15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: North Bay
Fly + Drive:  18​h 45​min
1
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Matagalpa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Leon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: North Bay

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cementerio De Granada and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mi Museo and Tesoros de Nicaragua - Gourmet & Gift - Shop. Step out of Granada to go to Popoyo and see Popoyo Beach, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: get interesting insight from Tours, contemplate the long history of Old Railway Station, admire the local landmark of Parque Colon de Granada, and admire the striking features of Guadalupe Church.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Granada driving holiday tool .

North Bay, Canada to Granada is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from North Bay to Granada. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Popoyo Beach
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Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Popoyo Beach ©
Popoyo Beach

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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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Playa Hermosa will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa el Coco, shop like a local with Bordport, see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur, and don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in January, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Bordport
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Playa Hermosa ©
Playa Hermosa

2
nights
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.
On the 12th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Museum El Ceibo and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, and then take in the dramatic scenery at San Ramon Waterfall.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Isla de Ometepe day trip planning website .

Drive from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

San Ramon Waterfall
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Cascada de San Ramon ©
Cascada de San Ramon
El Ceibo Museums ©
El Ceibo Museums
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian

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Matagalpa

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte, then don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri and then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Matagalpa trip builder tool .

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Matagalpa takes 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in January, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Leon.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Iglesia San Rafael del Norte
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Cerro Apante ©
Cerro Apante
Catedral ©
Catedral
Escuela de Espanol Colibri ©
Escuela de Espanol Colibri

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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Ruins of Leon Viejo and then get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Leon trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Matagalpa to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, Leon is a bit warmer than Matagalpa - with highs of 39°C and lows of 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Telica Volcano ©
Telica Volcano
Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus ©

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