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Masaya Volcano Tours

Skip the hike and drive right up to the lava-spitting rim of Masaya Volcano (Volcan Masaya), perched between Managua and Granada. The active volcano’s famous lava shows at the Santiago Crater, combined with ridiculously easy access, have made it one of the most popular attractions in all of Nicaragua.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Full Day Nicaragua Tour, Tamarindo, null
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Full Day Nicaragua Tour

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Explore all of Nicaragua's most famous highlights all in one day from Costa Rica! You will see a dormant volcano crater, the active Masaya Crater, go shopping ...  Read more

Location: Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00
Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua, Managua, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Granada, Masaya and Catarina from Managua

4.5 star rating: Recommended 13 Reviews

This complete full-day tour allows you to experience many of the breathtaking Nicaragua stops in one day. You will travel from Managua to several ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $90.00
Private Tour to Volcano Masaya by Night, Managua, Day Trips
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Private Tour to Volcano Masaya by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

On this 3-hour private guided tour, you will visit the volcano Masaya in the evening. With its impressive lava crater, you will have the opportunity to see a ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $45.00
San Juan del Sur Shore Excursion: Private Masaya Volcano and Catarina Tour, San Juan del Sur, ... 
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San Juan del Sur Shore Excursion: Private Masaya Volcano and Catarina Tour

Depart the San Juan del Sur cruise port to take a journey through the Masaya Volcano National Park. Spend 7-hours of your day observing the active volcano and ...  Read more

Location: San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $91.38
Full-day Nicaragua tour from Liberia: Granada, Nicaragua Lake and Masaya Volcano, Liberia, Ports of ... 
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Full-day Nicaragua tour from Liberia: Granada, Nicaragua Lake and Masaya Volcano

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One this day trip to Nicaragua, you will be able to visit the Masaya Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the region and buy a souvenir at the Masaya ...  Read more

Location: Liberia, Costa Rica
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $160.00
Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour, Managua, Day Trips
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Laguna de Apoyo Day pass plus Masaya Volcano Night Tour

This volcanic and refreshing outdoor activity starts when your meet your Local tour guide at your hotel in Managua or Masaya. The Aventure will ...  Read more

Location: , Nicaragua
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.50
Small Group Night Tour to the Masaya Volcano, Managua, Day Trips
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Small Group Night Tour to the Masaya Volcano

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

See the majestic Masaya Volcano and enjoy amazing and impressive views. Visit the viewpoint for no more than 20 minutes because of the risk of an explosion and ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hrs

From USD $47.00
Masaya City and Volcano Tour, Granada, Night Tours
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Masaya City and Volcano Tour

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Known locally as the "city of flowers," Masaya is the capital of Nicaraguan folklore, and is known as the birthplace of the area's best painters, ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.80
Lava tour Masaya Volcano, Managua, City Tours
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Lava tour Masaya Volcano

An inextricable part not only of the landscape but of the culture is Volcano Masaya. One of the world’s most accessible volcanoes, one of only two on earths ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $69.00
Day Trip to Masaya and Granada from Managua, Managua, Walking Tours
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Day Trip to Masaya and Granada from Managua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Visit the Nicaraguan cities of Masaya and Granada on this day trip from Managua. First explore Masaya, where you'll discover a large local market filled with ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.25

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