21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

21 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua attractions planner
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— 3 nights
— 2 nights
— 2 nights
Bus to Managua, Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Ferry to San Jorge, Bus to San Juan del Sur
San Juan del Sur
— 3 nights
— 6 nights


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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Catedral de la Asunción and Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas). There's still lots to do: get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and see the interesting displays at Museo de la Revolucion.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read Leon online tour planner.

San Jose, Costa Rica to Leon is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from San Jose in March, with highs in Leon at 41°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Esteli.
Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
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Esteli — 2 nights

Sitting up in the north central highlands, Esteli enjoys a fairly mild climate throughout the year.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Esteli Waterfall and then stroll through El Jalacate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): stroll through Reserva Natural Miraflor and then browse the exhibits of Museo de Historia y Arqueologia Alejandro Davila Bolanos.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Esteli trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Leon to Esteli in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Leon in March; daily highs in Esteli reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Matagalpa.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature
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Matagalpa — 2 nights

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
On the 8th (Tue), examine the collection at El Castillo del cacao and then don't miss a visit to Mirador El Calvario. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Coffee Museum.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Matagalpa journey builder website.

Drive from Esteli to Matagalpa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Matagalpa are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Isla de Ometepe.
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Isla de Ometepe — 3 nights

Isla de Ometepe may be small in size, but it boasts two large volcanoes that dominate its landscape and influence the local lifestyle.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like El Ceibo Museums and Museo Ometepe. And it doesn't end there: ponder the design of Ojo de Agua, head off the coast to Isla Ometepe, explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, and get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of bus and ferry from Matagalpa to Isla de Ometepe in 8.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to San Juan del Sur.
Nature · Parks · Museums
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San Juan del Sur — 3 nights

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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, head outdoors with Da' Flying Frog Extreme Adventure, take in the exciting artwork at The Art Warehouse, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read San Juan del Sur trip planner.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Isla de Ometepe to San Juan del Sur in 3 hours. March in San Juan del Sur sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Granada.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches
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Granada — 6 nights

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Granada: Masaya Volcano (in Masaya) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). There's lots more to do: stroll through Islets of Granada, examine the collection at Mi Museo, contemplate the waterfront views at Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo, and get a taste of the local shopping with Masaya Crafts Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada road trip planning tool.

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Granada by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
Side Trip
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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.