14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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14 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 15​min
Leon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Matagalpa
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
Isla de Ometepe
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Granada
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Toronto

3
days
Leon

Leon
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruins of Leon Viejo and Museo Ruben Dario. Get some cultural insight at El Calvario Church and Church The Recollection. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Playa Poneloya, examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Catedral de la Asunción.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Leon is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Toronto to Leon due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in April, with highs in Leon at 41°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Leon

#Historic Sites, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Ruins of Leon Viejo
Ruins of Leon Viejo
Playa Poneloya ©
Playa Poneloya
Museo Ruben Dario ©
Museo Ruben Dario

1
day
Matagalpa

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
On the 11th (Wed), examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao, admire all the interesting features of Escuela de Espanol Colibri, then don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral.

For maps and tourist information, refer to the Matagalpa visit planner.

Getting from Leon to Matagalpa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, Matagalpa is little chillier than Leon - with highs of 33°C and lows of 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Matagalpa

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Catedral ©
Catedral
El Castillo del cacao ©
El Castillo del cacao
Escuela de Espanol Colibri ©
Escuela de Espanol Colibri

4
days
Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe ©
Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Step off the beaten path and head to Museum El Ceibo and Rio Istian. Get outdoors at Punta Jesus Maria and Laguna Charco Verde. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Chico Largo Adventure, get your bearings at Los Ramos, admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, and examine the collection at Museo Ometepe.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe online driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Matagalpa to Isla de Ometepe in 4 hours. Traveling from Matagalpa in April, expect Isla de Ometepe to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Theme Parks
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Museum El Ceibo ©
Museum El Ceibo
Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian

2
days
San Juan del Sur

San Juan del Sur ©
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 16th (Mon): make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure and then hike along Macua Tours & Travel.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur travel route planning website .

Take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. April in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Macua Tours & Travel ©
Macua Tours & Travel
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

2
days
Granada

Granada ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): examine the collection at Mi Museo, then steep yourself in history at El Coyotepe Fortress, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, stop by Soy Nica, then admire the landmark architecture of Guadalupe Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral San Francisco.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Granada itinerary website .

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. April in Granada sees daily highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C at night. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

#Historic Sites, #Museums, #Shopping

Side Trips

El Coyotepe Fortress, Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
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Cathedral San Francisco ©
Cathedral San Francisco
Mi Museo ©
Mi Museo

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