15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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15 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Start: Managua
1
Managua
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Leon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Granada
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Isla de Ometepe
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Masaya
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
End: Managua

1
night
Managua

Managua ©
Nicaragua's largest and capital city, Managua remains relatively unknown as a tourist destination, though it boasts a scenic location on the southwestern shore of the Xolotlan Lake.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): make a trip to Plaza de la Revolucion, don't miss a visit to Puerto Salvador Allende, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santiago of Managua Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Loma de Tiscapa.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Managua trip itinerary builder site .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airport is Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Leon.

Things to do in Managua

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Santiago of Managua Cathedral ©
Santiago of Managua Cathedral
Puerto Salvador Allende ©
Puerto Salvador Allende
Plaza de la Revolucion ©
Plaza de la Revolucion

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.
On the 17th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church The Recollection. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Las Penitas, look for gifts at Juanmarcos Design, and then contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Leon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Managua to Leon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Leon are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Granada.

Things to do in Leon

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Cerro Negro Volcano ©
Cerro Negro Volcano
Catedral de la Asunción ©
Catedral de la Asunción
Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): get impressive views of Mombacho, then look for gifts at Tio Antonio Hamaca, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de La Merced.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Granada day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Leon to Granada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mombacho ©
Mombacho
Iglesia de La Merced ©
Iglesia de La Merced

4
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.
San Juan del Sur is known for adventure, beaches, spas, wildlife, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan del Sur Beach, have fun at Surf Ranch Skateboard Park, take a memorable tour with Tours, and kick back and relax at La Flor Beach Natural Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur road trip site .

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 shuttle. In January in San Juan del Sur, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors Beaches Tours

Side Trip

Bordport
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
San Juan del Sur Beach ©
San Juan del Sur Beach
Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia ©

3
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.
Isla de Ometepe is known for nature, beaches, museums, outdoors, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, contemplate the waterfront views at Laguna Charco Verde, examine the collection at Museo Ometepe, and contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Maderas.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Isla de Ometepe trip planner .

Getting from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Masaya.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Isla Ometepe
Isla Ometepe
Ojo de Agua ©
Ojo de Agua
Volcan Concepcion ©
Volcan Concepcion

3
nights
Masaya

Masaya
Quickly accessible from both Managua and Granada, culturally rich Masaya remains one of the best places to visit if you're looking to purchase authentic Nicaraguan handicrafts.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Apoyo. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stop by Masaya Crafts Market, contemplate the waterfront views at Apoyo, and then contemplate the long history of El Coyotepe Fortress. On the next day, witness a stunning natural landmark at Hervideros de San Jacinto, then learn more about the world around you at Volcán Masaya National Park, and then contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Masaya route maker site .

You can drive from Isla de Ometepe to Masaya in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the bus ride back home.

Things to do in Masaya

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Mirador de Catarina, Hervideros de San Jacinto
Highlights from your plan
Apoyo
Apoyo
Masaya Volcano ©
Masaya Volcano
Mirador de Catarina ©
Mirador de Catarina

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