15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  12 h 15 min
1
Leon
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 30 min
2
El Castillo
— 1 night
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
6
Matagalpa
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Newark

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): contemplate the geological forces at Telica Volcano and then stroll through Juan Venado Island Nature Reserve. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Playa Poneloya, pause for some serene contemplation at Calvary Church - Sweet Name of Jesus, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Leon day trip app.

Newark, USA to Leon is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Leon is minus 1 hour. In December, Leon is much warmer than Newark - with highs of 91°F and lows of 73°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to El Castillo.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
El Castillo

El Castillo ©
On the 24th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Castillo de la Inmaculada Concepción and then stroll through Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our El Castillo trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Leon to El Castillo takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Granada.

Things to do in El Castillo

Wildlife Parks
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Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz ©
Reserva Biologica Indio Maiz

3
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Volcán Masaya National Park and Cementerio De Granada. Explore hidden gems such as Zipline and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Go for a jaunt from Granada to Managua to see Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Soy Nica, get some fabulous bargains at Mombacho Cigars, and ponder the design of Parque Colon de Granada.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Granada travel itinerary planner.

Fly from El Castillo to Granada in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Volcán Masaya National Park
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Zipline
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Mombacho Cigars ©
Mombacho Cigars

3
nights
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Art Warehouse and ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur. Step off the beaten path and head to Spas and Playa el Coco. Step out of San Juan del Sur with an excursion to Bordport in Tola--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip planner.

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Bordport
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Spas
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve
The Art Warehouse ©
The Art Warehouse

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): wander the streets of Los Ramos and then see the interesting displays at El Ceibo Museums. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museo Ometepe, take in the dramatic scenery at Cascada de San Ramon, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Istian.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Isla de Ometepe online visit planner.

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to catch the bus to Matagalpa.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Nature Parks Museums
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El Ceibo Museums ©
El Ceibo Museums
Cascada de San Ramon ©
Cascada de San Ramon
Rio Istian ©
Rio Istian

3
nights
Matagalpa

Matagalpa ©
Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia San Rafael del Norte, then make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Escuela de Espanol Colibri and then stroll through Cerro Apante.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Matagalpa trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Matagalpa takes 4 hours. In January, daytime highs in Matagalpa are 74°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matagalpa

Wildlife Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Iglesia San Rafael del Norte
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Cerro Apante ©
Cerro Apante
Catedral ©
Catedral
Escuela de Espanol Colibri ©
Escuela de Espanol Colibri

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