9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

9 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua journey planner
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Fly
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Leon
— 1 night
Drive
2
Managua
— 1 night
Drive
3
Granada
— 1 night
Drive
4
Popoyo
— 1 night
Drive
5
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Drive
6
Rivas
— 1 night
Ferry
7
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Drive

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Leon — 1 night

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 2nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, then see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano.

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Boston, USA to Leon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Boston to Leon. Traveling from Boston in October, expect Leon to be much hotter, temps between 88°F and 75°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Managua.
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Managua — 1 night

Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
On the 3rd (Thu), make a trip to Plaza de la Revolucion, don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and finally don't miss a visit to Loma de Tiscapa.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Managua trip maker tool.

Drive from Leon to Managua in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Granada.
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Granada — 1 night

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 4th (Fri), examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, stroll through Islets of Granada, then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Granada route website.

Getting from Managua to Granada by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Popoyo.
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Popoyo — 1 night

On the 5th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at Popoyo Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Popoyo route planner.

You can drive from Granada to Popoyo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. October in Popoyo sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 76°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to San Juan del Sur.
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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 6th (Sun): kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve, kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur tour planner.

Traveling by car from Popoyo to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rivas.
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Rivas — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parroquia San Pedro Apostol Rivas and then explore the activities along Rio Sapoa.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rivas online trip itinerary planner.

Rivas is just a short distance from San Juan del Sur. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to ride a ferry to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 2 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
On the 8th (Tue), head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, then contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, and then admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe road trip planning website.

Getting from Rivas to Isla de Ometepe by ferry takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.
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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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