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Masaya Volcano
Masaya Volcano

Masaya Volcano

Free admission

The Basics

Daytime trips to Masaya Volcano National Park—the first national park in Nicaragua—allow for leisurely hiking and tours of bat-inhabited caves, ideal for a quick urban escape into one of Nicaragua’s premier wildlife sanctuaries. The real show, however, begins after sunset, when cars line the highway to witness the spectacular sight of lava roiling just below the active crater’s rim, making for once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities and a chance to see geology in action. Night tours are so popular that tours are limited to just a few minutes at the rim—but that is all it takes to make a lasting impression. Make the most of your trip to Managua or Granada with a guided tour that takes in Masaya Volcano and other nearby attractions like the Mirador de Catarina, Lake Apoyo, or Lake Nicaragua.

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Granada Colonial City Tour and Masaya Volcano
Granada Colonial City Tour and Masaya Volcano
$120.00 per adult
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Gerald was like meeting an old...
Gerald was like meeting an old friend ! He was very accommodating and friendly. Transportation was a very clean air conditioned car. Highly recommend this Tour if you have a short time in Granada. You see everything!!! Thanks Gerald we’ll see you soon amigo. - Ramón y Christina
Christina_P, Jan 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Managua

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The best guide in all of Nicaragua
JONAH_V, Nov 2021
Boat tour + Granada City +Masaya Volcano Night Tour
I cannot thank Michael, the guide and owner of Show me Nicaragua tours, enough for an incredible trip touring just a small piece of what Nicaragua has to offer tourists! It is a stunningly beautiful country that has tons to see and do, and Michael was the best guide - he gave an in depth, cultural experience that helped me fall in love with the country in a new and exciting way.
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I loved this!
Toni_M, Mar 2020
Masaya Volcano Night Tour
Wonderful experience, the two guides were so pleasant and thoughtful. I am so glad I booked, they made sure I was happy, and had fun from beginning to end.
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Night tour of Volcano
KristiRae_V, Jan 2020
Masaya Volcano Night Tour
What a fantastic tour! Our tour guide, Daniel, made it such a great experience right from the start. Very knowledgeable and fun. We really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommended it. Also, seeing the volcano at night is such an incredible experience!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • If visiting at night, go early and plan to keep yourself entertained while you wait for the “show” to begin.

  • Some Costa Rica and San Juan del Sur shore excursions include a trip to Masaya for unbeatable transportation value.

  • The volcano itself is wheelchair accessible; check with tour providers for details.

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How to Get There

Masaya Volcano is located just 12 miles (19 kilometers) from Managua and 18 miles (30 kilometers) from Granada, roughly a 30- or 40-minute drive, respectively. You can take your own car or a public bus from either city to the park, but be sure to call the park in advance to reserve a spot if you want to visit without a tour.

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When to Get There

An outdoor activity open year-round, Masaya Volcano is easy to visit on your own schedule. Daytime visits are ideal for hiking and outdoor adventure, while night tours let you see the volcano’s famous lava.

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Volcanic Activity at the Masaya Volcano

Masaya is one of the most active volcanoes in the area, having erupted at least 19 times since Spanish arrival in 1524. The most recent eruption was in 1993, though smaller ash eruptions have occurred as recently as 2008.

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