7 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

7 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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7 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

San Francisco
Fly + shuttle:  13​h
Leon
— 2 nights
shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Isla de Ometepe
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Granada
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  12​h 15​min
San Francisco

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 25th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at Museo Ruben Dario, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Ruins of Leon Viejo.

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San Francisco, USA to Leon is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get much warmer in Leon: highs are around 96°F and lows about 77°F. On the 26th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a shuttle to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

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Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
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Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve ©
Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve
Museo Ruben Dario ©
Museo Ruben Dario

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 27th (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Punta Jesus Maria, see the interesting displays at Museum El Ceibo, and then see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe.

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You can take a shuttle from Leon to Isla de Ometepe in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Leon in April, you will find days in Isla de Ometepe are slightly colder (90°F), and nights are about the same (78°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to San Juan del Sur.

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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Museum El Ceibo ©
Museum El Ceibo
Museo Ometepe ©
Museo Ometepe

1
day
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.
On the 28th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach and then identify plant and animal life at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

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You can take a bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Granada.

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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach

1
day
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 29th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral San Francisco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Granada, then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, and finally see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo.

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Drive from San Juan del Sur to Granada in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Granada are 95°F, while nighttime lows are 76°F. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced
ChocoMuseo Granada ©
ChocoMuseo Granada
Mi Museo ©
Mi Museo

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