Welcome to Nindirí
Only 3km north of Masaya, the much more adorable town of Nindirí may have been even more important than Monimbó during the Chorotega era – at least if you're judging by the wealth of archaeological treasures that have been found here. Pre-Columbian artifacts, from urns to masks, tell the story of an ancient indigenous culture that once lived here: you can see them at the tiny Museo Arqueológico Tendirí. If the museum is closed, check out the 1529 Catholic church, which has been left in adobe simplicity by subsequent renovations. It’s home to the statue of Cristo del Volcán, credited with stopping a lava flow from destroying the town during the 1772 eruption that opened the Santiago crater.