A Cultural Destination
Masaya is an attractive town that should be visited by those traveling in Nicaragua. Masaya, a picturesque city filled with heritage, folklore, and natural destinations. This town’s an important cultural destination where you can see traditional dance and music. The city is a big industrial center, but you can also find lodging, restaurants, bars, and shops. Located only 19km from Managua and a short 16km from Granada making it easily accessible.
The two major natural destinations near Masaya are the Masaya Lagoon also the Masaya Volcano National Park. The latter is a favorite tourist spot and has a small museum and a tourist information center. Masaya is still an active volcano and lava is still visible in one of the volcano’s crater. Guided tours of the Masaya Volcano taken where you will trek inside caves containing bats; these caves were created by lava flows from past eruptions. Presently, the Masaya Volcano has recently become active again with ash clouds, lava, the whole bit. The night tours are an amazing experience and a great way to light up the night.
The Mercado Artesanias, or Artisan Market, in Masaya, offers visitors the chance to walk through booths showing crafts made by Nicaraguans. Presently, located in a distinctive 1900s building near the center of the city. This market is the heart for Nicaraguan handicrafts; here you can buy crafts from Masaya and other areas in Nicaragua. It is a favorite tourist spot because you can see and buy traditional Nicaraguan wares. Also, in Masaya, every Thursday night there are traditional Nicaraguan dances presented near the market.