16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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16 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Managua
Managua
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
Granada
— 3 nights
ferry + Drive:  5​h
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
Leon
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
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2
days
Managua

Managua ©
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 7th (Mon), stop by Mercado Roberto Huembes. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve and then learn more about the world around you at Volcán Masaya National Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Managua trip builder .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport. May in Managua sees daily highs of 94°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Granada.

Things to do in Managua

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Museums

Side Trips

Volcán Masaya National Park, Chocoyero-El Brujo Natural Reserve
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3
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.
Visiting Laguna de Apoyo and Mombacho Volcano National Preserve will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Soy Nica and Masaya Crafts Market. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo, get some fabulous bargains at Mombacho Cigars, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada.

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You can drive from Managua to Granada in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Granada are 94°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

Side Trips

Masaya Crafts Market, Laguna de Apoyo
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Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): kick back and relax at Punta Jesus Maria and then step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe journey planning website .

Traveling by combination of ferry and car from Granada to Isla de Ometepe takes 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in May, and nighttime lows around 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can take a bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature, #Beaches
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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and San Juan del Sur Beach. Step out of San Juan del Sur with an excursion to O Parks, WildLife and Recreation in El Ostional--about 42 minutes away. On the 15th (Tue), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, kick back and relax at Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals, hike along Macua Tours & Travel, and get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur driving holiday planner .

You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 79°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can drive to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Tours

Side Trips

Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals, O Parks, WildLife and Recreation
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Zipline

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.
Relax by the water at Playa Las Penitas and Playa Poneloya. Get in touch with nature at Volcan cerro negro and Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, and steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

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Drive from San Juan del Sur to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Leon are 92°F, while nighttime lows are 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Playa Las Penitas ©
Playa Las Penitas
Volcan cerro negro ©
Volcan cerro negro
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

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