Masaya (Department)

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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.

  • Full-Day Tour: Masaya Volcano, Art Market and White Villages

    2. Full-Day Tour: Masaya Volcano, Art Market and White Villages

    Masaya is one of the smallest yet most populated departments in the country. The picturesque, small cities of its territory feature several attractions such as cultural manifestations, a strong indigenous heritage, and many natural destinations. The Masaya Volcano National Park and the Masaya Lagoon are two major natural attractions. The volcano is formed by three craters, two of them are extinct and the other one remains active, constantly spewing smoke. A vast territory, which still preserves its flora and fauna, surrounds this volcano. You will visit the Masaya Volcano which is an active smoking crater and dormant crater. You will also visit the Park Museum. After your amazing experience at Masaya Volcano, you will see and walk through Mercado de Artesanía, the art market in Masaya where you can find ceramics and woodcrafts, hammocks, jewelry, cigars, leather work, and much more. Th...

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

    3. 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.

  • Granada: Boat ride, Handicraft Market, and Lava Tour

    4. 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 cul...

  • 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 coloni...

  • From Granada or Managua: Private Masaya Volcano Tour

    6. 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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Pretty Awesome Experience

Really enjoyed the experience. Very unique and fun. A lot of things to do and very cultural experience.