8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

8 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Nicaragua trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
1
Granada
— 2 nights
Drive
2
San Juan del Sur
— 1 night
Bus to San Jorge, Ferry to Isla de Ometepe
3
Isla de Ometepe
— 2 nights
Bus
4
Leon
— 1 night
Fly

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Granada

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): examine the collection at ChocoMuseo Granada and then pause for some serene contemplation at Iglesia de La Merced.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Granada trip planner.

Manchester, UK to Granada is an approximately 19-hour flight. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Manchester to Granada due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to San Juan del Sur.

Things to do in Granada

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

San Juan del Sur

— 1 night
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 4th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at San Juan del Sur Beach, don't miss a visit to Mirador del Cristo de la Misericordia, and then whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our San Juan del Sur attractions app.

You can drive from Granada to San Juan del Sur in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in San Juan del Sur can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can travel to Isla de Ometepe.

Things to do in San Juan del Sur

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure

Isla de Ometepe

— 2 nights
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 5th (Mon): explore the activities along Laguna Charco Verde, step off the mainland to explore Isla Ometepe, and then soothe aching muscles at Temazcal Omeyocan. On the next day, get impressive views of Volcan Concepcion and then ponder the design of Ojo de Agua.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Isla de Ometepe vacation planner.

Do a combination of bus and ferry from San Juan del Sur to Isla de Ometepe in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catch the bus to Leon.

Things to do in Isla de Ometepe

Nature · Parks · Spas

Leon

— 1 night
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 7th (Wed), get impressive views of Cerro Negro Volcano, then shop like a local with Juanmarcos Design, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de la Asunción.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Leon trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Isla de Ometepe to Leon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Leon

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.