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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 Night

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$95.00
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US$95.00

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
Price varies by group size
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US$60.30
Price varies by group size

Masaya Volcano Night Tour from Granada

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$48.20
Price varies by group size
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US$48.20
Price varies by group size

Masaya Volcano Night Tour

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.50
Price varies by group size
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US$33.50
Price varies by group size

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
Price varies by group size
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US$55.30
Price varies by group size

Night Tour to the Masaya Volcano

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$115.00
From
US$115.00

Granada Colonial City Tour and Masaya Volcano

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

Half-Day Trip to Masaya Volcano from Managua

Half-Day Trip to Masaya Volcano from Managua

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Discover the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Masaya Volcano National Park on a half-day trip from Managua. Alongside a guide, you’ll embark on an exhilarating hike to the rim of the Masaya Volcano and gaze at the molten lava that fills its gaping crater. Visit additional volcanic craters and gaze at panoramic vistas from elevated viewpoints. Listen to Nicaraguan legends and discover the cultural significance of the Masaya Volcano before revitalizing with lunch in a local restaurant. This tour includes refreshments and round-trip transport from your Managua hotel.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$79.09
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US$79.09

5D-4N Adrenaline Nica

5D-4N Adrenaline Nica

This is a circuit for adventurers looking for a direct contact with the adrenaline, visit three volcanoes, two of them active. In addition to visiting attractions such as León and the city of Granada, you will have the opportunity to perform Sandboarding, an extreme sport that consists of descending on the slopes of the Cerro Negro volcano with a special table. You can also visit the Masaya volcano, where the legend is one of the gates to the world. Other destinations to visit will be the Volcan Mombacho biological reserve where Las Flores organic coffee is produced, and you can observe birds and a privileged view of Lake Nicaragua and the islets of Granada.
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  • 5 days
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US$1,150.00
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US$1,150.00

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
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US$60.30
Price varies by group size
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US$60.30
Price varies by group size

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
From
US$68.00
Price varies by group size

Masaya Volcano National Park Evening Tour, with hotel pickup

Masaya Volcano National Park Evening Tour, with hotel pickup

• This volcanic adventure is a private tour where you will have your own tour guide and private tansportation. We do not pick up any other traveler so you will have the full atention of your guide. • The Aventure will take about 2 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.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$33.50
Price varies by group size
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US$33.50
Price varies by group size

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
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US$142.00
Price varies by group size
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US$142.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Amazing Masaya Volcano at Night

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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.62
Price varies by group size
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US$53.62
Price varies by group size

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
Price varies by group size
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US$175.94
Price varies by group size

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
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US$79.50
Price varies by group size
From
US$79.50
Price varies by group size

Boat tour + Granada City +Masaya Volcano Night Tour

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
Price varies by group size
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size

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

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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  • 5 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$68.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$68.00
Price varies by group size

3 full days tour at Granada, Masaya and Leon area from Managua

3 full days tour at Granada, Masaya and Leon area from Managua

With this 3 full days tour boundle you get to visit the top travelers picks worry - free with your own local tour guide who is knowledgeable, fluent in English, provides a personal approach and safe private transportation. Places to visit. Day 1 .Granada Area. Here you will be in contact with nature by enjoying a nice boat ride on lake granada. Have a guided walking tour in the colonial city. As a last spot to visit you will feel a nice breeze and hiking at Catarina lookout . Day 2. Leon Area. The ruins of Leon to learn abut the colonization in Nicaragua also will visit the current city of leon and walk on top of the roof of the cathedral and learn from our culture at Museum Ruben Dario and Arrechavala. Day 3 Masaya area. Visit the Handicraft market, main square, Coyotepe fortress. Relax floating on a wooden platform at Apoyo lagoon where you can do kayaking, swiming. Finaly you will take stuning picutes with the orange lava in the background from the crater at Masaya volcano.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$271.45
Price varies by group size
From
US$271.45
Price varies by group size

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