19 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

19 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip planner

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Fly to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Drive to Leon
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Leon
— 4 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
— 3 nights
Drive
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Granada
— 5 nights
Drive
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Matagalpa
— 3 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Bozeman

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Leon

— 4 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.
Leon is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and get a taste of the local shopping with Artesania de Leon.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Leon travel route planning tool.

Bozeman, USA to Leon is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Bozeman in October, things will get warmer in Leon: highs are around 88°F and lows about 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

Tours · Outdoors · Museums · Adventure
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 5:

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: explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, get impressive views of Volcan Maderas, admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, and find something for the whole family at Chico Largo Adventure.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe trip maker site.

Traveling by bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Theme Parks · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:

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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and get outside with Costa Dulce Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur journey maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 11:

Granada

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Granada side-trips: Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Mirador de Catarina (in Catarina). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, explore the world behind art at Casa de Los Tres Mundos, get impressive views of Mombacho, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Granada journey tool.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Granada

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 11 — 16:

Matagalpa

— 3 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
On the 17th (Sun), examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, then deepen your understanding at Escuela de Espanol Colibri, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral. On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte and then get great views at Cerro De La Cruz.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Matagalpa trip builder.

Getting from Granada to Matagalpa by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. In October in Matagalpa, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 67°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 19:

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.