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Explore the towns of Granada and Masaya on this full-day trip from Managua with a local guide. Browse Masaya's extensive crafts market for souvenirs, then visit Masaya Volcano National Park to see an active volcano crater. Spend time in Granada, a colonial city criss-crossed with cobblestone streets and home to many important architectural landmarks. Visit the Cathedral of Granada, Independence Plaza and the Convent and Museum of San Francisco. Round-trip transportation from Managua is included.


  • Discover Masaya and Granada on a day trip from Managua
  • Visit Masaya Volcano National Park and get up-close views of its active crater
  • Take a city tour to see the colonial town of Granada
  • Visit the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, the Cathedral of Granada and Independence Plaza
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off and entrance fees included

What You Can Expect

Day Trip to Masaya and Granada from Managua

Day Trip to Masaya and Granada from Managua

Following pickup at your hotel in Managua, board your comfortable vehicle for the 18-mile ride to Masaya.

Arrive at Masaya National Park, founded in the 1970s as Nicaragua's first national park, to stand on the lip of the active volcano crater. Visit the Ecological Museum with your guide to learn about the geological, cultural and ecological history of the region. 

Travel to the town of Masaya to peruse the extensive selection of ceramics, clothing, jewelry and art at the crafts market. Masaya is the largest crafts market in Nicaragua and a great place to pick up souvenirs.

Drive to Granada, the colonial city on the banks of Lake Nicaragua. Learn about the city's culture and history from your guide as you stroll the cobblestone pedestrian street of La Calzada among the pastel-painted colonial buildings. Taste the local specialty, vigoron, made from a plantain wrap filled with cabbage and pork (own expense). After a break for lunch (own expense) visit Independence Plaza, the 16th-century Cathedral of Granada and the Convent and Museum of San Francisco. Stop by Casa de los Tres Mundos, a beautiful mansion that houses a foundation supporting cultural projects in Nicaragua. 

At the end of your day exploring Masaya and Granada, return to Managua for drop-off at your hotel. 

Customer Reviews

phx_sunz United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Senor Jose was outstanding. He took very good care of all of us. He was very patient and knowledgeable and took great care to answer all in details. Thanks a lot for showing your beautiful country to us.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Our tour guide Pablo is really wonderful. He is knowledgeble and explained us in detail. I appreciate it.

Nancy W USA

4 star rating: Recommended March 2013

Volcano was interesting. Masses market was enough for you to buy any souvenir you might want. Granada is a pretty colonial time, very much like Antigua in Guatemala.

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