Welcome to San Juan de Oriente


You can spend hours here, wandering around, watching the masters at work and perhaps even trying your own hand at pottery making at a foot-spun pottery wheel.


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$90 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

Although the city was overwhelmed by pirates, destroyed during the civil wars and set afire by American filibuster William Walker in 1856, Granada remains today one of the most beautiful cities in Nicaragua. You can visit interesting places and appreciate the beautiful architecture of the city. We will enjoy a traditional lunch (included) before finishing our trip with a boat trip to the beautiful islands of Lake Nicaragua and at the end we will visit and way back to Managua we will visit the Catarina Viewpoint that offers impressive views of the Apoyo Lagoon and its surroundings, and a place to take panoramic photos without forgetting that you can find the best crafts in the neighboring town of San Juan de Oriente.

$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

$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.

$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.

$95 Day Trips & Excursions

Masaya Highlights

The tour starts with the pick up at your centrally located hotel or previous designated site in Granada, where you meet our team to continue with your amazing day around Masaya region. Look inside an active volcano, explore a colourful market, have lunch at a crater lake and visit surrounding villages all in one day! The tour starts at Masaya Volcano National Park. Your driver brings you to the summit of the volcano, where youll peek inside the active crater. Your next stop is Masaya´s artisan market, where you can purchase quality Nicaraguan handicrafts. Before heading to the last stop of the tour, the Pueblos Blancos, a tasty lunch is served at Apoyo Lagoon. San Juan de Oriente, one of the so-called White Villages, is the last destination. Here you witness local craftsmen produce fine ceramics out of clay. At the end of the tours your will be returned to your pick-up location in Granada.