20 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

20 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip itinerary builder

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Fly
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Granada
— 5 nights
Drive
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San Juan del Sur
— 4 nights
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
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Isla de Ometepe
— 4 nights
Fly
4
Little Corn Island
— 1 night
Fly to Managua, Bus to Leon
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Leon
— 5 nights
Drive to Augusto C. Sandino (Managua) International Airport, Fly to Quito

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Granada

— 5 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Apoyo (in La Laguna de Apoyo) and Masaya (Volcán Masaya National Park & Masaya Volcano). And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Islets of Granada, view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, contemplate the waterfront views at Centro de Visitantes Reserva natural Laguna de Apoyo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de Xalteva.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Granada tour itinerary planner.

Quito, Ecuador to Granada is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Ecuador Time (ECT) to Central Standard Time (CST) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur

— 4 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 spas. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at San Juan del Sur Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa Hermosa, get outside with Costa Dulce Beach, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the San Juan del Sur online tour itinerary maker.

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. In March, daytime highs in San Juan del Sur are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Isla de Ometepe

— 4 nights
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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the local landmark of Ojo de Agua, see the interesting displays at El Ceibo Museums, contemplate the geological forces at Volcan Concepcion, and step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Little Corn Island.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Parks · Nature · Museums · Spas

Little Corn Island

— 1 night
The smaller of two islands, Little Corn Island has become more popular than its larger neighbor, with international visitors seeing it as the more authentic, wilder, and more scenic landmass.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Little Corn Island tour planning app.

Traveling by flight from Isla de Ometepe to Little Corn Island takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in March, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Little Corn Island

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Spas

Leon

— 5 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hervideros de San Jacinto in San Jacinto (about 52 minutes away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Cerro Negro Volcano, push the limits with an extreme tour, explore the galleries of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), and pause for some serene contemplation at Church The Recollection.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Leon trip builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Little Corn Island to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and bus; or do a combination of ferry, bus, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Little Corn Island in March: highs in Leon hover around 41°C, while lows dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Leon

Parks · Nature · Museums · Tours

Side Trip

Nicaragua travel guide

4.2
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.