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Masaya Volcano Tours

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Masaya Volcano
Skip the hike and drive right up to the lava-spitting rim of Masaya Volcano (Volcan Masaya), perched between Managua and Granada. The active volcano’s famous lava shows at the Santiago Crater, combined with ridiculously easy access, have made it one of the most popular attractions in all of Nicaragua.

The Basics
Daytime trips to Masaya Volcano National Park—the first national park in Nicaragua—allow for leisurely hiking and tours of bat-inhabited caves, ideal for a quick urban escape into one of Nicaragua’s premier wildlife sanctuaries. The real show, however, begins after sunset, when cars line the highway to witness the spectacular sight of lava roiling just below the active crater’s rim, making for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities and a chance to see geology in action. Night tours are so popular that tours are limited to just a few minutes at the rim—but that is all it takes to make a lasting impression. Make the most of your trip to Managua or Granada with a guided tour that takes in Masaya Volcano and other nearby attractions like the Mirador de Catarina, Lake Apoyo, or Lake Nicaragua.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • If visiting at night, go early and plan to keep yourself entertained while you wait for the “show” to begin.
  • Some Costa Rica and San Juan del Sur shore excursions include a trip to Masaya for unbeatable transportation value.
  • The volcano itself is wheelchair accessible; check with tour providers for details.

How to Get There
Masaya Volcano is located just 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Managua and 18 miles (30 kilometers) from Granada, roughly a 30- or 40-minute drive, respectively. You can take your own car or a public bus from either city to the park, but be sure to call the park in advance to reserve a spot if you want to visit without a tour.

When to Get There
An outdoor activity open year-round, Masaya Volcano is easy to visit on your own schedule. Daytime visits are ideal for hiking and outdoor adventure, while night tours let you see the volcano’s famous lava.

Volcanic Activity at the Masaya Volcano
Masaya is one of the most active volcanoes in the area, having erupted at least 19 times since Spanish arrival in 1524. The most recent eruption was in 1993, though smaller ash eruptions have occurred as recently as 2008.
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Volcano Masaya by NightBus Tours

Volcano Masaya by Night

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Travel to the stunning Masaya Volcano by night to see lava roiling just below the crater rim on this private tour from Managua. Private transportation is comfortable and easy with just your guide and private party—giving you plenty of time to chat with your guide while you wait in line to see the lava at this popular attraction.
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Masaya Volcano Night Tour

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This guided tour to Masaya Volcano from Managua or Masaya takes you straight from the city to the crater rim for a chance to see the lava glowing at night. Included transportation makes the drive a cinch, plus a quick stop at a the Visitors Center and commentary from your guide help you learn about the volcano, too. Upgrade to include a live music performance at Port Salvador Allende after seeing the volcano.
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San Juan del Sur Shore Excursion: Private Masaya Volcano and Catarina TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

San Juan del Sur Shore Excursion: Private Masaya Volcano and Catarina Tour

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Enjoy personalized attention on this 7-hour private shore excursion to Masaya Volcano National Park and the town of Catarina. Departing from San Juan del Sur cruise port at your chosen time, explore both stops with commentary from your dedicated guide. Round-trip private transportation included.
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Night Tour to the Masaya VolcanoBus Tours

Night Tour to the Masaya Volcano

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This Masaya Volcano tour is more than just a ride to the lava-filled crater rim. Unlike other transportation services, this tour provides in-depth commentary and insight into one of Nicaragua’s most-visited attractions—though going with a guide does streamline transportation logistics, too. Plus, entrance fees are already included, so you don’t have any unexpected costs during the trip.
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Masaya Volcano Night Tour from GranadaAttraction Tickets

Masaya Volcano Night Tour from Granada

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This tour to Masaya Volcano is a super economical choice for visiting the famous volcano. After stopping by the Visitors Center to learn about the volcano’s history, drive right up to the crater rim for a chance to see red-hot lava glowing against the night sky. This tour offers pickup from Granada, Masaya, and Managua, making it a good choice for visitors to anywhere in the area.
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Nicaragua Cultural Tour / ONE DAY PASSBus Tours

Nicaragua Cultural Tour / ONE DAY PASS

For many years, Nicaragua has been unknown as a tourist destination. Today you have the opportunity to visit this new tourist attraction to discover the beauty, culture and nature of this country, its people, its lakes and its active volcanoes.
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Amazing Masaya Volcano at Night Bus Tours

Amazing Masaya Volcano at Night "Private Tour"

You will Learn about the historic events of Masaya Volcano and the interesting way the lava belt works. Take great pictures with an orange background from the lava reflecting on the crater. Have a walk on the point-view by the edge of the crater.
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Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa RicaDay Trips

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Full Day Nicaragua Tour from Costa Rica

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Grab your passport and head over the border for a whistle-stop tour of Nicaragua’s best bits, from Liberia in Costa Rica. Take in the views from Catarina Volcano, haggle over handicrafts at the Masaya Artisan Market and visit the active Masaya Volcano. After a delicious lunch of typical Nicaraguan cuisine, explore the colonial town of Granada, where you can marvel over the historic architecture and admire views of Mombacho Volcano. Finally, set sail across Lake Nicaragua for a 1-hour sunset cruise, stopping to meet the friendly monkeys of Monkey Island along the way.
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Nicaragua One Day Expedition from Costa RicaDay Trips

Nicaragua One Day Expedition from Costa Rica

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Discover the natural beauty and heritage of Nicaragua with a full-day tour that travels round-trip from northern Costa Rica. Visit the active Masaya Volcano and the extinct Apoyo Volcano, cruise by boat to small islands on Lake Nicaragua, and view picturesque Spanish colonial architecture in Granada. You’ll benefit from border-crossing assistance and hassle-free transportation that allows you to make the most of your day.
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  • 9 to 12 hours
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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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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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Full-Day Small-Group Shore Excursion from San Juan del SurPorts of Call Tours

Full-Day Small-Group Shore Excursion from San Juan del Sur

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Make the most of a short amount of time in Nicaragua with this small-group shore excursion from San Juan del Sur. Visit four of southern Nicaragua's most popular attractions: the colonial city of Granada, the Masaya Market, the Laguna de Apoyo lookout, and Volcan Masaya. Only on a guided tour can you see all of these attractions in one day and still make it back to your cruise ship on time.
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Laguna de apoyo day pass + masaya volcano lava tourDay Trips

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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Boat ride on lake Granada+Colonial sightseeing+Night tour at Masaya volcanoDay Trips

Boat ride on lake Granada+Colonial sightseeing+Night tour at 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 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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Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from ManaguaDay Trips

Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

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Get a comprehensive overview of some of Nicaragua's top attractions, including Masaya Volcano National Park, the colonial city of Granada, and the town of Catarina. This full-day tour includes hotel pickup and drop-off and a traditional Nicaraguan lunch.
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Nicaragua Day Trip from GuanacasteDay Trips

Nicaragua Day Trip from Guanacaste

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Experience Central America’s oldest city and its scenic surroundings on this guided excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, travel by private minivan to Granada explore its historic streets with a knowledgeable guide. Admire its grand central plaza and colonial homes before hopping in a boat and traveling to Las Isletas. Admire the area’s wildlife and scenery, then finish the day with a trip to the majestic Masaya Volcano National Park.
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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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Masaya Volcano and Handicraft Market Day Trip from ManaguaHalf-day Tours

Masaya Volcano and Handicraft Market Day Trip from Managua

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Visit Mayasa Volcano, peruse a handicraft market and learn about Nicaraguan folklore on this 5-hour guided tour from Managua. Travel to Mayasa Volcano National Park, where you'll stand right on the edge of the active volcanic crater. Listen to your guide's informative commentary regarding the history of the volcano and the folklore surrounding its activity. Visit the city of Mayasa to peruse the local marketplace for handicrafts and souvenirs from local craftspeople and artists. Round-trip transportation from Managua hotels is included. 
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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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Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya & Mombacho VolcanoesNature & Wildlife

Apoyo Lagoon, Masaya & Mombacho Volcanoes

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Nicaragua is known as The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes. It has two enormous water bodies and more than 10 active volcanoes that are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire. In this day tour, you will visit three these colossi Volcanoes: Masaya Volcano (Volcán Masaya): Ranked as one of the most active in the world. Apoyo Lagoon (Laguna de Apoyo): It’s an extinct volcano’s crater, with a beautiful lagoon. Mombacho Volcano (Volcán Mombacho): This colossal and stunning volcano´s cloud forest offers impressive panoramic views and it is also the home of hundreds of orchids.
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Masaya Volcano, Catarina overlook and Granada tourBus Tours

Masaya Volcano, Catarina overlook and Granada tour

We take you to the most beautiful sightseeing in Nicaragua at the most competitve price, very knowleadgeable tour guide, bottle of water and beberage for each turist are included.
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Lava tour Masaya VolcanoNature & Wildlife

Lava tour Masaya Volcano

Drive right up to the lava-filled crater of Masaya Volcano with this private evening tour from Managua. Visiting at night offers the best views of the bright lava against the dark sky—a sight even better appreciated when you have peace of mind from booking safe and reliable transportation. Plus, booking ahead guarantees your spot at this popular attraction.
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Full Day Tour in Granada colonial city +lake +handicraft market + Masaya volcanoDay Trips

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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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Charming Granada Outdoor Day Trips

Charming Granada Outdoor "Private Tour"

Let's visit the amazing crater of Masaya volcano and its picturesque city. We will visit Masaya crafts market where you will have the chance to buy some souvenirs and discovers the colorful stuffs of Nicaragua in just one place. We will learn the ancestral techniques in the hands of the artisans. Enjoy of a beautiful lookout of Apoyo lagoon having a panoramic view. Let's relax on a private boat tour in Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America.
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