17 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

17 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip itinerary planner
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Fly
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Granada
— 4 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 5 nights
Bus
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Leon
— 3 nights
Bus to Managua, Fly to Amsterdam

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Granada — 4 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mi Museo and El Coyotepe Fortress. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mombacho Cigars and Guadalupe Church. Change things up with a short trip to Popoyo Beach in Popoyo (about 1h 45 min away). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, make a trip to Parque Colon de Granada, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Granada online trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Granada is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Granada, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Extreme Nicaraguan Adventures and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Attractions like The Art Warehouse and Marsella Valley Nature Center make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of San Juan del Sur with an excursion to O Parks, WildLife and Recreation in El Ostional--about 40 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Hermosa.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the San Juan del Sur sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 5 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Cascada de San Ramon and Dinarte's Rental. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at El Ceibo Museums and Los Ramos. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Punta Jesus Maria, examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, explore the activities along Rio Istian, and get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe online trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a bus to Leon.
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Leon — 3 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.
Kids will enjoy Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus and Museo Entomologico de Leon. Discover out-of-the-way places like Church The Recollection and Buho Books. When in Leon, make a side trip to see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve in Las Penitas, approximately Las Penitas away.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Leon online road trip planner.

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife · Parks
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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.
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