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Day Trips from Managua

By Viator, November 2014

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The sprawling markets and maze of uninspired architecture that make up Managua do little justice its charms, but the chaotic Nicaraguan capital is still ideally situated for exploring the country’s highlights. Set on the banks of the vast Lake Managua and flanked by towering volcanoes, lush nature reserves and sweeping lagoons, there’s simply no excuse for staying put in the city.

The colonial city of Granada is one of the most popular day trips from Managua, where highlights include the cultural center of Casa de los Tres Mundos, the Convent and Museum of San Francisco and the Parque Central. Founded by the Spanish in 1524, Granada is one of the oldest cities in the New World and remains an important center of Nicaraguan culture and heritage. Combine your trip with a stop at the nearby town of Masaya, home to the breathtaking Masaya Volcano National Park and renowned for its traditional handicrafts, or enjoy a scenic cruise around the islands of Lake Nicaragua, where you might even catch sight of freshwater sharks and sawfish.

Looming over the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve offers abundant options for hikers, including expansive views from the 4,265-foot volcanic peak. The most thrilling way to take in the views is by zipline, flying between the treetops on over 4,900 feet of zipline cables. Alternatively, the nearby Apoyo Lagoon is a haven for native wildlife, including colorful toucans, hummingbirds, howler monkeys and rare butterflies. The 656-foot deep pool lies in an ancient volcanic crater and makes a scenic spot for kayaking or swimming.

Another easy trip, this time northwest of Managua, Nicaragua’s second-largest city Leon is also one of its most picturesque, encompassing two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Leon Viejo and the Cathedral of Leon and some of the country’s most impressive colonial architecture. And once you’ve tired of exploring the town, you can always swap sightseeing for sandboarding, scrambling to the 1,640-foot summit of the nearby Cerro Negro Volcano and zooming down the black gravel slopes on a sandboard.

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Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve Hiking and Ziplining Tour

Visit the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve on this day trip from Managua! Explore the inactive volcano on foot with your expert guide and discover unique plants ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.99

Masaya Volcano and Handicraft Market Day Trip from Managua

Volcanoes, folklore and handicrafts aren’t an obvious combination, but on this 5-hour guided tour you’ll see they go together quite well. First drive to Masaya ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.99

Somoto Canyon Day Trip from Managua

Somoto Canyon was relatively unknown until a group of scientists from Nicaragua and the Czech Republic stumbled upon it in 2004. Since then, it’s been a ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $164.99

Ometepe Island Day Trip from Managua

Explore Ometepe Island, the largest island in Lake Nicaragua, on this full-day guided tour. Drive through lush nature and take a ferry to the island. Visit a ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.99

Café Las Flores Coffee Plantation Tour from Managua

Most of us drink coffee every day, but we likely don’t put a lot of thought into how the beans are harvested, roasted and packaged for sale. Learn all about ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.49

Day Trip to Masaya and Granada from Managua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit the Nicaraguan cities of Masaya and Granada on this day trip from Managua. First explore Masaya, where you'll discover a large local market filled with ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.99

Mombacho Volcano Zipline Canopy Tour

Try ziplining on a volcano covered in cloud forest on this 5-hour adventure. Travel from Managua to the majestic, 4,410-foot-tall (1,344-meter) Mombacho ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.99

Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua

Enjoy a thrilling sandboard adventure down Cerro Negro Volcano on this day trip from Managua! Hike to the top of Cerro Negro and take in panoramic views of ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99

Apoyo Lagoon Adventure from Managua

Venture to the scenic Apoyo Lagoon Natural Reserve on a guided day trip from Managua. This relaxing outdoor adventure introduces you to one of Nicaragua's most ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.99

Masaya and Catarina Day Trip from Managua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Travel to the beautiful towns of Masaya and Catarina on a guided day trip from Managua. Visit Masaya Volcano National Park to observe the active volcano up ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.99

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