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.


Top experiences in San Juan de Oriente

Amazing hotels and hostels

We've pre-picked the best hotels, hostels and bed and breakfasts to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

Travel guides

Starting at $32.49

Image for

San Juan de Oriente activities

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Masaya Volcano National Park, Masaya, Masaya DepartmentWe will travel from Managua passing several places of interest on our way to the exuberant Masaya Volcano National Park, established in 1979 as the first national park in the country. 54 square kilometers of the park include two volcanoes, Nindirí and Masaya. Admire the majestic Santiago crater, one of the largest in the world, from the Masaya volcanic complex at a height of 2,083 feet (635 M). Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Masaya Crafts Market, Masaya, Masaya DepartmentAfter enjoying the National Park, we will visit the crafts market of the city of Masaya YOU CAN BUY A SOUVENIR OR TYPICAL REMEMBERDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Mirador de Catarina, Catarina, Masaya DepartmentWe will make a short stop to see the viewpoint of Catarina, have a unique view of the support lagoon, Lake Nicaragua, Volcán Mombacho, and the city of Granada, a place of peace and sustainableDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Catedral de Granada, Granada, Granada DepartmentOur trip continues in Granada, a permanent city in its original settlement. Known as the oldest city in America, it remains in the same motives of its original foundation built in 1524 by the Spanish captain Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. 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 NicaraguaDuration: 4 hours

$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.

$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.

$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.