Welcome to Catarina


Diriomo may be the regional capital of witchcraft, but there's a similar tradition here – along with San Juan de Oriente, Catarina is locally known as a 'bewitched village.'

It’s easy to visit Catarina, as almost any regional tour from Masaya or Granada includes a quick stop at the lookout over the Laguna de Apoyo.


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$80 Shore Excursions

Full-Day Small-Group Shore Excursion from San Juan del Sur

This small group tour starts at 9 am at the cruise port in San Juan del Sur and takes you on a scenic drive through Southern Nicaragua, passing by Lake Nicaragua before arriving at Laguna de Apoyo lookout in the charming town of Catarina. There, you can see the beautiful lagoon that has formed in the crater of a dormant volcano. Then, following a short drive, you will arrive at the active Masaya volcano, where you can look into the crater and see the lava below. You'll be driven all the way to the edge of the crater, so there will be no walking required. Your next stop will take place at the nearby Masaya Artisanal Market, for a chance to see high-quality Nicaraguan handicrafts and to purchase a few souvenirs (at own expense). Finally, you'll head to the colonial city of Granada, where your guide will show you around the historic center, which includes highlights such as the Convent of San Francisco and the beautiful cathedral. You will have the chance to purchase lunch (at own expense) on the famous Calle La Calzada, before making the journey back to San Juan del Sur.

$118.80 Outdoor Activities

Masaya City and Volcano Tour

You will visit the finest Handicraft Market where you can enjoy the creativity and variety of Nicaraguan art at bargain prices. Later, transfer to Catarina, a small and characteristic villages of Nicaragua where people work seedling, have nurseries, make handcraft and raise horses. From a viewpoint, you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Apoyo lagoon, Mombacho volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua. Then you will go to San Juan de Oriente, famous for its ceramic arts. Here you’ll visit the “White Towns” (typical villages), each village of native has its specialty: ceramics, leathers, woodwork, painting. You will be able to learn more about our culture and idiosyncratic.  The tour ends with a visit to Masaya volcano National Park to live a great nature experience: Observe a lava lake. The Masaya volcano is Nicaragua’s First National Park created in 1979, one of the country’s most interesting and beautiful natural phenomena. It comprises an area of 54 km2 with more than 20 km of scenic roads and trails, leading to and around the one impressive volcano and five formidable craters; one of them currently displays gaseous activity; most recently a lava lake was originated and it is visible inside the main crater of the volcano. Take a peek into the crater and enjoy a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience

$139 Tours & Sightseeing

Masaya and Apoyo Lagoon Tour from Granada

A bilingual guide and driver will be waiting for you to go for amazing adventure at Masaya surrounding.  In the morning you will visit the finest handcraft market of Masaya, where you will enjoy the creativity and variety of Nicaraguan art at bargain prices. Later transfer to Catarina, this is a small and characteristic village of Nicaragua where people work seedling nurseries, make handcrafts and raise horses. Placed on top of a hill at 520 meters over the sea level, present a very agreeable climate, the temperature is between 22 and 27 degrees. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Apoyo lagoon, Mombacho volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua and then you will go to San Juan de Oriente, famous for its ceramic arts. Visit a workshop, all items are handmade and the “know how” is transmitted from fathers to sons.  Continue driving a few minutes more to Apoyo Lagoon. The lagoon of 5km of diameter with crystal clear water at the pleasant temperature is one of the most beautiful hidden treasures of Nicaragua. The small resort features a restaurant, kayak and sail boats rental and more. The perfect spot to spend a very relaxing day, it is a small paradise for relaxation or water sports.  There is a possibility for a short hike in a path marked out in the forest where many families of monkeys “monos congos” live. During the afternoon you will be transferred back to Granada.

$108.50 Cultural & Theme Tours

Masaya Handcraft Market from Managua

In this very well kept market, you will find a wide range of crafts made in the area: pottery, wood carvings, leather products, art, embroideries and much more.Near Masaya, lays the small of town Catarina, part of a string of towns known as the “pueblos blancos”.Located at 520 meters above sea level, Catarina is renowned for its beautiful ornamental plants produced by the many nurseries in town. But Catarina’s claim to fame is its “mirador”, a sightseeing place that offers a spectacular view of the blue waters of Apoyo Lagoon, Mombacho, Granada, and Lake Nicaragua.If weather allows it, you may even catch a glimpse of Ometepe Island. A few minutes’ drive from Catarina, is San Juan de Oriente, an old colonial village known for its world class pottery. Its cobblestone streets are lined up with many stores selling local pottery using indigenous and contemporary designs.

$200 Outdoor Activities

MEGACOMBO 5 IN 1 PRIVATE NICARAGUA TOUR

San Juan del sur:we take visitors on a scenic drive through Southern Nicaragua, climb to the hilltop statue of Cristo de la Misericordia Lookout where you can take amazing photos of the breathtaking views of the San Juan del sur bay.   Rivas city tour:we'll head to Rivas driving by "La Virgen" beach while looking at the Concepcion and Maderas volcanoes.The drive to Rivas takes approximately 40 minutes where we will take a small tricycle tour thru the Rivas city.   Mombacho volcano Granada colonial city & Isletas: Enjoy pre-Columbian statues and ceramics, cobbled streets and numerous churches and monuments of great architectural significance, we will do a horse carriage tour of the colonial city including a chocolate factory and cigar shop.   Islets of Granada: In this excursion we will embark on a tour of the famous islets of Granada, an archipelago of islands formed by the eruption of the Mombacho volcano. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty of the islands with the panoramic view of Mombacho Volcano. On this trip we will discover some of the 365 small islands “Islets” and its fauna, flora and the inhabitants of the so-called “Islanders”, the community of about 2,000 live in simple conditions but decent product fishing, smallholder agriculture and now tourism.   Masaya Volcano & Masaya Market: The Masaya Volcano is a volcanic complex composed of a set of boilers and craters. You will notice the smoking crater and if lucky, you can see the parakeets strangely inhabit the volcano. The Masaya Volcano is the only volcano in the Western Hemisphere where you can reach by car to the crater rim. Then will know the famous Masaya Handicrafts Market, considered the heart of handicrafts in Nicaragua. In addition to the unique products Nicaraguans as hammocks, embroidered blouses, wood carvings, leather goods, ceramics, paintings and hemp fabric, the market is quite large and offers sundries. The Craft Market is located in what used to be the Old Market, built in 1891, destroyed twice by fire and rebuilt to make it a safe and convenient shopping. Continue to Catarina, typical Nicaraguan village that allows views of Lake Nicaragua, the city of Granada, Mombacho Volcano and the Apoyo Lagoon. Learn how residents in Catarina live their daily lives, including tending nurseries and raising horses.   Return to departure place  for drop-off at the end of the day.. 

$245 Outdoor Activities

MEGACOMBO PRIVATE NICARAGUA TOUR FROM DREAMS LAS MAREAS

San Juan del sur:we take visitors on a scenic drive through Southern Nicaragua, climb to the hilltop statue of Cristo de la Misericordia Lookout where you can take amazing photos of the breathtaking views of the San Juan del sur bay.  Rivas city tour:we'll head to Rivas driving by "La Virgen" beach while looking at the Concepcion and Maderas volcanoes.The drive to Rivas takes approximately 40 minutes where we will take a small tricycle tour thru the Rivas city.  Mombacho volcano Granada colonial city & Isletas: Enjoy pre-Columbian statues and ceramics, cobbled streets and numerous churches and monuments of great architectural significance, we will do a horse carriage tour of the colonial city including a chocolate factory and cigar shop.  Islets of Granada: In this excursion we will embark on a tour of the famous islets of Granada, an archipelago of islands formed by the eruption of the Mombacho volcano. Here you can enjoy the natural beauty of the islands with the panoramic view of Mombacho Volcano. On this trip we will discover some of the 365 small islands “Islets” and its fauna, flora and the inhabitants of the so-called “Islanders”, the community of about 2,000 live in simple conditions but decent product fishing, smallholder agriculture and now tourism.  Masaya Volcano & Masaya Market: The Masaya Volcano is a volcanic complex composed of a set of boilers and craters. You will notice the smoking crater and if lucky, you can see the parakeets strangely inhabit the volcano. The Masaya Volcano is the only volcano in the Western Hemisphere where you can reach by car to the crater rim. Then will know the famous Masaya Handicrafts Market, considered the heart of handicrafts in Nicaragua. In addition to the unique products Nicaraguans as hammocks, embroidered blouses, wood carvings, leather goods, ceramics, paintings and hemp fabric, the market is quite large and offers sundries. The Craft Market is located in what used to be the Old Market, built in 1891, destroyed twice by fire and rebuilt to make it a safe and convenient shopping. Continue to Catarina, typical Nicaraguan village that allows views of Lake Nicaragua, the city of Granada, Mombacho Volcano and the Apoyo Lagoon. Learn how residents in Catarina live their daily lives, including tending nurseries and raising horses.   Return to departure place  for drop-off at the end of the day.. 

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