Managua (Department)

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  • Lake Cocibolca: Full-Day Retreat with BBQ Lunch

    1. Lake Cocibolca: Full-Day Retreat with BBQ Lunch

    The day begins with hotel pickup in central Managua City. Relax in an air-conditioned coach while your bilingual guide explains the history of Managua, Masaya, and Granada, the important cities that you will pass on the way to the lake. Look out for monkeys and tropical birds on the 7km dirt road which leads to the shores of the lake. From here, paradise is just a 40-minute boat ride away. Pass some of Lake Cocibolca’s 365 islets on the way to shore where our kind local staff will greet you with a natural juice.   Once on land, let the relaxation begin. Take a nature walk or hit the water in a kayak or eco-boat. When hunger strikes, enjoy a lunch of fresh fish and barbecued vegetables. Return transfer to Managua will be provided in the afternoon.

  • Managua: Private Half-Day City Tour

    2. Managua: Private Half-Day City Tour

    Your tour will begin as your guide picks you up from the lobby of your centrally located hotel in Managua. Once aboard the vehicle, you will begin passing by the area's main avenues and buildings before ascending Tiscapa Hill, where the ruins of the former Somoza Presidential House remain. There you will visit the Revolutionary Museum to learn about the history of the Somoza era as well as Sandino. You can take time for panoramic views of Managua City, before transferring to the Central Plaza of Managua. This plaza is surrounded by the National Palace, the Old Cathedral, the former Presidential House, and a park. You can walk through the park, watching the locals living their daily lives, before arriving at Paseo Xolotlán on the shores of the lake. From there, you'll walk along the port filled with kiosks and restaurants as you feel the fresh lake breeze. The house museums and a mock-u...

  • From Granada or Managua: Private San Juan del Sur Beach Day

    3. From Granada or Managua: Private San Juan del Sur Beach Day

    Soak up the relaxed atmosphere of San Juan del Sur on a private day trip from Managua or Granada. After getting picked up from your hotel, head to your first stop of the day, the statue of Christ of the Mercy. From here, feel the tropical winds on your face and the heat of the Nicaraguan sun as you admire the views of the beach and town below from this colossal statue. Afterward, stroll down to the bay where you will find beach-front restaurants, bars, cafes, and hotels.  Then, continue to a private beach, located just 15 minutes from the bay, where you can enjoy a delicious fresh seafood lunch. After lunch, spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach and make use of the beach chairs and hammocks before heading back to your hotel. There are also surfboards available to rent on the beach.

  • From Granada or Managua: Private Cerro Negro Volcano Hike

    4. From Granada or Managua: Private Cerro Negro Volcano Hike

    Combine nature and adventure with this tour designed especially for adrenaline-seekers. After getting picked up from your hotel in Managua or Granada, drive through picturesque Nicaraguan towns and admire plantations, lakes, and volcanoes, to reach the city of León. In León, enjoy a 45-minute dirt road transfer to the start of the volcano. Get ready to start your hike as you take your sand-boarding equipment with you. The hike will take from 35 minutes to 1 hour depending on your fitness level. Once at the top, take in the beauty of the two craters and feel the heat coming from them as you admire the natural beauty of Nicaragua with its volcanic chains. Then, its time to begin your adventure. Listen carefully to the guide explaining the sandboard instructions then hop on and descend the volcano in less than 10 minutes. Having reached the foot of the volcano, head to León, where you wil...

  • From Managua: Private León City History Tour

    5. From Managua: Private León City History Tour

    Following a pickup by your guide at your hotel in Managua, take a 2-hour transfer by comfortable bus as you admire the beauty of the Nicaraguan landscape, formed by agricultural plantations, volcanoes, lakes, and small villages.  The first stop off the day is at the Ruins of León Viejo, the original location of León and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover the history and battles between the native population and conquerors that took place here. At the same time, take in majestic views of the Momotombo volcano rising on the shores of Lake Xolotlán. The tour continues in modern-day León city, one of the oldest cities in the Americas, where you’ll visit the Basílica de la Asunción, the largest cathedral in Central America. Discover the hidden secrets of its design and ascend to its roof for a panoramic view of León.  Next, walk through León Central Park and the main surrounding buildi...

  • Managua/Granada City: Private Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Market

    6. Managua/Granada City: Private Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Market

    Your experience will begin as your guide picks you up from your centrally located hotel in Managua or Granada City. From there your first stop will be to the Masaya Market, where you meet the locals who sell hand-made wooden, leather, and cotton products such as clothing, shoes, home decor, and souvenirs. Following that, you will transfer to a Catarina viewpoint for some impressive panoramic views over the crater lagoon of Apoyo. Once you've finished enjoying the lagoon, you will transfer to the borders of the Apoyo Lagoon where you will be free to enjoy lunch at your own expense. Following lunch you will have free time to enjoy the rest of the afternoon swimming in the warm waters of the lagoon or working on your tan on the pier. At the conclusion of your day, you will be transferred back to your hotel.

  • From Granada or Managua: Private Masaya Volcano Tour

    7. From Granada or Managua: Private Masaya Volcano Tour

    Discover the rich and vibrant culture of the villages surrounding the Masaya Volcano on this full-day tour. After getting picked up from your hotel in Granada or Managua, begin your journey to the volcano. Your first stop will be at the volcano museum. Here, learn more about the history of the native people and how they venerated the power of the volcano. Later, in the vehicle, ascend to the summit of the volcano and stand right in front of its crater where you can see a lava lake inside. Next, head to the Masaya Market, where you can meet the locals selling hand-made products like textiles, leather, wood, home decor, souvenirs, and traditional meals. Afterward, visit the village of Catarina. Soak up the beauty of the sights and scents of this town and its many flower stores as you make your way to a viewpoint. Here, admire panoramic views of the crater lagoon and surrounding lush veget...

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