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Managua/Granada: Private Masaya Volcano Night Tour

1. Managua/Granada: Private Masaya Volcano Night Tour

Witness the beauty of the Masaya Volcano lit up by the night sky on this tour designed especially for those who want to see the lava glowing at night but do not want to hike.  After getting picked up from your hotel in Managua or Granada, make your way up to the top of the volcano in your comfortable vehicle. Witness the spectacular sunset as the sun descends below the peak of the volcano then head to the edge of the crater and peer inside to witness the inner glow of the lava.  On the return journey, stop along the way at the Visitor Center to learn more about the history of the volcano and culture of the local people before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

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From León: Hike and Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro

2. From León: Hike and Volcano Boarding on Cerro Negro

On this 5-hour tour from León you experience the adventure of volcano boarding. You take a 45-minute drive from León City to Cerro Negro. From the main entrance of the volcano you walk for approximately 2 hours to the top. It is rocky and there is no shade, but once you are at the top you have the best views over the Volcano Chain of León. You can walk around the crater and can see how active this volcano actually is. Cerro Negro is the youngest volcano of Central America but it is also one of the most active. Once at the top you can enjoy volcano boarding your way down the ash side. Feel the rush as you stand up snowboard style or sit down! Feel the heat and smell the sulfur gases as you reach speeds up to 70 kilometers per hour!

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Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

3. Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve

Depart Granada for the towering Mombacho Volcano, a 45-minute drive from the city center. Travel by 4WD vehicle to the foot of the active volcano, which has luckily not erupted since 1570! Start your ascent to the summit, driving to the mid-way point to stop at one of the coffee plantations. Learn about the coffee harvests, and sample the flavors of one of Nicaragua’s most popular exports. Continue to 2 dormant craters covered in dense cloud forest of moist evergreen leaves and ethereal sheets of fog. A 2-hour hike awaits at the top, with fantastic views of Granada, Lake Nicaragua, Las Isletas, and the Laguna de Apoyo. Walking along well established trails to an altitude of 3,735 feet (1,115 meters), keep your eyes open for unique flora and fauna, such as red-eyed frogs. Mombacho is home to more than 700 different plant species, including exquisite orchids and dwarf forest, some endemic to the area.

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Mombacho Natural Reserve and Canopy Adventure

4. Mombacho Natural Reserve and Canopy Adventure

Spend the day gliding over the lush canopy of the tropical forest on this exciting canopy tour at the Mombacho stratovolcano of Nicaragua. Begin the day with a drive up the volcano to the heart of the dense cloud forest and embark on a small hike, exploring the ancient craters of the volcano and learning about the fascinating flora and fauna of the region. Continue the tour with a visit to the Biological Center, and then observe the ecosystem drastically change to one of a dry tropical forest filled with coffee plantations. It is here that you will begin your exciting canopy adventure, and with over 17 platforms, 11 steel cables, and a long walking bridge, this canopy course is a truly spectacular one. Forming more than 2 kilometers of distance over the many cables, you are guaranteed an adrenaline-filled end to your day.

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From Granada: Full-Day Trip to Ometepe Island

5. From Granada: Full-Day Trip to Ometepe Island

Visit Ometepe Island, a place admired by both local and international tourists, on a full-day trip from Granada. Spend a day familiarizing yourself with the island's nature, hospitality, beautiful landscapes, volcanoes, archeological background, relaxing beaches, and natural reserves and forests. After you are picked-up from your hotel, you'll be transferred to the ferry that takes you to the island. Learn about how the 2 volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, created this island which is a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve. Upon arriving, spend your day exploring this sanctuary inhabited by a mix of different tribes and cultures, and observe the many petroglyphs, ceramics, and statues that can be found all around. Observe locals taking part in the island's industries of fishing and agriculture. Keep your eyes peeled to see if you can spot some of the varieties of monkeys living on the island. You may choose to check out the shops, eat a traditional meal, hike around the island, or simply relax on the beach.

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Leon: Volcano Board Adventure on Cerro Negro

6. Leon: Volcano Board Adventure on Cerro Negro

Test your sense of adventure and feel the adrenaline thrill of boarding down the Cerro Negro just outside of Leon. Think of it as like snowboarding - or sand boarding - except on the black lava of an imposing volcano. Designated a protected area, Cerro Negro provides the breathtaking location for this action packed tour, starting with an early morning transfer by 4WD truck. After an approximate 40-minute drive, you will be at the base of Cerro Negro wondering how on earth you will reach the top. Once at the top, you will wonder how on earth you will ever get back down again! Before you do, take some time to observe the majestic volcano and surrounding forest. Then, fully kitted out in your jumpsuit, goggles and board, climb aboard the sled like volcano board and slide back down to base at blood-rushing speeds! Some refreshments will be waiting at the foot of Cerro Negro as your reward, and after a short rest, the truck will take you back to Leon.

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Las Isletas: Boat Tour

7. Las Isletas: Boat Tour

The largest lake in Centro-america, Nicaragua Lake or well known like the only lake with fresh water sharks, is just 10 mins driving from the center of Granada. Once we are in the small port we take a motor boat (18 people capacity with life jackets) and we go around the  Little Islets where we will show all their secrets like great bird life, Spanish fortress with two floors where we have  great views over the lake, Granada city and Mombacho Volcano. Learn how the people  in the Islets make their living every day. The nature is beautiful with a lots of bird life and amazing  views of the volcanoes and Lake Nicaragua. These serene and rustic islands we will visit by boat, showing you all its secrets!   

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Full-Day Tour: Masaya Volcano, Art Market and White Villages

8. Full-Day Tour: Masaya Volcano, Art Market and White Villages

Masaya is one of the smallest yet most populated departments in the country. The picturesque, small cities of its territory feature several attractions such as cultural manifestations, a strong indigenous heritage, and many natural destinations. The Masaya Volcano National Park and the Masaya Lagoon are two major natural attractions. The volcano is formed by three craters, two of them are extinct and the other one remains active, constantly spewing smoke. A vast territory, which still preserves its flora and fauna, surrounds this volcano. You will visit the Masaya Volcano which is an active smoking crater and dormant crater. You will also visit the Park Museum. After your amazing experience at Masaya Volcano, you will see and walk through Mercado de Artesanía, the art market in Masaya where you can find ceramics and woodcrafts, hammocks, jewelry, cigars, leather work, and much more. Then you drive to Catarina, a serene town of nurseries and flowers. Here you can enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Apoyo Crater Lake. In the south of Catarina, you will pottery and ceramics at San Juan de Oriente.

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Granada: Colonial Granada Horse Carriage & Walking Tour

9. Granada: Colonial Granada Horse Carriage & Walking Tour

Tour colonial Granada to discover the first city of the New World, founded by Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524, and now one of the greatest attractions in Nicaragua. This excursion will introduce you to all the most important monuments, as well as give you a flavor of the local life. Following a pick-up from your hotel, start with a stroll around the main streets of the historic center, learning how the city survived pirates, fire, and filibusters. Constructed by the Spanish as a model city, Granada gave the settlers a chance to showcase their glorious architecture, much of it now restored to its former glory. Admire stunning architecture, such as the Convento San Francisco, the oldest church in Central America. Climb the steps of the Fortaleza La Polvora for panoramic views of the Mombacho Volcano. Then, enjoy a horse carriage ride to some of the most scenic spots outside the city center.

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Las Isletas: Kayak Tour

10. Las Isletas: Kayak Tour

Kayak across Central America's largest lake, Lake Nicaragua – the home to 365 small islets, inhabited by local people, monkeys, and a colorful array of bird life. Discover the different character of each islet, including a wealthy residential area and an 18th-century, colonial fortress, from which you'll enjoy superb views over the lake, Granada, and Mombacho Volcano. The kayak station is a mere 15 minutes from the city center, with complimentary transportation provided from your hotel. Single and double kayaks are both available, with life jackets included for a safe lake excursion into the areas even motorboats can't reach, passing jungles, savannas, and spectacular wildlife.

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Nicaragua is not your typical vacation destination. There are so many fun and unusual sightseeing activities to choose from and all take place in exquisite locations.

Coffee lovers will find our guided tour of Hacienda El Progreso irresistible. Located near the Mombacho Volcano, this breathtaking coffee plantation is a great place to learn about the coffee bean process while enjoying a taste one of the best cups of coffee in the world.

Experience a unique horseback riding tour that will allow you to see the most breathtaking views of the mountains in Nicaragua. This tour includes additional activities, such as a milking contest and planting trees to help support Nicaraguan reforestation.

Visit the Montibelli Private Wildlife Reserve to catch a glimpse of almost 150 different species of migratory and residential birds. This remarkable bird watching tour takes place in a flourishing tropical dry forest.

Thrill seekers can take a zip line tour of cloud and tropical forests near the dormant Mombacho Volcano. This experience features 15 different zip line platforms, so you will be certain to get a broad view of the plants and animals in the jungle below.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Nicaragua. Create forever memories by taking one of our unparalleled sightseeing tours.

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