8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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— 3 nights
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
— 3 nights


Granada — 3 nights

La Gran Sultana

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Iglesia de La Merced and ChocoMuseo Granada. Catedral de Granada and Palacio Episcopal will appeal to history buffs. When in Granada, make a side trip to see Apoyo in La Laguna de Apoyo, approximately La Laguna de Apoyo away. And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Soy Nica, don't miss a visit to Parque Xalteva, examine the collection at Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Granada route builder website.

London, UK to Granada is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from London to Granada due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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San Juan del Sur — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): view the masterpieces at The Art Warehouse, then kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at Pranamaya Yoga & Thai Massage Studio Playa Maderas.

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Traveling by car from Granada to San Juan del Sur takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. October in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Leon.
Museums · Parks · Beaches · Shopping
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Leon — 3 nights

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 9th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, then stop by Artesania de Leon, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get impressive views of Telica Volcano and then get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano.

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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 October in Leon, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to fly back home.
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Nicaragua travel guide

Churches · Volcanos · Specialty Museums
Still emerging as a major tourist destination, Nicaragua, the largest country in Central America, entices travelers with its rich history and remarkable natural beauty just waiting to be discovered. A holiday in Nicaragua allows you to explore a vibrant culture, scenic beaches, and plenty of spots off the beaten path. Majestic volcanoes, lakes, and forests offer numerous chances for exploration and exciting adventures, while major cities boast splendid colonial architecture. With access to coastlines on both the Pacific and the Caribbean, a vacation in Nicaragua appeals to those looking for thrilling surfing experiences, dramatic views, or a chance to spread out on a deserted tropical beach.