12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly
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Leon
— 3 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
— 1 night
Drive
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Granada
— 4 nights
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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.
Step out of Leon to go to Las Penitas and see Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, and examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Leon tour itinerary site.

New York City, USA to Leon is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from New York City to Leon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in January, expect Leon to be warmer, temps between 93°F and 71°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

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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 trip includes some of its best attractions: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, and explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe road trip planning app.

Traveling by bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and then enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our 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 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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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.
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: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada travel route builder.

You can 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 30th (Sun) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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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.