Colonial Granada, Masaya Volcano, Catarina and Apoyo Lagoon

From Jicaro Ecolodge you can set out on tours of the surrounding region including the colonial grandeur of Granada, Masaya Volcano National Park, the outdoor market of Mayasa with its traditional Nicaraguan crafts and the beautiful crystal clear waters of Apoya Lagoon

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Granada City Tour

Join us in exploring and discovering the famous city of Granada, established in 1524 by the Spaniard Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba, the oldest colonial city on mainland America and considered one of the prettiest cities in Latin America. We will visit relevant sites and colonial buildings as well as the San Francisco Museum, which preserves some of the most interesting indigenous ceramic and statue collections.

Our guide will take you into the past to learn about all the issues that involved Granada’s development since the pre-Columbian period. You will hear stories about real pirates and their adventures and also civil war stories that tell of the city being burned to ashes, sacked and destroyed several times.

Places to Visit: La Pólvora Fortress, Las Mercedes Church, Municipal Market, San Francisco Church and Museum, Central park.

Duration: Approx. 2 ½ hours.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing: (t-shirts, short or long pants and tennis shoes), water bottle, camera and sunscreen
Don’t Forget! water bottle, camera and sunscreen.

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Classic Masaya and Catarina tour

This is an unforgettable day in rural Nicaragua. We begin the day by visiting the Masaya Volcano National Park, with the stunning and active Santiago crater. It’s one of the few places in the world where such an active volcano can be observed up close. We will also visit the ecological museum, where our tour guide will explain about various themes in geology, history, volcanology and ecology.

Next, we will visit Nicaragua's most popular open-air handcraft market located in Masaya, where Nicaraguan crafts can be purchased. We will then drive to Catarina, one of the famous traditional towns where ornamental plants and flowers are grown. Here, you will enjoy impressive panoramic views over the Apoyo Lagoon and surrounding region. Before returning to your departure point, we’ll pass by San Juan de Oriente and observe artisans making their famous and beautiful pottery.

Duration: Approx. 6 hours.

Places to Visit: Masaya National Park and Museum, Masaya handicraft market, Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, Lunch at Mi Viejo Ranchito.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing: t-shirts, shorts or long pants, good walking shoes, cash money (for bargaining at market), water bottle, camera and sunscreen.

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Masaya Volcano, Handicraft Market & Apoyo Lagoon

If you want to see one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua. Nothing better than visiting Masaya Volcano National Park, with the amazing and active Santiago crater. It’s one of the few places in the world where such an active volcano can be observed up close. We will also visit the ecological museum. Next, we will visit Nicaragua's most popular open-air handcraft market located in Masaya, where Nicaraguan crafts can be purchased. After that you will visit to the Apoyo lagoon natural reserve considers one of the places with the cleanest and dippiest water in Nicaragua. There you can jump into the warm water and have a relaxing swim.

Places to Visit: Masaya National Park and Museum, Masaya handicraft market, Apoyo lagoon Natural Reserve, Lunch at La Abuela.

Duration: Approx. 6 hours.

What to Bring: Comfortable clothing: t-shirts, shorts or long pants, good walking shoes, bathing suit. Cash money for bargaining at the market.

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