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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. 


  • A 5-hour guided tour to Masaya Volcano National Park and to a handicraft market
  • Stand on the edge of Masaya Volcano and look down at the massive crater
  • Learn about the geological history of the volcano from your guide
  • Head to the city of Masaya and learn about its culture and history
  • Stroll around the famed handicraft market in Masaya, browsing through the many handmade goods
  • Includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Managua

What You Can Expect

Masaya Volcano and Handicraft Market Day Trip from Managua

Nicaraguan handicrafts

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.

Customer Reviews

wendy c

4 star rating: Recommended June 2016

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


3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

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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