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Time8 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Explore colonial Granada and take a peaceful boat ride on Lake Granada during this full-day tour from Managua. While visiting Granada, stroll the quaint streets filled with colonial buildings while enjoying informative commentary from your guide. Stop at Central Park and the Convent and Museum of San Francisco. Visit the Tres Mundos cultural center, an organization dedicated to supporting Nicaraguan cultural pursuits and housed in a stately mansion. Board a wooden boat for a cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Nicaragua, weaving in and out of the small islands that dot the water. Learn about the native plant and animal life that inhabit the archipelago of 365 islands. Round-trip transportation from Managua hotels is included. 
  • Explore Granada on a day trip from Managua
  • Visit the Casa de los Tres Mundos cultural center and the Convent and Museum of San Francisco
  • Take a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua around the tiny tropical islands near Mombacho Volcano
  • All entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off included
Following pickup from your hotel in Managua, make the trip to Granada in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle. On the way, get to know your local guide and ask any questions you may have about Nicaraguan culture or history. 

Start your overview of Granada with a stop at the Casa de los Tres Mundos, where you'll tour its colonial mansion headquarters and learn about its mission to support cultural projects in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America. Learn about the center's history and view some of the art by local painters and sculptors. 

At Parque Central (Central Park), view the surrounding colonial architecture and peruse the local market, then visit the Convent and Museum of San Francisco for a tour that includes an opportunity to view pre-Columbian pottery and statues.

After lunch at a nearby restaurant (own expense), head for Lake Nicaragua and board your small boat. Cruise around the archipelago of 365 islands, host to native wildlife and many wealthy Nicaraguans' vacation homes. These islands are residue from the lava of nearby Mombacho Volcano's eruption over 10,000 years ago. Look for warblers, jays, tanagers and hawks while learning about the lake from your guide. 

Disembark back on the shores of the lake and board your vehicle for the ride back to Managua.


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, Dec 2016

As a native Nicaraguan, Granada has always had a special place in my heart. It is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Nicaragua. This was the second tour that we had with our guide, Moises Ferreti. The previous day, he had taken us to Leon, and the day after he took us for a tour around Managua. Moises was always very professional, knowledgeable, personable, and most of all flexible. This day really put his flexibility and knowledge to the test. Part of the tour includes a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua to visit the beautiful Isletas de Granada, a group of 365 small islands that were created after the eruption of the nearby Mombacho Volcano. Due to the threat of Hurricane Otto, the port of Granada was closed and no boats were allowed to go on the lake. This was obviously outside of Moises and tour company's control. Therefore, Moises had to really think on his feet to find a suitable substitution since going out on the lake was out of the question. Before doing that, Moises took us to explore Granada. As I mentioned before, Granada is a beautiful colonial city. I find it to be more beautiful than its colonial sister and ancient rival, the city of Leon. The colonial houses of Granada are so beautiful that it's a real shame that many have been converted to retail space. Granada has a vast number of churches, which Moises took us to visit and share some of the history of each church. Many of the churches in Granada, including the cathedral, are much newer than the ones found in Leon. In part, this is due to the invasion by American mercenary William Walker, who briefly became the president of Nicaragua, and put the city of Granada to the torch. Some of the few churches that survived the blaze still bear the scars of the inferno. Granada also has a beautiful museum inside a monastery. The monastery includes Nicaraguan art, displays regarding Nicaraguan culture, and some pre-Columbian artifacts. After exploring Granada, Moises took us to the Laguna de Apoyo as a substitute to the boat ride in the lake. Laguna de Apoyo is a volcanic lake that straddles the border between the departments of Granada and Masaya. I have visited Laguna de Apoyo many times, but only along the edges of the ancient crater. You can catch breathtaking views of the lake from Catarina, and a popular meeting place called El Mirador. Hiking trails can be found along the slopes of the crater. The natural beauty of Laguna de Apoyo from El Mirador is breathtaking. But it pales in comparison to going down to the shore of the lake, which is something that I had never done. Moises, our tour guide took us down to the lake shore, which is dominated by exclusive resorts. Thanks to his connections, he was able to obtain access for us to one of the resorts, where we spend a couple of hours by the shore, overlooking at the placid waters of the lake, relaxing in the afternoon soon. Although it was disappointing to not being able to visit Las Isletas de Granada, which is one of my favorite places in Nicaragua, I appreciate that Moises was able to find a suitable substitution. If you have never been to Granada and its famous Isletas, I definitely recommend this tour. And I definitely recommend Moises as a tour guide. He is the best!

, Jun 2015

Interesting town with a few things to do. Lake ride was fun too but too short. Guide made the whole day worth it. Henry's knowledge of everything and care for his clients can't be beat. Looked after my son as if his own.

, Mar 2015

Henry was a great guide, good day!

, Jun 2014

The lake part was excellent and we enjoyed Granada as it has retained it's older look. Edgar was very good for both trips.

, Jan 2014

The tour was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide, Erick, was not only friendly but very knowledgeable about the history of the city. This was very impressive. Being history buffs, we found this quite interesting. The city itself is beautiful and again, Erick, put us at ease in our new surroundings. The boat ride was of course peaceful and gorgeous. Erick, again amazed us by courting the monkeys and by surprising wifey with a flower that grew inside a banana shaped plant hanging from a tree. Amazing!!

, Dec 2013

amazing servitours local operator was amazing the tour guide was very good, knew every detail about the tour, and was very professional, I have done tours in many countries with different operators and I am amaze to say in this little corner of central America I found the best tour operators ever. thank you for a lifetime experience.

, Nov 2013

We could not have been MORE pleased with this tour! Our guide Erick was excellent, so informative, spoke both languages to perfection, and knew the answer to every question we asked. The city and sights were beautiful and interesting, lunch was at a charming garden restaurant, and the boat tour so fun and relaxing - and we saw more than a dozen species of herons, kingfishers, and other birds. Would recommend this tour to anyone!

, Jun 2013

Good combination with culture (Granada) and nature (Lake Nicaragua). Very good guide with perfecte knowledges of the local animals

, Oct 2012

Martin,tour guide did an excellent job.
Not only did he showed us all of the important places to see in Granada. He also took us to eat the typical plate from the region which is call Vigoron-which consists of Cassava with pork rinders, very tasty.

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