12 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip planner
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Fly
1
Managua
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Leon
— 2 nights
Bus
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
4
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Managua
— 1 night
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Managua — 2 nights

Bride of Xolotlan

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stroll through Montibelli Private National Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mezquita De Managua.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Managua attractions website.

Montreal, Canada to Managua is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Managua is minus 1 hour. You'll set off for Leon on the 9th (Sun).
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Leon — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Chorotega-Nicarao Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection, and then stop by Artesania de Leon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Leon trip maker app.

Drive from Managua to Leon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 41°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to take a bus 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 11th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: surround yourself with nature on Dinarte's Rental.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe trip planner.

Take a bus from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to San Juan del Sur.
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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.
On the 13th (Thu), get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): shop like a local with The Art Warehouse and then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Remanso.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read San Juan del Sur day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Granada.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, then look for gifts at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, then get great views at Mirador de Catarina, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at La Capilla Maria Auxiliadora. On your second day here, make a trip to Malecon de Granada, don't miss a visit to Parque Xalteva, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva, then examine the collection at Mi Museo, then ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada, and finally appreciate the history behind monument of Cordoba.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Granada online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from San Juan del Sur to Granada takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Managua.
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Managua — 1 night

Bride of Xolotlan

Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): head outdoors with Dive Nicaragua, then make a trip to Mezquita De Managua, and then stroll through Montibelli Private National Reserve.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Managua trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Granada to Managua in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) 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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