon - with highs of 29°C and lows of 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can catch the bus to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Esteli

Shopping Wildlife Parks
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Reserva Natural Miraflor ©
Reserva Natural Miraflor

1
night
Matagalpa

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral, and finally gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Matagalpa tour itinerary planner.

Take a bus from Esteli to Matagalpa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Historic Sites Museums
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Catedral ©
Catedral
Escuela de Espanol Colibri ©
Escuela de Espanol Colibri
Mirador El Calvario ©
Mirador El Calvario

3
nights
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.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, beaches, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Maderas, and explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe tour itinerary website.

Getting from Matagalpa to Isla de Ometepe by bus takes about 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Nature Parks Museums
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Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua
Laguna Charco Verde ©
Laguna Charco Verde

3
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then kick back and relax at Playa el Coco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, then see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur, then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and finally kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our San Juan del Sur trip maker.

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia

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