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Granada, Nicaragua National parks

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Managua/Granada: Private Masaya Volcano Night Tour

1. Managua/Granada: Private Masaya Volcano Night Tour

Witness the beauty of the Masaya Volcano lit up by the night sky on this tour designed especially for those who want to see the lava glowing at night but do not want to hike.  After getting picked up from your hotel in Managua or Granada, make your way up to the top of the volcano in your comfortable vehicle. Witness the spectacular sunset as the sun descends below the peak of the volcano then head to the edge of the crater and peer inside to witness the inner glow of the lava.  On the return journey, stop along the way at the Visitor Center to learn more about the history of the volcano and culture of the local people before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

2. Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

Depart Granada for the towering Mombacho Volcano, a 45-minute drive from the city center. Travel by 4WD vehicle to the foot of the active volcano, which has luckily not erupted since 1570! Start your ascent to the summit, and continue to 2 dormant craters covered in dense cloud forest of moist evergreen leaves and ethereal sheets of fog. A 2-hour hike awaits at the top, with fantastic views of Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Las Isletas, and the Laguna de Apoyo. Walking along well established trails to an altitude of 3,735 feet (1,115 meters), keep your eyes open for unique flora and fauna, such as red-eyed frogs. Mombacho is home to more than 700 different plant species, including exquisite orchids and dwarf forest, some endemic to the area.

Granada: Boat ride, Handicraft Market, and Lava Tour

3. Granada: Boat ride, Handicraft Market, and Lava Tour

You'll begin by passing by Granada's islets, stopping at one to meet a cute family of monkeys. You'll then get off the boat and learn about the fortress of San Pablo, which was built more than 250 years ago. Afterwards, take a nice walking tour of the colonial city of Granada, guided by your local tour guide who will narrate the history of the city and its highlights. Among other points of interest you will encounter the chocolate museum, where you will taste a free chocolate drink. Following that, stop at the Masaya Crafts Market where you can shop for some souvenirs to take home. You'll then visit the city of Masaya and the main church in the central park, from where you will enjoy a nice walk towards the market. Your experience will end with a tour of the Masaya Volcano National Park, where you can take stunning pictures with the volcano as a backdrop. Learn about the history and culture of locals 500 years ago by visiting the museum located in the park, and hike to the other 3 extinguished craters from where you can take in views over the region.

From Granada: Full-Day Private Tour w/ 6 Attractions & Lunch

4. From Granada: Full-Day Private Tour w/ 6 Attractions & Lunch

• Take advantage and maximize your time in the area by doing the 6 most popular activities • Craft Workshop in San Juan de Oriente • Catarina Viewpoint, Laguna de Apoyo. • Masaya Handicrafts Market • Visit to the Masaya Volcano National Park • Tour of the colonial city of Granada. (museums, architecture, churches and more) • Horse-drawn volanta tour • Delicious lunch included. • Independent driver and small groups ensuring the attention of the Guide during the tour. • Daily departures in the morning.

Managua: 3-Day Granada, Masaya, and Leon Tour

5. Managua: 3-Day Granada, Masaya, and Leon Tour

Day 1: Stop by the Masaya Volcano National Park before learning about the history and culture of locals 500 years ago by visiting the park's museum. Throughout the day you can also hike to the other 3 extinct craters and see the beautiful landscape from the park, from where you can view Lake Managua and the city. Later, pass by Granada islets and meet a cute family of monkeys, before getting off the boat to learn about the San Palo Fortress which was built more than 250 years ago. You will then take a nice walking tour through the colonial city of Granada as your guide narrates the history of the city, with a visit to the chocolate museum included. Finally, enjoy the nice breeze at the lookout of Catarina Hill where you will have the option to enjoy a little hiking. Day 2: Stop at the Ruins of Leon Viejo to learn about how Nicaragua was first colonized by the Spanish, before taking pictures from Momotombo Volcano. Following that, stop at Leon where you will Learn about the history, culture, and the great poet Ruben Dario, before taking a walk on top of the roof of the cathedral. Day 3: On your final day you'll stop at the Masaya Crafts Market where you can shop for souvenirs to take home. You'll then stop at Masaya to visit the city and the main church, which sits in its central park. Following that, stop by the Coyotepe Fortress, where you will learn how this building was used as a political prison in the 80s. You will later stop at Laguna de Apoyo to relax on the shore of the lagoon, before encountering the Masaya Volcano in the evening. This final stop will allow you to take stunning pictures with the orange of the lava in the background, and will also allow you to see the volcano's magma.

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What people are saying about Granada, Nicaragua

Tour guide approached me by phone same day of the tour to confirm pick timing which was great! Tour took longer than one hour ; you will visit a small museum about the volcano then by car you will be taken to the volcano site which was amazing with the active lava!! Totally recommend this tour when you’re in Managua

Gustavo was a great tour guide. He told us a lot about the history of Nicaragua and Central America. He also has a great knowledge of plants which is great! It was a lot of fun.

The tour was informative, adventurous, and had amazing views. Our guide Gustavo was engaging and full of good information. I would highly recommend this tour.

The guide Gustavo was very nice, we feel he is passionate and he makes the visit very pleasant. The view is superb