Must see attractions in Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos

  • Sights in Carazo

    Gaia Estate

    Birdwatching and coffee tours are conveniently rolled into one at Gaia Estate, a lush, 90-acre organic coffee farm. Over 150 species of birds live here, and forested trails lead past 60 species of trees. From Diriamba's Puma gas station turn right towards Diriamba Stadium, then right again in front of the stadium and drive 4.5km to the village of San Carlos. The road curves left and the entrance to Bosques de Gaia (known locally as 'Miramar') is past the curve.

  • Sights in Carazo

    Reserva Ecológica La Maquina

    Take a dip in the pools beneath spectacular waterfalls at this lovely nature reserve, then explore the short hiking trails that traverse the 154-hectare property – mainly primary dry tropical forest with a few bonus waterfalls and big trees, including huge strangler figs.

  • Sights in Carazo

    Museo Ecológico Trópico Seco

    Nicaragua’s first natural history museum (sort of) offers informative, if low-budget, displays that focus primarily on the ecosystem of the Río Grande de Corazo and turtles of the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Río Escalante Chacocente. It's sometimes inexplicably closed.

  • Sights in Los Pueblos Blancos

    Biblioteca Augusto C Sandino

    This simple corner building was the childhood home of revolutionary leader Augusto C Sandino. Now it's a library and small museum devoted to Sandino memorabilia, but opening hours are erratic.

  • Sights in Carazo

    Centro Turistico La Boquita

    This waterfront complex offers amenities for beachgoers, from bars and restaurants to public restrooms. Just follow the only road west to the end.