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$172 Cultural & Theme Tours

Nicaragua: Catarina, Masaya Volcano, Granada from Guanacaste

After pickup from your hotel in Guanacaste, enjoy a typical Costa Rican breakfast at Rest Toro Negro (or similar) in Liberia, located in the northwest region of the country. Then, re-board your coach to cross the border into Nicaragua.First, stop at Catarina viewpoint, one of the highest hills surrounding the Apoyo Lagoon. Look out across the water to adjacent Lake Nicaragua and admire Mombacho Volcano, which borders the lake.Next, head to the Catarina Craft Market. It’s an interesting place to search for souvenirs, including textile and ceramic handicrafts along with goods made of leather and wood.Continue to Granada, established in 1524, and hop inside a volanta for a 45-minute horse-drawn carriage ride. Learn about the city’s colonial history and architecture as you pass the colorful homes and squares along the palm-lined streets. Pass attractions such as Parque Central, a central park popular with local residents, and admire the 12 stained-glass windows of Granada Cathedral, housed within its borders. Next, enjoy a leisurely a la carte lunch at Rest El Mariscazo (or similar) before heading to Masaya Volcano National Park, Nicaragua's first and largest National Park. You will be able to see the active volcano and the sulfuric smoke fumes spewing from its main crater, Santiago. You will have a chance to take pictures and enjoy the beautiful views of the whole area.Your tour ends with transport back to your hotel in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

$85 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

Granada to Masaya City and Volcano Small-Group 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

$65 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Colonial Granada Islets boat ride and Masaya volcano

We will start this tour by picking you up at your place and drive a short ride to Masaya volcano which is the most active and impressive volcano in Nicaragua, all this can be witness from people from all ages because the trip take you all the way to the crater of the volcano by car no Hiking needed, after witness this impressive view and volcanic activity we drive back to the city of Masaya where we will enjoy of the Masaya art craft Market full of colours and beautiful souvenirs, after Masaya city we will visit to a couple of towns that we call them the white towns, Catarina and San Juan the Oriente, Catarina is very well known for the amazing view and the nursery housing tons of different colors and smell of the flowers and plants and San Juan de Oriente with their pottery heritage make a perfect spot to get into one of this workshops and see how indigenous people have being doing this art for hundreds of years.After Masaya we drive back to the city of Granada where we will have a relaxing walking tour through the city, visiting different and beautiful colonial sites as the convent and Church San Francisco the oldest building in town and now a museum that holds excellent statuary from Zapatera and Ometepe Island statuary which comes from 800 to 1200 years ago, La Casa de los tres mundos beautiful colonial building that provide art classes to the locals, la Merced church maybe one of the most elegant churches in town  which has a tower from which we can witness the majestic of the city, the Cathedral the biggest building in town, La Polvora fortress witness of war and revolution, a local cigar shop….and much more.After a relaxing walking tour we will head to Lake Nicaragua to enjoy the beautiful archipelago of Asese and the Isletas of Granada while watching some of the colorful birds from the area. (Osprey, Tiger Heron, Limpkin, Flycatchers, Kingfishers, Egrets, etc), Besides Birds lake Nicaragua is home of different fish as fresh water bass, red devil bass, tilapias and also fish from the ocean as Bull shark, Gar alligator, Tarpons and sawfish. Lake Nicaragua is the second biggest lake in Latin-American after Titicaca, Rediscover the path between the two oceans by boat and delight your eyes with this piece of heaven on earth more when the sun goes down in the distance.After Enjoying this enrichener day we will take you back to your hotel.

$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.