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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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Leon Day Trip from Managua

Leon Day Trip from Managua

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Explore León, a Nicaraguan colonial city, on this full-day sightseeing trip from Managua. With a knowledgeable local guide, visit the Rubén Darío Museum to learn about Nicaragua's most famous writer and tour the Ortiz Guardian Foundation's art center to further understand Nicaraguan culture and artistry. Stroll through two separate UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Baroque Cathedral of León and León Viejo (León's Old Town). Round-trip transportation from Managua hotels is included. 
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$141.57
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US$141.57
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fantastic guide. we happened to be...

fantastic guide. we happened to be the only ones on the tour, so it was literally a private tour. guide was amazing and was so passionate about his work. worth the trip.

Rakesh H, Jun. 2017

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Ometepe Island Day Trip from Managua

Ometepe Island Day Trip from Managua

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Discover the highlights of Ometepe Island on this full-day guided sightseeing tour from Managua. Travel by car through a lush landscape, then board a ferry to reach the island, the largest in Lake Nicaragua. Visit a nature reserve that contains two volcanoes and visit a museum dedicated to the island's original inhabitants. Relax at a local restaurant and enjoy a traditional Nicaraguan lunch. Round-trip transportation from Managua hotels is included.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$171.59
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US$171.59

Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour

Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour

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This tour to Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Volcano from Managua offers great value by combining two of Granada’s most popular activities into a single day trip. Not only does this tour provide seamless transportation between two tricky-to-reach destinations, but it also includes all while keeping costs low for budget-minded travelers.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$60.30
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US$60.30
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Private Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding

Private Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding

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Strap on a board and get ready for fun during a private 6-hour sand boarding trip on the slopes of Cerro Negro Volcano. Admire the striking landscape near Managua on your way to the volcano, making one-hour ascent by foot to the 1,600-foot (500-meter) summit. After soaking up great views, grab your board and rocket down the steep surface of the volcano, zooming downwards on an adrenaline-fueled, 5-minute, ride you’re sure to remember for years to come. Your adventure also includes a private guide and vehicle and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$187.00
Price varies by group size
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US$187.00
Price varies by group size
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Full day tour: Granada City + Boat ride+Handicraft Market+Lava Tour

Full day tour: Granada City + Boat ride+Handicraft Market+Lava Tour

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Live this eco colonial and volcanic adventure enjoying 3 tours paying only for one. Give yourself the luxery of having your own local tour guide who is knowledgeable, fluent in English who also provides a personal approach. On top of that offers safe private transportation. Explore the islets on lake Granada-Nicaragua, the majestic colonial architecture of the city and feel the adrenaline of taking a stuning picutre with the orange color of the lava in the background at the active volcano in Masaya. Activities: Picture taking /Bird watching/Nature tour Boat ride on lake Granada/Nicaragua ( you get to actualluy get off in one of the islets to visit the historic san pablo fortress) Walking tour downtown/hall of churches and chocolate museum. Visit to La merced church and its view point from bell tower. Lunch at la calzada street ( not included). Visit to Masaya volcano at night. ( take breath taking pictures on the top of the hill with the lava in the background.( Sunset beholding)
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size

Leon and Old Town Leon Tour

Leon and Old Town Leon Tour

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If you only have a day in Leon, this tour from Managua is a great option. Visit top Leon sites like the Leon Cathedral and Museo Ortiz-Gurdian Art Foundation, in addition to natural attractions on the outskirts of the city including a vista point of Momotombo volcano and the San Jacinto Volcanic Fields. Throughout the tour, a guide shares information you might miss if visiting on your own, creating a richer experience.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$223.00
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US$223.00

El Chocoyero El Brujo Nature Reserve Hike from Managua

El Chocoyero El Brujo Nature Reserve Hike from Managua

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Explore the natural landscape of El Chocoyero El Brujo Nature Reserve on this 5-hour excursion from Managua. Along with your small group of fewer than 10 people, follow your guide on a trek to a cascading waterfall through the variety of native vegetation. Learn about the environment and its plant and animal inhabitants such as howler monkeys and Chocoyos, a species of parrots endemic to the area. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Managua is included.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$88.00
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US$88.00

Granada Isletas and City tour

Granada Isletas and City tour

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The Islets of Granada are a popular day trip for Nicaragua visitors: their natural beauty and rich wildlife make them a hit with kids and adults alike. This private tour of the Islets offers incredible value for seeing them in just one day, offering hotel pickup and drop-off plus the chance to visit other Granada attractions such as La Merced and a chocolate museum.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size
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US$68.00
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Private Flor de Caña Rum Distillery and León City

Private Flor de Caña Rum Distillery and León City

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Sample Nicaragua’s unique historical sights and its thriving rum industry during this full-day private trip to Flor de Caña distillery and the colonial city of León. Head to Flor de Caña for a rum tasting, distillery tour and a visit to a museum housed inside the world’s largest rum barrel. Then visit León, the one-time capital of Nicaragua, discovering its rich history and a UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral. This rum tour and León visit also covers a private guide and vehicle, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$165.00
Price varies by group size
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US$165.00
Price varies by group size
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Volcanoes Full Day

Volcanoes Full Day

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Explore Nicaragua’s volcanic landscape on this all-day guided tour. After a convenient hotel pickup, head to Mombacho volcano and learn about its forest-covered craters, monkeys, and other wildlife from an informative guide. Take a dip, sunbathe on a swim platform, or paddle board in Laguna Apoyo, where you’ll enjoy lunch included in the tour price. End the day by peering over the lip of a crater at Masaya National Park.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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US$154.83
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US$154.83

Granada+Apoyo Lagoon +handicraft market+ Masaya volcano night tour

Granada+Apoyo Lagoon +handicraft market+ Masaya volcano night tour

• This volcanic and refreshing outdoor activity starts when your meet your Local tour guide at your hotel or airport in Managua at 1pm • The Aventure will take about 6 hours including the drive back and forth to your Hotel. • Learn about the historics event from Masaya Volcano and the intersting way the lava belt works. Visit the handicraft market from masaya • Take stunning pictures with an orange background from the lava reflecting on the crater.  • Have a walk on the pointview by the edge of the crater. • Have a nice swim in apoyo Lagoon ( cristal clear water by Masaya) • Kayaking • Have lunch by the lagoon, try tipycal food.( Optional and has aditional cost)
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$55.30
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US$55.30
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Day Trip to Ometepe Island from Managua

Day Trip to Ometepe Island from Managua

With this tour from Managua, it’s easy to visit Ometepe in just one day. Private transportation and an efficient itinerary take you to the island’s top sights, including the Ojo de Agua mineral spring, Chaco Verde nature reserve, and Santo Domingo Beach. Plus, going with a tour streamlines somewhat tricky transportation, including a ferry ride.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$106.17
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US$106.17

Granada+Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya volcano night tour

Granada+Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya volcano night tour

• This volcanic-colonial and refreshing outdoor activity starts when your meet your Local tour guide at your hotel or airport in Managua at 10am • The Aventure will take about 6 -7 hours including the drive back and forth to your Hotel. Learn and enjoy about our colonial buildings,culture and history from Granada city. • Learn about the historics event from Masaya Volcano and the intersting way the lava belt works. • Take stunning pictures with an orange background from the lava reflecting on the crater.  • Have a walk on the pointview by the edge of the crater. • Have a nice swim in apoyo Lagoon ( cristal clear water by Masaya) • Kayaking • Have lunch by the lagoon, try tipycal food.( Optional and has aditional cost)
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$175.94
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US$175.94
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Granada Isletas +Colonial City tour

Granada Isletas +Colonial City tour

Experience the wonderful combination of a eco-colonial adventure. With this outdoor activity you will be in touch with nature doing a boat rider by the small islands on lake granada and the beautiful view from Catarina lookout overssen the reserve laguna de apoyo. Also admire the exquisite architecture from the colonial churches and building of 1600s and learn bout our history/culture. • We will take you to an adventure of 6-7 Hours Private Tour narrated by your Bilingual Local guide and driver.( This is private we are not picking up anybody else) • Sightseeing/walking tour main cathedrals and atractions including the chocolate museum. • Learn about the history of chocolate in the chocolate museum and Have a free taste of a special chocolate drink.( have the chance to buy chocolate cigars, coffee and more) • Exciting hour of Boat tour on lake Nicaragua( visiting a family of monkeys in one of the isletas and getting off the boat on fortress San Pablo).
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size

Private: Granada Colonial Tour

Private: Granada Colonial Tour

Discover the history of the first European City mainland in Las Americas, named "Granada" in 1524 and today called "The Paris of Central America". Granada is historically one of Nicaragua's most important cities, economically and politically.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$155.00
Price varies by group size
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US$155.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Market

Private Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Market

This private tour takes you from Managua to three Masaya area attractions in a day: Masaya Volcano, Masaya Crafts Market, and Laguna de Apoyo. Your guide helps you get the best deals at the market and shares loads of information about the area’s history and culture throughout the day, plus provides safe and reliable transportation among destinations.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$157.00
Price varies by group size
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US$157.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Mombacho Volcano Adventure

Private Mombacho Volcano Adventure

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Explore the Mombacho Reserve, home to the active Mombacho stratovolcano, during this half-day tour from Managua. Strap in to your harness and helmet and go ziplining, traversing a network of 17 platforms, 11 steel cables, a foot bridge and a vertical rappelling descent. Zoom through the forest canopy accompanied by an expert adventure guide who will provide commentary on the local flora and fauna. End your excursion with a visit to a coffee plantation on Mombacho Farm to enjoy a cup of the local 'Café Las Flores'. Use of all equipment and round-trip transportation from Managua is included.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$149.00
Price varies by group size
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US$149.00
Price varies by group size
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Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding, Nicaragua (2- 3 persons)

Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding, Nicaragua (2- 3 persons)

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Cerro Negro Volcano Offers a unique experience in the world: Sandoboarding on ash from one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua. We promise you a tour full of adventure and adrenaline.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.52
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US$96.52

Laguna de apoyo day pass + masaya volcano lava tour

Laguna de apoyo day pass + masaya volcano lava tour

This tour to Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya Volcano offers great value by combining two of Granada’s most popular activities into a single day trip. Not only does this tour provide seamless transportation between two tricky-to-reach destinations but also includes hotel pick up and drop off not to mentioned that will be guided by an enlgish speaker local tour guide. • The Aventure will take about 6 -7 hours including the drive back and forth to your Hotel. • Learn about the historics event from Masaya Volcano and the intersting way the lava belt works. • Take stunning pictures with an orange background from the lava reflecting on the crater.  • Have a walk on the pointview by the edge of the crater. • Have a nice swim in apoyo Lagoon ( cristal clear water ) • Kayaking • Have lunch by the lagoon, try tipycal food.( Optional and has aditional cost)
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$60.30
Price varies by group size
From
US$60.30
Price varies by group size

SOMOTO Canyon Tour, Nicaragua (2-3 persons)

SOMOTO Canyon Tour, Nicaragua (2-3 persons)

The Somoto Canyon is one of the oldest rock formations in Central America. It offers an alternative and rustic tourism where you can make the tour on the rock, while enjoying the flow of its waters with an unparalleled landscape.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$96.52
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US$96.52

Full Day Tour in Granada colonial city +lake +handicraft market + Masaya volcano

Full Day Tour in Granada colonial city +lake +handicraft market + Masaya volcano

Live this eco colonial and volcanic adventure enjoying 3 tours paying only for one. Give yourself the luxery of having your own local tour guide who is knowledgeable, fluent in English who also provides a personal approach. On top of that offers safe private transportation. Explore the islets on lake Granada-Nicaragua, the majestic colonial architecture of the city and feel the adrenaline of taking a stuning picutre with the orange color of the lava in the background at the active volcano in Masaya. Activities: Picture taking /Bird watching/Nature tour Boat ride on lake Granada/Nicaragua ( you may get off in one of the islets to visit the historic san pablo fortress) Walking tour downtown Granada/hall of churches and chocolate museum. Visit to La merced church and its view point from bell tower. Lunch at la calzada street ( not included). Visit to Masaya volcano at night. ( take breath taking pictures on the top of the hill with the lava in the background.( Sunset beholding)
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$79.50
Price varies by group size
From
US$79.50
Price varies by group size

SOMOTO Canyon Tour, Nicaragua (Group of 17-25 people)

SOMOTO Canyon Tour, Nicaragua (Group of 17-25 people)

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The SOMOTO canyon is one of the oldest rock formations in Central America and offers a destination full of adventure, which allows you to enjoy its waters and the landscape, so that its route offers a unique setting in the country
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$1,340.49
per group
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US$1,340.49
per group

Private: Masaya Volcano & Artisan Town

Private: Masaya Volcano & Artisan Town

The most colorful and folkloric town in Nicaragua is Masaya. Hand-made wooden, leathered, and cotton products as clothing, shoes, bags, decorations, and souvenirs fill the Masaya Market as well as traditional meals and beverages. Add an ounce of adventure by visiting an active volcano standing right in-front of the lava lake at its crater.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$142.00
Price varies by group size
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US$142.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Daytrip In Leon And Ruins Of Leon From Managua

Private Daytrip In Leon And Ruins Of Leon From Managua

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This private tour of Leon offers incredible sightseeing value: all transportation are included—even if you’re coming from Managua. Plus, going on a private tour means unlimited attention from your guide as you hit top sights such as the Leon Cathedral, Museum of Legends and Traditions, and the Ruins of Leon.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$93.80
Price varies by group size
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US$93.80
Price varies by group size

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