Welcome to Masaya

Masaya is 29km southeast of Managua and 16km northwest of Granada. The city sits at the edge of Laguna de Masaya, beyond which rises Volcán Masaya, which can be visited on day trips from here or Granada.

At the time of writing, Masaya had been the worst affected by political violence of Nicaragua's towns (from April 2018 onwards). Neighborhoods barricaded themselves off from the riot police and a number of residents had been killed.

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$66.25 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Masaya and Granada from Managua

After pickup from your Managua hotel, head 18 miles (29 km) to Masaya, known both as the 'City of Flowers' and as the ‘Cradle of Folklore.’ First visit Masaya Volcano National Park, where you’ll see its active crater up close before visiting the Ecological Museum to learn about the geology and history of the volcano. Then head into town and walk through the local market, where you'll find beautiful handmade crafts made from wood and ceramics, as well as clothing and jewelry. Masaya is known for its handicrafts, so this is a great place to pick up a souvenir, if you wish!Next, re-board your coach and enjoy the drive to Granada. Located on the shores of Lake Nicaragua (also known as Lake Cocibolca), Granada is a quaint colonial city filled with colorfully painted buildings and rich history. Admire the colonial architecture, sample local food like the delicious vigoron, a plantain wrap filled with pork and cabbage (own expense), and learn about the city’s culture and history from your guide. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and then continue your tour of Granada to Independence Plaza, where you'll find an obelisk dedicated to the heroes of the 1821 struggle for independence. Then head to Central Park, where you'll see the Cathedral of Granada, originally built in the early 1500s. Admire the cathedral’s four chapels and 12 stained-glass windows, and then walk along the pedestrianized street of La Calzada to marvel at the colorful colonial buildings.Next, visit the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, which houses one of the best museums in the region. Tour the museum to see Primitivist art, a to-scale model of the city and the Zapatera statuary. Then visit Casa de los Tres Mundos, a foundation created to support and promote cultural projects in Nicaragua. Tour the beautiful mansion that houses Casa de los Tres Mundos, and browse through a few art displays. Your tour ends when you are transported back to your Managua hotel.

$120 Cultural & Theme Tours

Granada Colonial City Tour and Masaya Volcano with Boat Ride

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Masaya Volcano National Park, Masaya, Masaya DepartmentVisitor CenterActive Crater with fume and LavaDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Masaya Crafts Market, Masaya, Masaya DepartmentLocal souvenir,ceramic.wood bowls,T shirts,painting,leather,shoes,and more...Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Las Isletas, Lake NicaraguaSmall Island full of vegetation and shore birds and monkeysLocal Fisherman house and luxury vacation homesDuration: 1 hour

$50 Day Trips & Excursions

Masaya city by local bus

After get together at a specific location, we begin this journey by taking the local bus from Granada to Managua (same buses locals take , Moment that can be used to practice your Spanish, learn along the way or simply enjoy the trip as a local) it will take about 30 minutes approximately to the entrance of Masaya Volcano National Park. Then we change vehicle and we will use the car of the national park to enjoy this wonderful and unique place in Nicaragua and Central America.Masaya Volcano is Nicaragua's most active volcano and one of the few which are reachable by car to the crater itself. After enjoying this colossus, we will take the local bus to go to the city of Masaya, where we can enjoy the crafts market a beautiful place with lots of Colors and enjoy a local lunch, then always on public transport we head to one of the most beautiful viewpoint in the Pacific of Nicaragua Catarina viewpoint, after enjoyed the viewpoint we will use the tuk tuk and we will drive from Catarina to the town of San Juan de Oriente place to see local artisans make ceramics, a millenary tradition from this town. After this activity we will take a bus to the city of Granada.

$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.

$2000 Multi-day & Extended Tours

14-Day Nicaragua from North to South

Day 1: Pick up in Managua airport and travel to Matagalpa, where you will spend the night at Buongiorno Principessa hotel.Day 2: Leaving to El Chile indigenous community. Visit to traditional indigenous looms, walk around the community and up to El Chile hill. After having a traditional lunch, you will leave to Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, where you will spend the night.Day 3: Trekking in Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.Day 4:Leaving from Bosawas to León we will arrival in the afternoon and spend the night at Malinche hostel.Day 5: Enjoy a city tour of León in the morning. You will have free time in the afternoon at the beach. Overnight in León.Day 6: Cerro Negro climbing and sand-boarding. In the afternoon you will visit the Tiger lagoon. Night in LeónDay 7: From León we'llnow go to Masaya. Going up to Masaya Volcano by car and horse-riding around the crater. In the evening you will visit Masaya traditional market, Catarina view point and you will spend the night in Granada, at La Siesta hotel.Day 8: Visiting Granada in the morning, chance of a boat trip around "Las Isletas", a small island in Cocicolba Lake or kayaking in Asese bay. Night in Granada.Day 9: Trekking in Mombacho volcano in the morning. In afternoon you will leave to Ometepe Island, where you will spend the night. Overnight at Finca Venecia hotel.Day 10: You will spend the all day discovering the island. n the morning you will walk up to San Ramón waterfall and at around 3:30pm get ready to return. In the afternoon you can relax having a bath in the "Ojo de Agua" thermal waters.Day 11:Leaving from Ometepe to San Juan del Sur. You will spend the evening in Maderas beach and the night in Casa Maderas Ecolodge.Day 12: Spend the day in Maderas beach.Day 13: Boat trip to watch whales and/or turtles according to the season. Afternoon in one of its beaches. You will spend the night in San Juan del Sur or in Managua, according to your return flight.Day 14: Flight back home.

$154 Day Trips & Excursions

Volcanoes Full Day

8:00am – Your day will starts visiting the Mombacho Volcano. This dormant volcano has four craters. All of the craters are covered with cloud forest. This type of forest is only found on one other spot in the Pacific, and that is on the Apoyo Lagoon. On the Mombacho volcano, you are going to walk around one of the craters, you can find a lots of different trees and plants that thrive because of the cloud forests humidity, also can observe howler and white face monkeys, as well as snakes, deer, reptiles, birds, and insects.12:30pm – Your next stop is to Apoyo Lagoon, a nature reserve located between the departments of Masaya and Granada. Apoyo is the deepest geological point in Central America. This ancient volcano last erupted 20,000 years ago.The glistening deep-blue Crater lagoon with its slightly salty water is an invitation to swim, dive, sail or paddle. Here you have one of the cleanest lakes in the entire region. For swimmers, there are no dangers lurking under the surface and the water temperature between 25 and 28 degrees is just right for a refreshing dip anytime and is especially inviting on cooler days. Measuring around six kilometers across and with a surface area of approximately 2,100 hectares there is plenty of room for water sports without disturbing the habitat of the many varieties of fish.5:00pm – After your relaxing afternoon get ready to visit the Masaya Volcano National Park. We are going up to the viewpoint, which will allow you to look inside the crater mouth, and observe the lava activity from a recent crater formed. You will be back to the city of Granada around 8:00 pm.