Masaya Nicaragua – A Day Trip From Granada With the Lot

Only 16km’s northwest of Granada, Masaya is the gateway to the Masaya Volcano National Park, one of the most popular attractions in the Pacific region of Nicaragua.

This small and quite unremarkable town is also famous for the crystalline crater lake Laguna de Masaya, and it’s artisan market, Mercado de Artesanías de Masaya.

Masaya Volcano

The Spanish described Masaya Volcano as “The Gates of Hell”. Masaya is the most accessible active volcano in the country. This in itself is a good reason for a day trip from Granada.

Masaya Volcano Night Tour

For a volcano experience with a twist, there are also night tours of the Masaya Volcano so you can witness the glowing lava lake.

Masaya Markets

Shop to your heart’s content at the Masaya market. Handmade ceramics, woodcrafts, jewellery, cigars, leather, and the signature Masaya hammocks.

Catarina and Laguna de Apoyo

Catarina is a popular spot for locals to spend Sunday afternoon picnicking or having lunch at one of the many restaurants sitting high above the spectacular lake.

San Juan de Oriente

Not far from Catarina is the pre-Columbianan town of San Juan de Oriente renown for its ceramics. There is a school dedicated to keeping the traditional art alive.

Getting to Masaya

By Public Transport Expect to pay anywhere from c$10 cordobas (~$0.36) – c$19 cordobas (~$0.68) depending on the trip.

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