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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.
Following pickup at your Managua hotel, get to know your guide during the ride out of town in a comfortable, climate-controlled vehicle.
The tour's first stop is Mayasa Volcano, the only volcano in the Western Hemisphere where visitors can drive right up to the edge of the crater. Visit the Ecological Museum located near the edge of the crater to learn about the history and folklore surrounding its activity and eruptions. Enjoy the rare experience of standing at the edge of the crater and peering down into the active volcano.
Climb back on board your vehicle and travel to the small nearby town of Mayasa. Its large handicraft market, which takes up an entire city block, is popular with locals and visitors alike and is full of folkloric arts and crafts. Peruse displays of pottery, baskets, folkloric paintings and traditional woven hammocks by local artists and craftspeople. Ceramics and sculpted traditional masks are also popular souvenirs for visitors.
After your 5-hour exploration of the artistic, geological and folkloric exploration of Mayasa, enjoy drop-off back at your hotel in Managua.
As a native Nicaraguan, I have visited the Masaya Volcano dozens of times. But, nothing prepared me for this visit. The crater of the volcano had always emanated smoke, and sometimes you could catch a glimpse of lave at the bottom of the crater. But due to the recent volcanic activity, for the first time ever, I was able to see the lava lake boiling and bubbling at the bottom of the volcano. You can also hear the volcano roar underneath the voices of the visitors who crowd the crater. I was mesmerized by the terrifying beauty of the volcano. Please be aware that the Masaya Volcano is an active volcano. As you drive to the top, you are able to park at the top of the volcano and view directly into crater. Although, the visit is perfectly safe, the risk of a volcanic eruption is very real.
Before going to the top of the volcano, our guide named Marlene, took us to the visitor center of the volcano, which includes a small museum about the history of the volcano and its flora and fauna. After the volcano, Marlene took us to the city of Masaya, which is the center of Nicaraguan handcrafts. Marlene gave us the option to visit historic marketplace or the newer marketplace. The historic marketplace is more popular with tourists, but everything is much more expensive. We chose to go to the newer marketplace because it was cheaper. However, if this is your first time at a Nicaraguan market place, I recommend going to the old one instead. The newer market place can be extremely chaotic. Luckily for us, Marlene was able to navigate the market place very quickly and we were able to buy everything we wanted. Due to the proximity of Masaya to Nicaragua, we were able to complete this tour in about 4 hours. So, we still had plenty of time left in the afternoon to do other activities. I definitely recommend this tour for anyone who is interesting in admiring the breathtaking and terrifying beauty of an active volcano.
Later we found out that it is also possible to visit the volcano in the evening, where the entire crater is illuminated by the glow of the lava. You may also want to look into that as well. I know I definitely will.
the trip to the volcano and the handicraft market was very good except that they did not have any water available like the trip description said
Not much to see and do other taking a hike. The handicraft market was huge and worth spending. I found one hour was not enought.
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