21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Paphos
Fly:  28​h
Granada
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
San Juan del Sur
— 7 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Leon
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
Las Penitas
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Managua
— 2 nights
Fly:  27​h
Paphos

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.
Visit Iglesia de La Merced and Catedral de Granada for their historical value. Visiting Laguna de Apoyo and Islets of Granada will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Soy Nica, get some fabulous bargains at Mombacho Cigars, examine the collection at ChocoMuseo, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada attractions planner .

Paphos, Cyprus to Granada is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 8 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paphos in November; daily highs in Granada reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Shopping

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Apoyo, Las Isletas
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
Apoyo
Apoyo
ChocoMuseo Granada ©
ChocoMuseo Granada

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and Macua Tours & Travel. Attractions like San Juan del Sur Beach and Popoyo Beach make great kid-friendly stops. On the 14th (Wed), enjoy an adventurous day among the treetops at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Playa el Coco Vacation Rentals, identify plant and animal life at Marsella Valley Nature Center, explore and take pictures at Spanish School House Rosa Silva, and make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

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You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a shuttle; or take a bus. November in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

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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

2
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.
On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip planner .

You can take a bus from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to take a shuttle to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Nature
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Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Poneloya, then stop by Buho Books, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Catedral de la Asunción, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museo Ruben Dario, then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, then enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava.

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Traveling by shuttle from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November in Leon, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Las Penitas.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches
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Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Playa Poneloya ©
Playa Poneloya
Museo Ruben Dario ©
Museo Ruben Dario

2
days
Las Penitas

Las Penitas ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Las Penitas attractions planner .

Las Penitas is very close to Leon. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off toManagua.

Things to do in Las Penitas

#Parks, #Wildlife
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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Mercado Roberto Huembes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and finally play a few rounds at Nejapa Golf & Country Club.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Managua trip planner .

Getting from Las Penitas to Managua by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Managua

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Museums

Side Trip

Volcán Masaya National Park
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Nejapa Golf & Country Club ©
Nejapa Golf & Country Club
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Volcán Masaya National Park ©
Volcán Masaya National Park

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