8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua route builder

Make it your trip
— 2 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Moyogalpa
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
— 1 night



— 2 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.
Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Granada sightseeing planner.

Manchester, UK to Granada is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

San Juan del Sur

— 1 night
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 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Adventure · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay May 20 — 21:

Isla de Ometepe

— 2 nights
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 22nd (Sat), contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, then head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, and then relax and rejuvenate at Temazcal Omeyocan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion and then ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe vacation builder.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a bus to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Nature · Parks · Spas
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:


— 1 night
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 24th (Mon): contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, stop by Juanmarcos Design, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Leon online road trip planner.

Take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Leon sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay May 23 — 24:

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.