20 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

20 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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20 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Leon
— 4 nights
bus:  3​h
2
Esteli
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Matagalpa
— 2 nights
bus:  3​h 45​min
4
Isla de Ometepe
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + ferry + bus:  1​h 15​min
5
San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Granada
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve and Volcan cerro negro. Step off the beaten path and head to Playa Poneloya and Telica Volcano. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Leon vacation planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Leon is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Leon is minus 1 hour. In March, Leon is much warmer than Toronto - with highs of 41°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Esteli.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Nature

Side Trip

Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Playa Poneloya ©
Playa Poneloya
Telica Volcano ©
Telica Volcano

1
night
Esteli

Esteli ©
Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): look for gifts at Mujeres Ambientalistas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reserva Natural Miraflor.

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Take a bus from Leon to Esteli in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Esteli are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Esteli

#Wildlife, #Parks, #Shopping
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Reserva Natural Miraflor ©
Reserva Natural Miraflor

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao, and then admire all the interesting features of Escuela de Espanol Colibri.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Matagalpa tour app .

Traveling by car from Esteli to Matagalpa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Esteli in March: high temperatures in Matagalpa hover around 30°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Matagalpa

#Wildlife, #Nature, #Parks
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Cerro Apante ©
Cerro Apante
Escuela de Espanol Colibri ©
Escuela de Espanol Colibri
El Castillo del cacao ©
El Castillo del cacao

4
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Punta Jesus Maria and Volcan Concepcion. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rio Istian and Museo Ometepe. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo, and get advice or help at Los Ramos.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe itinerary builder .

Take a bus from Matagalpa to Isla de Ometepe in 4 hours. Traveling from Matagalpa in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Isla de Ometepe: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to 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
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe

4
nights
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 off the beaten path and head to La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals. We've included these beaches for you: San Juan del Sur Beach and Popoyo Beach. On the 9th (Mon), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's still lots to do: trek along Macua Tours & Travel, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire all the interesting features of Spanish School House Rosa Silva, and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the San Juan del Sur trip maker tool .

Getting from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur by bus takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trip

Popoyo Beach
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Macua Tours & Travel ©
Macua Tours & Travel
Popoyo Beach ©
Popoyo Beach

4
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Laguna de Apoyo and Nicaragua Butterfly Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Guadalupe Church and Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo. There's much more to do: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, stop by Soy Nica, and examine the collection at ChocoMuseo.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Granada online vacation planner .

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 41°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Apoyo
Apoyo
Mombacho Volcano National Preserve ©

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