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Granada: Colonial Granada Horse Carriage & Walking Tour

1. Granada: Colonial Granada Horse Carriage & Walking Tour

Tour colonial Granada to discover the first city of the New World, founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524, and now one of the greatest attractions in Nicaragua. This excursion will introduce you to all the most important monuments, as well as give you a flavor of the local life. Following a pick-up from your hotel, start with a stroll around the main streets of the historic center, learning how the city survived pirates, fire, and filibusters. Constructed by the Spanish as a model city, Granada gave the settlers a chance to showcase their glorious architecture, much of it now restored to its former glory. Admire stunning architecture, such as the Convento San Francisco, the oldest church in Central America. Climb the steps of the Fortaleza La Polvora for panoramic views of the Mombacho Volcano. Then, enjoy a horse carriage ride to some of the most scenic spots outside the city center.

Leon: Colonial City Tour

2. Leon: Colonial City Tour

Nicaragua is a land of volcanoes, a hot climate, and interesting cities. Visit the well-preserved ruins of one of the first Spanish colonial cities built on the continent. You’ll see several places of interest on your 3-hour guided tour of the elegant city of León. Admire the attractive, preserved historical center and its colonial buildings. In addition you’ll see many natural attractions in the area around the city. Leon is known as Nicaragua’s most liberal city, and as an intellectual center that features the country’s largest student population. Your guide will show you Sutiaba, an indigenous neighborhood, followed by visits to the Ruben Dario Museum and the Museum of Myths and Legends. See the Cathedral and head up to its rooftop for the views. Explore the central square and admire its murals.

From León: Hike and Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro

3. From León: Hike and Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro

On this 5-hour tour from León you experience the adventure of volcano boarding. You take a 45-minute drive from León City to Cerro Negro. From the main entrance of the volcano you walk for approximately 2 hours to the top. It is rocky and there is no shade, but once you are at the top you have the best views over the Volcano Chain of León. You can walk around the crater and can see how active this volcano actually is. Cerro Negro is the youngest volcano of Central America but it is also one of the most active. Once at the top you can enjoy volcano boarding your way down the ash side. Feel the rush as you stand up snowboard style or sit down! Feel the heat and smell the sulfur gases as you reach speeds up to 70 kilometers per hour!

Managua/Granada: Private Masaya Volcano Night Tour

4. 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.

Managua: 4-Hour Guided Historical Walking Tour

5. Managua: 4-Hour Guided Historical Walking Tour

Admire all the wonders Managua has to offer on this 4-hour guided city highlights tour. From the lively city center to the breathtaking views from the Tiscapa Lagoon, discover the history behind every turn with your local guide. Start your walking adventure at the Ruben Dario Monument, make a turn and see the Ruben Dario National Theatre. Learn about the powerful cultural and literary influence of Ruben Dario from your guide as you stroll. Continue to Plaza la Fe and see the statue of Simon Bolivar, a figure of independence and revolution throughout South America. Enter the bustling city center and explore Parque Central and the historical Plaza de la Revolución. From here, make your way to the Casa Presidential and see the main office of the president. Arrive at the Old Cathedral and marvel at the neoclassical architecture. Visit the National Palace of Culture, formally a royal residence, and see the Roosevelt Monument. Then, arrive at the Tiscapa Lagoon for stunning views of Managua before finishing your tour at the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Mombacho Natural Reserve and Canopy Adventure

6. Mombacho Natural Reserve and Canopy Adventure

Spend the day gliding over the lush canopy of the tropical forest on this exciting canopy tour at the Mombacho stratovolcano of Nicaragua. Begin the day with a drive up the volcano to the heart of the dense cloud forest and embark on a small hike, exploring the ancient craters of the volcano and learning about the fascinating flora and fauna of the region. Continue the tour with a visit to the Biological Center, and then observe the ecosystem drastically change to one of a dry tropical forest filled with coffee plantations. It is here that you will begin your exciting canopy adventure, and with over 17 platforms, 11 steel cables, and a long walking bridge, this canopy course is a truly spectacular one. Forming more than 2 kilometers of distance over the many cables, you are guaranteed an adrenaline-filled end to your day.

Las Isletas: Kayak Tour

7. Las Isletas: Kayak Tour

Kayak across Central America's largest lake, Lake Nicaragua – the home to 365 small islets, inhabited by local people, monkeys, and a colorful array of bird life. Discover the different character of each islet, including a wealthy residential area and an 18th-century, colonial fortress, from which you'll enjoy superb views over the lake, Granada, and Mombacho Volcano. The kayak station is a mere 15 minutes from the city center, with complimentary transportation provided from your hotel. Single and double kayaks are both available, with life jackets included for a safe lake excursion into the areas even motorboats can't reach, passing jungles, savannas, and spectacular wildlife.

From Granada: Full-Day Trip to Ometepe Island

8. From Granada: Full-Day Trip to Ometepe Island

Visit Ometepe Island, a place admired by both local and international tourists, on a full-day trip from Granada. Spend a day familiarizing yourself with the island's nature, hospitality, beautiful landscapes, volcanoes, archeological background, relaxing beaches, and natural reserves and forests. After you are picked-up from your hotel, you'll be transferred to the ferry that takes you to the island. Learn about how the 2 volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, created this island which is a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve. Upon arriving, spend your day exploring this sanctuary inhabited by a mix of different tribes and cultures, and observe the many petroglyphs, ceramics, and statues that can be found all around. Observe locals taking part in the island's industries of fishing and agriculture. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot some of the varieties of monkeys living on the island. You may choose to check out the shops, eat a traditional meal, hike around the island, or simply relax on the beach.

Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

9. 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.

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

10. 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. Then you drive to Catarina, a serene town of nurseries and flowers. Here you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Apoyo Crater Lake. In the south of Catarina, you will pottery and ceramics at San Juan de Oriente.

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What people are saying about Nicaragua

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 40 reviews

This experience was so much fun and our guide was the absolute best! Super knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. It’s a unique and fun experience.

Fast and intense but worth it if you have little time in Nicaragua, the best hand in hand with Granada throughout the country!

super recomendado! nuestro guía Russ super atento y nos dio mucha información e historia del cerro y de Nicaragua!

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

Very relaxed tour and the guide even took more time :)