Top things to do in Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos

Top Choice Volcano in Masaya & Los Pueblos Blancos

Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya

Described by the Spaniards as the gates of hell, the craters that comprise Volcán Masaya National Park are the most easily accessible active volcanoes in the country. The two volcanoes at the park, Masaya and Nindir…
Top Choice Art in San Juan de Oriente

Galería de Helio Gutiérrez

The recipient of more international awards than any other master in the village, Helio combines geometric, traditional and contemporary design elements in his unique ceramics and is known as the father of the contem…
Top Choice Religious in Diriamba

Fiesta de San Sebastián

The most remarkable of the fiestas patronales (saints days) celebrated in the Pueblos Blancos, this week-long folklore celebration blends pagan and Catholic elements with exuberant costumes and dance. Look out for t…
Top Choice Cultural in Masaya

Noche de Agüizotes

Not to be confused with the Day of the Dead, this spooky festival features legends such as the mocuana (the spirit that haunts La Mocuana hill), the chancha bruja (pig witch) and La Cegua, a monstrous woman who appe…
Top Choice Mexican in Masaya

La Mestiza

An unexpected surprise, La Mestiza serves some of the best and most authentic Mexican food in Nicaragua. We love their tacos de chicharrón en salsa verde (pork scratchings with salsa verde) and cochinita pibil (Yuca…
Art in San Juan de Oriente

Red Clay

This stellar shop mostly stocks high-end pieces by Miguel Maldonado, winner of national and international awards, which blend traditional, geometric and contemporary design. There are also a number of excellent piec…
Art in San Juan de Oriente

Galería de Arte Ortíz

Internationally renowned José Ortiz produces very distinctive contemporary pottery known for its cubistic forms reminiscent of Picasso and its use of bold colors (particularly blue). His style is unmistakeable and h…
Religious in Carazo

Fiesta de Toro Guaco

Carazo’s four major towns celebrate this interesting, ancient ritual. La Concepción brings out her patron saint, the Black Virgin of Montserrat, to meet Santiago, patron of Jinotepe, the old Nicarao capital; San Seb…
Art in San Juan de Oriente

Artesanías Jacobo

Young artist Jacobo Potosme specializes in traditional pottery styles, combined with fine geometric detail. Some of his pieces combine several patterns in one, making them intricate works of art. His mother, wife an…
Art in San Juan de Oriente

Cerámica Miguel Ángel

Miguel Ángel Calero, known locally as Michelangelo, is well-known for his finely detailed geometric pieces, as well as pottery influenced by pre-Columbian designs. There's something for every budget here, including …