8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Toronto
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 15​min
Leon
— 2 nights
shuttle:  4​h 15​min
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 15​min
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
Granada
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 30​min
Toronto

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 7th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve and then kick back and relax at Playa Poneloya. Keep things going the next day: get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Leon planner .

Toronto, Canada to Leon is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in March: high temperatures in Leon hover around 41°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for the shuttle ride to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in Leon

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 9th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian, then stroll through Punta Jesus Maria, and then examine the collection at Museum El Ceibo.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Leon to Isla de Ometepe by shuttle takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Leon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Isla de Ometepe, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors
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Punta Jesus Maria ©
Punta Jesus Maria
Museum El Ceibo ©
Museum El Ceibo
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian

2
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.
On the 10th (Sat), enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and then stroll through San Juan del Sur Beach. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, then trek along Macua Tours & Travel, and then make a trip to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur trip planning tool .

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur takes 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Granada.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Wildlife
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La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
Macua Tours & Travel ©
Macua Tours & Travel
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 12th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced, then step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Granada, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna de Apoyo.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Granada road trip tool .

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Granada by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle; or take a bus. In March in Granada, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Granada

#Parks, #Nature, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Laguna de Apoyo
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Laguna de Apoyo
Laguna de Apoyo
Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
ChocoMuseo ©
ChocoMuseo

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