Following pickup at your hotel in Managua, board a comfortable vehicle for the 18-mile (29-km) ride to Masaya.
Masaya Volcano National Park was founded in the 1970s and was Nicaragua's first national park. Home to over 12 miles (20km) of hiking trails and roads, it contains 2 volcanoes with 5 craters between them. Wildlife like iguanas and monkeys abound, and it is one of the only active volcanos in the world that allows visitors to stand right on the lip of the crater. Learn about the region's history, both geological and cultural, from your guide and a visit to the onsite Ecological Museum.
Travel to the nearby town of Masaya to peruse the extensive craft market, where you'll find local handicrafts that make memorable souvenirs. After spending some free time touring the market, stop for lunch at your own expense.
Depart Masaya for Catarina, just a few miles south and home to an impressive scenic lookout. Get spectacular views of Mombacho Volcano, Granada and Lake Nicaragua before traveling into town to take a walk through the colonial lanes past street vendors and restaurants.
On the way back to Managua, make a pit stop in San Juan de Oriente to hear street musicians playing traditional Nicaraguan tunes and watch local artists at work.
At the end of your 8-hour day of exploring Managua's nearby attractions, return to your hotel for drop-off.