10 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

10 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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10 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Sioux Lookout
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Granada
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
San Juan del Sur
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Leon
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Sioux Lookout

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Managua (Santiago of Managua Cathedral & Puerto Salvador Allende) and Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo). Next up on the itinerary: head off the coast to Islets of Granada, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, stop by Tio Antonio Hamaca, and contemplate the geological forces at Mombacho.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Granada trip maker tool .

Sioux Lookout, Canada to Granada is an approximately 25-hour combination of flight and car. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Managua, Apoyo
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Islets of Granada ©
Islets of Granada
Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

2
nights
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 27th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, and then kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then examine the collection at ChocoMuseo San Juan del Sur.

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

Getting from Granada to San Juan del Sur by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Leon.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve ©
La Flor Beach Natural Reserve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción, contemplate the long history of Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection, and then get impressive views of Telica Volcano.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Leon online visit planner .

You can drive from San Juan del Sur to Leon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Juan del Sur in January: highs in Leon hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

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