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

Masaya and Catarina Day Trip from Managua

Visit Catarina and Masaya, two beautiful and interesting towns not far from Managua, on this full-day tour from Managua. Walk right up to an active volcano crater in Masaya Volcano National Park, then travel in to town to peruse the extensive craft market. Tour the Ecological Museum, then travel to nearby Catarina, a charming town with views of Lake Nicaragua, Mombacho Volcano and Granada. Along the way, listen to informative commentary from you guide about the cultural, geological and historical aspects of the region. Stroll through the municipality of San Juan de Oriente while listening to live traditional Nicaraguan music and viewing some local artwork. 


  • Discover Masaya and Catarina on a day trip from Managua
  • Visit Masaya Volcano National Park and see the active volcano up close
  • Walk around the streets of Catarina and learn about the culture from your local guide
  • Admire impressive views of Granada, Lake Nicaragua and Mombacho Volcano from a lookout point in Catarina
  • Watch local artists at work and enjoy live street music in San Juan de Oriente
  • Entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included

What You Can Expect

Masaya and Catarina Day Trip from Managua

Masaya and Catarina Day Trip from Managua

Following pickup at your hotel in Managua, board a comfortable vehicle for the 18-mile (29-km) ride to Masaya.

Masaya Volcano National Park was founded in the 1970s and was Nicaragua's first national park. Home to over 12 miles (20km) of hiking trails and roads, it contains 2 volcanoes with 5 craters between them. Wildlife like iguanas and monkeys abound, and it is one of the only active volcanos in the world that allows visitors to stand right on the lip of the crater. Learn about the region's history, both geological and cultural, from your guide and a visit to the onsite Ecological Museum. 

Travel to the nearby town of Masaya to peruse the extensive craft market, where you'll find local handicrafts that make memorable souvenirs. After spending some free time touring the market, stop for lunch at your own expense.

Depart Masaya for Catarina, just a few miles south and home to an impressive scenic lookout. Get spectacular views of Mombacho Volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua before traveling into town to take a walk through the colonial lanes past street vendors and restaurants. 

On the way back to Managua, make a pit stop in San Juan de Oriente to hear street musicians playing traditional Nicaraguan tunes and watch local artists at work.

At the end of your 8-hour day of exploring Managua's nearby attractions, return to your hotel for drop-off.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2013

Volcano was amazing, and our guide Erick told us all about its history, both in English and in Spanish. The view from Catarina was stupendous, and we shared it with loads of school-kids on an outing, so much fun! We found wonderful and CHEAP souvenirs for everyone in San Juan de Oriente, enjoyed our lunch in the Masaya market (after some more shopping!) , and could not have been more pleased with our tour. Would recommend this to EVERYONE!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Jose made the trip very enjoyable.

3 star rating: Worth doing June 2015

Not much to see. My guide made the whole day worth it.

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