9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Masaya
— 1 night
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2
Granada
Shuttle to Rivas, Taxi to Tola
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Tola
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4
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
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Jinotega
— 2 nights
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Somoto
— 1 night
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Leon
— 2 nights
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Masaya

— 1 night

Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore

Quickly accessible from both Managua and Granada, culturally rich Masaya remains one of the best places to visit if you're looking to purchase authentic Nicaraguan handicrafts.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): stop by Masaya Crafts Market, explore the activities along Apoyo, and then take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Masaya trip website.

Managua to Masaya is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Granada.

Things to do in Masaya

Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

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Granada

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 23rd (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced and then step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Granada itinerary builder.

Granada is just a short distance from Masaya. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tola.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Tola

Tola is a municipality in the Rivas department of Nicaragua. To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Tola tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Granada to Tola by combination of shuttle and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll set off for San Juan del Sur on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Tola

Outdoors · Classes · Parks · Beaches
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, then enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Tola to San Juan del Sur in an hour. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jinotega.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Jinotega

— 2 nights
The city of Jinotega is the capital of the department of Jinotega in the north central region of Nicaragua.The city is located in a long valley surrounded by the cool climate and Dariense Isabelia ridge located 142km north of the capital Managua. On the 25th (Sun), relax in the rural setting at Ecoalbergue La Fundadora, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral San Juan, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte, and finally get great views at Cerro De La Cruz. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museo Precolumbino de Chaguitillo.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Jinotega online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Jinotega in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Juan del Sur in March; daily highs in Jinotega reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. On the 27th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Somoto.

Things to do in Jinotega

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Somoto

— 1 night
Somoto is a city and municipality located in the hills of northern Nicaragua, and capital of the department of Madriz. On the 27th (Tue), head outdoors with Somoto Extremo and then take in breathtaking views at Cañón de Somoto.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Somoto road trip planning website.

Drive from Jinotega to Somoto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. In March in Somoto, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 20°C at night. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in Somoto

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

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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 28th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Playa Las Penitas, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano.

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Getting from Somoto to Leon by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Somoto in March: high temperatures in Leon hover around 41°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.