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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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Granada Colonial City Tour and Masaya VolcanoDay Trips

Granada Colonial City Tour and Masaya Volcano

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Combine a city tour of Granada, a visit to the active Masaya volcano, and a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua during this tour. Along the way, listen to engaging commentary about the history, culture, food, and people of this Nicaraguan region. Round-trip transportation from Granada hotels included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$120.00
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US$120.00

El Chocoyero El Brujo Nature Reserve Hike from ManaguaDay Trips

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

Day-Trip to Laguna de ApoyoDay Trips

Day-Trip to Laguna de Apoyo

Explore the Laguna de Apoyo Natural Reserve, located in the crater of an extinct volcano, on this full-day trip from Managua,Granada or San Juan del Sur. Get access to a private waterfront villa where you can kayak, swim, and relax on the shore. Lunch and round-trip transportation from Managua are included.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$87.14
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US$87.14

Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night TourDay Trips

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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Somoto Canyon TourDay Trips

Somoto Canyon Tour

If you only have a short amount of time to visit Somoto Canyon, exploring with a guided tour is the best way to go. This tour provides all of the transportation logistics to easily get you from your Managua hotel up to Somoto Canyon and back, plus makes the most of your time there: hiking, swimming, and tubing are all included.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$268.10
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US$268.10

Volcanoes Full DayDay Trips

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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Ometepe Island Day Trip from ManaguaDay Cruises

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

Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro and Las Peñitas Beach TourDay Trips

Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro and Las Peñitas Beach Tour

By combining two top Leon activities, this Leon volcano boarding and beach tour takes you from pure adrenaline to pure bliss. Reach top speeds flying down Cerro Negro Volcano on a sandboard, and then take a short drive to the beach in time to catch a sunset surf session or chill and watch the sunset from one of the many beachside bars.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$209.12
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Farm and Coffee Tour Matagalpa from ManaguaDay Trips

Farm and Coffee Tour Matagalpa from Managua

Immerse yourself in the coffee culture of Nicaragua during this 9-hour private tour from Managua. In the company of an expert guide, you'll learn about the process of coffee production and its importance to the Nicaraguan economy and culture. Lunch and round-trip hotel transportation are included.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$504.03
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US$504.03
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Leon and Old Town Leon TourDay Trips

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

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

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

Leon Day Trip from ManaguaDay Trips

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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Day Trip to Ometepe Island from ManaguaDay Trips

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

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

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
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US$68.00
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Granada+Apoyo Lagoon and Masaya volcano night tourDay Trips

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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Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve Adventure with Ziplining and ATV ActivitiesDay Trips

Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve Adventure with Ziplining and ATV Activities

This Mombacho Volcano tour lets you explore the the popular wildlife area in three different ways under one easy booking. Ride an ATV up steep slopes, hike with a guide on the ground, and fly across the canopy on a zipline tour. This tour even includes hotel pickup and drop-off for hassle-free transportation to and from the park.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$235.93
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US$235.93

Granada Isletas and City tourDay Trips

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
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US$68.00
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Private Flor de Caña Rum Distillery and León City Day Trips

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
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US$165.00
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US$165.00
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Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve and Lake Nicaragua Tour from ManaguaDay Trips

Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve and Lake Nicaragua Tour from Managua

Combine visits to Lake Nicaragua and Mombacho Volcano on a single 7-hour tour from Managua. Travel by boat, on foot, and a private, air-conditioned car; snacks and entrance fees included. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Managua included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.07
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US$75.07

Pilas El Hoyo - Asososca LagoonDay Trips

Pilas El Hoyo - Asososca Lagoon

El Hoyo is a volcanic complex consisting of several structures located in the city of León. The first volcano called El Picachu; After being active the volcano collapsed, forming other volcanic structures. Currently, the most significant is the volcano El Hoyo. This is distinguishable because the crater is a perfect rounded circle and is located in one of its sides, instead of being located at the top. This volcano is not very much climbed so their paths retain a fairly rich and unspoiled nature. Other volcanic structures include the volcano Las Pilas and two other volcanic formations called Laguna de Asososca and Malpaisillo. After a violent eruption craters were formed with less depth, and eventually the water collected in them formed a lagoon. Asososca lagoon is completely covered with water and it is possible to enjoy crystal clear waters.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.09
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US$79.09

Private Cerro Negro Volcano SandboardingDay Trips

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
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US$187.00
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US$187.00
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Peñas Blancas and BosawasDay Trips

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. Peñas Blancas is one of the 6 protected areas which form the Biosphere Reserve Bosawás, one of the key elements in the Mesoamerican biological corridor. It takes up the 14% of national territory, it has 20000 km2 of tropical and cloud forest and it hosts the 3,5% of world biodiversity, among which a lot of species in danger of extinction, such as jaguar and puma. Among its population, we can find the Mayagna and Miskita indigenous people, that have been living in harmony with nature for centuries and have been fighting for the conservation of the forest. Nowadays these communities are strongly threatened by the indiscriminate deforestation, the illegal land appropriation and the quick growing of the agriculture border.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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US$335.13
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US$335.13

Boat ride + Colonial city tour at Granada+Catarina lookoutDay Trips

Boat ride + Colonial city tour at Granada+Catarina lookout

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). Visit lookout catarina.
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  • 6 to 7 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

Boat tour + Granada City +Masaya Volcano Night Tour Day Trips

Boat tour + Granada City +Masaya Volcano Night Tour

Enjoy this guided private tour at Masaya and granada area and take advantage of doing 3 tours paying only for one. Behold the amazing sunset and see how the sun hides behind the peak of the active volcano. See the lava and take stunning pictures with the lava as the background. Learn about the history and culture from locals and Masaya volcano itself at the museum located in the park. Go back to nature and enjoy your private tour with a bilingual local guide for about 6 to 8 hours. Live the adventure and meet a cute family of monkey in one of the islets. Get off the boat and learn about the fortress San Palo built more than 250 years ago. Walking tour in the city of Granada to see the hall of colonial churches so you learn about the Spanish colonization and its majestic architecture. Have a free taste of a special chocolate drink at the Chocolate museum and discover the real history of chocolate.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.00
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US$68.00
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