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Top Day Trips from Managua

By Viator, May 2018

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Set on the banks of the vast Lake Managua and flanked by towering volcanoes, lush nature reserves, and sweeping lagoons, the Nicaraguan capital is ideally situated for exploring the country’s highlights. Here are your options for day tours from Managua.

El Brujo Natural Reserve—22 miles (35 kilometers) from Managua
Right on Managua’s doorstep, the El Brujo Natural Reserve—also known as the Chocoyero Natural Reserve—is the easiest option for a day hike from Managua. Walking trails loop through the forest, passing natural waterfalls, and you might even spot howler monkeys and Chocoyos parrots. 

Granada—27 miles (43 kilometers) from Managua
The colonial city of Granada is one of the most popular day trips from Managua, with highlights that include the cultural center of Casa de los Tres Mundos, the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, and the Parque Central. Day tours often include a visit to the nearby town of Masaya, home to the Masaya Volcano National Park and renowned for its traditional handicrafts, or a scenic cruise around the islands of Lake Nicaragua, where you might even catch sight of freshwater sharks and sawfish.

Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve—32 miles (51 kilometers) from Managua
Looming over the shores of Lake Nicaragua, Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve offers abundant hiking opportunities, including the option to summit the 4,265-foot (1,300-meter) volcano. The most thrilling way to take in the views is by zipline, flying through the treetops on over 4,900 feet (1,494 meters) of cables. Alternatively, the nearby Apoyo Lagoon makes a scenic spot for kayaking or swimming, and wildlife sightings include toucans, tropical hummingbirds, howler monkeys, and rare butterflies. 

Leon—59 miles (95 kilometers) from 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. Once you’ve explored the town, you can swap sightseeing for sand-boarding, scrambling to the 1,640-foot (500-meter) summit of the nearby Cerro Negro volcano and zooming down the black gravel slopes on a sand board.

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Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua, Managua, null
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Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

This complete full-day tour allows you to experience many of the breathtaking Nicaragua stops in one day. You will travel from Managua to several ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $90.00
Volcanoes Full Day, Managua, Day Trips
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Volcanoes Full Day

Nicaragua is known as the land of volcanoes ... Discover these 3 volcanoes (Volcano Mombacho, Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya Volcano) in one day

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 9 to 10 hrs

From USD $154.00
Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour, Managua, Day Trips
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Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour

This volcanic and refreshing outdoor activity starts when your meet your Local tour guide at your hotel in Managua or Masaya. The Aventure will ...  Read more

Location: , Nicaragua
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.50
Mombacho Volcano Zipline Canopy Tour, Managua, Day Trips
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Mombacho Volcano Zipline Canopy Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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 $90.00
Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua, Managua, Ziplines
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Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

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 $66.25
Ometepe Island Day Trip from Managua, Managua, Day Trips
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Ometepe Island Day Trip from Managua

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $160.00
Masaya Volcano and Handicraft Market Day Trip from Managua, Managua, Day Trips
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Masaya Volcano and Handicraft Market Day Trip from Managua

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $85.00
Day Trip to Ometepe Island, Managua, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Ometepe Island

We will travel to relax at the beautiful and enchanting island of Ometepe, to enjoy all its natural beauty that made it postulate as contestant of the last 7 ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 10 to 12 hrs

From USD $140.00
Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro and Las Peñitas Beach Tour, Managua, Day Trips
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Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro and Las Peñitas Beach Tour

The perfect activity for the adventurers! What is Sandboarding: an extreme sport that consists in descending the slopes of black sand of the active volcano ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

From USD $120.00
Peñas Blancas and Bosawas, Managua, Day Trips
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Peñas Blancas and Bosawas

This big rocky mountain range is placed among La Dalia, Rancho Grande (Matagalpa) towns and El Cuá town (Jinotega), in the north of the country. ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $312.50

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