Steeped in folklore expressed through street theater, music, dance, and showy parades, as well as a city center with artisan crafts and gorgeous natural attractions, Masaya is the perfect destination for travelers looking for soothing tranquility and fun activities. And the inviting atmosphere of our Masaya vacation rentals ensures your vacation is both comfortable and relaxing.
The Masaya Department is nestled between Granada and Managua. It contains peaceful Lake Masaya and part of Lake Apoyo. The capital city, Masaya, lies 17 miles southwest of Managua. You can navigate the area by tuk tuk or carbonarias - a motorized rickshaw, of sorts. If you want to explore a bit, the city of Rivas, located on the isthmus between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Nicaragua, is 47 miles to the south.
Still active and open for night tours, the Santiago Crater in Masaya Volcano National Park is a must-see. Don your helmet and grab a flashlight and set out with a tour guide to witness the light from churning, hot lava deep within the smoking crater. Perhaps you'll be graced by the arrival of chocoyos - a local bird - and the mass exodus of bats from nearby caves. During the day, take a misty trek by foot from crater to crater - the park has five between the Nindiri and Masaya volcanos - for spectacular sweeping views that will take your breath away.
At the south end of the park, you'll find Lake Masaya, best for the viewing of wildlife, plant life, and petroglyphs that line the shore. If swimming or kayaking is your thing, head to Laguna de Apoyo - or Peaceful Lake - and immerse yourself in its clean, warm waters. For a lovely birdseye view of the lake before you arrive, make a pit stop in the beautiful mountain town of Catarina, just six miles from Masaya, where you'll also find a plethora of small family nurseries peddling fresh flowers and produce. Buy some to take home and cook a delicious meal in your rental kitchen.
Carve out some time for a leisurely stroll through the National Artisan Market, the market for which Nicaragua is most known. The brightly-colored, handmade hammocks, baskets, and paintings, as well as pottery and wood crafts, will not only provide you with gifts for friends and family but will take you on a journey through the heart of Masaya conveyed by its artists, many of whom work on their craft even while you watch.
When you're in the mood for an excursion or two, plan a trip to the lush, green village of Tola 54 miles south. Explore the quiet beaches of Nicaragua's Emerald Coast while you lounge on the warm sand or amble through on horseback. If you're a golfer, work in a few rounds at Hacienda Iguana Golf, and you might get lucky and spot a few howler monkeys in the canopy.
When you come to beautiful, multi-ethnic Nicaragua, spend some time in one of our Masaya vacation rentals for an unforgettable experience.
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