13 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Granada
— 2 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
— 3 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Nouakchott


Granada — 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.
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: get impressive views of Mombacho, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and make a trip to Parque Colon de Granada.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Granada online trip builder.

Nouakchott, Mauritania to Granada is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Nouakchott to Granada, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to San Juan del Sur.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach, then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip planner.

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. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure
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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, sightseeing, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Maderas, ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, and contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to take a bus to Leon.
Nature · Parks · Museums
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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.
On the 12th (Mon), contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, stop by Artesania de Leon, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Leon itinerary builder.

Take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Leon are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel back home.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife
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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.