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Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

Managua, Nicaragua
  • 8 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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.
  • Full-day trip to Masaya Volcano National Park, Granada, and Catarina from Managua
  • Visit the crater of Santiago on Masaya volcano
  • Tour Granada, the oldest city in the Americas
  • Boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
  • Traditional Nicaraguan lunch
  • Visit Mirador de Catarina
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Round-trip shared transfer or private Transfer
  • Lunch ( Vigoron Typical Lunch
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

09:00 AM

Pickup details

Pick up at any hotel or apartment in the city of managua

What To Expect

Following pickup at your Managua hotel around 8am, climb into a comfortable tour vehicle and take off for the Masaya volcano complex.

Visit the crater of Santiago, one of the world's largest, located in the Masaya Volcano National Park. Get views of the surrounding landscape from the volcano's elevation of 2,083 feet (635 meters) above sea level. On the way out, stop by the famous local craft market, possibly purchasing some souvenirs to take home. 

Continue to Granada, the oldest city in the Americas, where you can admire the colonial architecture. Visit some of the city's highlights before setting down for a traditional lunch of vigorón, which consists of a cabbage salad known as curtido, boiled yuca, and chicharrones wrapped in Banana leaf.

After lunch, board a boat for a ride on Lake Nicaragua, weaving in and out of the lake's 365 islets. 

On the way back to Nicaragua, visit the Mirador de Catarina, which offers views over Lake Apoyo. 

Return to your Managua hotel for drop-off at the end of the day.

Masaya Volcano National Park

We will travel from Managua passing several places of interest on our way to the exuberant Masaya Volcano National Park, established in 1979 as the first national park in the country. 54 square kilometers of the park include two volcanoes, Nindirí and Masaya. Admire the majestic Santiago crater, one of the largest in the world, from the Masaya volcanic complex at a height of 2,083 feet (635 M).

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Masaya Crafts Market

After enjoying the National Park, we will visit the crafts market of the city of Masaya YOU CAN BUY A SOUVENIR OR TYPICAL REMEMBER

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Perfect Day in Nicaragua
Marcus_D, Dec 2019
Great Day going tog Granada, Masaya and Catarina, good service, great guide.. thanks for the great day
We booked this tour through Viator a...
Erin_H, May 2018
We booked this tour through Viator a few months in advance. The day we arrived in Managua, the political protests started to ramp up and we weren't sure if the tour guide would even show up. The wonderful owner of the Boutique Villa Maya stay there!! called up the number listed on the Viator reservation and confirmed that we could still go. Annel picked us up right at 9 from our hotel and we were off. Annel was wonderful and went above and beyond what we were expecting. We headed off to the volcano very cool! and then were supposed to go to Masaya, but because of the protests there were street closures and the market in Masaya was closed. Annel didn't skip a beat and improvised a new itinerary that was amazing! Instead of the Masaya market, we went to Abuela's on Laguna de Apoyo. The location was beautiful and we spent an hour or so just chatting, having some drinks and snacks and looking out at the lake. We had a wonderful time and are so glad to have been introduced to this gorgeous place! Then we headed to Grenada as planned. In Grenada, Annel showed us all the beautiful churches and other points of interest and took us on a boat ride to the Isletas. This was my favorite part! Do this! We floated through these tiny islands on a beautiful day - at one point a little monkey even hopped on our boat. I mentioned to Annel that I wanted to bring some rum and coffee back for gifts and he took us to a shop at the end of the day where I was able to get all of my souvenirs to take back! Oh, and this tour also includes lunch of vigoron - it was delicious! Annel also grabbed some quesillos for us to try. This tour was worth every cent. Annel took us all over for a full day and it felt like we were travelling with a friend. We enjoyed all of the outings and got to see, eat and experience SO much more than we would have on our own. Gracias, Annel!!
Paid USD170 for this tour but there...
AlanJoesel_D, May 2018
Paid USD170 for this tour but there was no English speaking professional guide--only a driver who could hardly speak in English. Instead of a minivan, it was just an old sedan. Pick up time in the ad is 8 am, but I was picked up at 9:30 am. The good thing though was that I was able to request the driver to stop at certain locations for picture taking. I love the boat ride at Lake Managua. It was relaxing! I was lucky to take this tour with another gracious guest who translated everything the driver was saying. He was so cool he even treated us to some refreshments in the afternoon! :-)
Response from Host, May 2018
TOUR OPERATOR COMMENT: Thank you for your feedback. However, we would like to point out that our vehicles are all 2017 and newer models. We are required by insurance policies to not use anything older. We have both minivans and sedans in our fleet and may alter which type of vehicles are used depending on the needs of the day. Please also be aware, the departure time featured on the brochure page is 9:00AM, however, this may vary depending on where your pick-up location is located. We appreciate you traveling with us and hop you were still able to enjoy your overall time in Nicaragua.
Great day trip and Warner, the...
Helen_D, Mar 2018
Great day trip and Warner, the guide, was excellent - very friendly and nice. I had booked a solo tour but they e mailed me the night before to say another person would be joining us and this worked out as we all got on really well. Everything is nicely timed - not too long or too short in any one place. To me the boat trip was the highlight, which wasn't what I expected!
Fabulous day trip with Warner...
Ray I, Jan 2018
Fabulous day trip with Warner Castillo our driver/guide. Well worth the money and the peace of mind being with someone who knows where they are going and what special things to look out for. Thanks Warner.
Excellent overview of the area around...
Gary P, Jan 2018
Excellent overview of the area around the capital. Highly recommend the tour.
The guide was really nice and...
Camila S, Jun 2017
The guide was really nice and attentive. There was a misinformation on the pick up time, I was told 8am but in reality was 9am. So I had to make international calls to follow up and spend extra money to confirm they were still coming. Other than that I was pretty pleased, there was a few extra long stops, but overall if you don't have much time this is a good tour to take.
This tour covers a lot of ground and...
Robert F P, Jun 2017
This tour covers a lot of ground and gives you an impressive experience into the country. The trip to the top of the volcano is fantastic. The visit to the towns of Masaya and Granada is essential when visiting this country. Our tour guide was pleasant and accommodating, but some of his English made it difficult to ask questions about history and culture. I would certainly recommend this trip.
was an ok tour. guide did not really...
Rakesh H, Jun 2017
was an ok tour. guide did not really explain a lot , probably because he didnt speak English well. overall, a good tour.
It was a good trip and the price was...
Rey_C, Mar 2017
It was a good trip and the price was reasonable considering we covered many places within a day. I'd recommend ordering the Baho at the local craft market for brunch as it was amazing, much better than the Vigeron we had for lunch. All in all, well worth it if you are only in Nicaragua for the weekend.
Great trip- we covered a lot but...
Lisa G, Feb 2017
Great trip- we covered a lot but didn't feel rushed at all. Highlights were the volcano and boat trip. Our guide was really friendly and accommodating.


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