10 days in Nicaragua Itinerary

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Leon — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): examine the collection at Museo de la Revolucion and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas), then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral-Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and then examine the collection at Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian.

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Managua to Leon is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Leon can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Matagalpa.
Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites
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Matagalpa — 2 nights

Pearl of the North

Nicaragua's second city, Matagalpa offers an authentic window into the country's cultural and natural heritage.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): see the interesting displays at El Castillo del cacao, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral, then make a trip to Mirador El Calvario, and finally deepen your understanding at Escuela de Espanol Colibri. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Casa museo comandante Carlos fonseca, examine the collection at National Coffee Museum, and then take in the awesome beauty at Cerro Apante.

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You can drive from Leon to Matagalpa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Leon in May: high temperatures in Matagalpa hover around 32°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Granada.
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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.
Granada is known for nature, historic sites, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at ChocoMuseo Granada, view the masterpieces at Galeria Mi Camara Mi Mundo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de Xalteva, and head off the coast to Islets of Granada.

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You can drive from Matagalpa to Granada in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Masaya.
Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites
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Masaya — 3 nights

Cradle of Nicaraguan Folklore

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Masaya: Montibelli Private National Reserve (in Ticuantepe) and Hervideros de San Jacinto (in Diriamba). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Apoyo, discover the deep blue sea with Volcano Divers Nicaragua, take some stellar pictures from Mirador de Catarina, and contemplate the geological forces at Masaya Volcano.

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Masaya is very close to Granada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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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.