Located between Cocibolca and Xolotlán lakes, Masaya is the smallest department in Nicaragua and one of the most densely populated, is part of the Metropolitan Region of Managua.
Famous for its handicrafts, culture and folklore, besides having a huge natural potential. Very touristy department Masaya worth to visit and get to know.
Masaya presents a varied territory in the southern municipalities, Catarina, La Concepcion, Masatepe, Nandasmo, Niquinohomo and San Juan de Oriente, the terrain is hilly and has more than 500 meters above sea level elevations, in addition to channels temporary rivers that descend from the plateau of Peoples, Carazo and flow into the Laguna de Masaya. The northern municipalities, Masaya Tisma Nindiri and have a characteristic of the Plain interlacustrine flat territory.
The provincial capital has the same name as the department and is known as the city of flowers. Located just a few 30 kilometers south-east of Managua, Masaya is also the main producer of crafts nationally. Do not miss its two markets, New and Old, to observe and buy crafts from around the country. Possessing a beautiful old town, has attractive unmatched in the country, its ancient fortress Coyotepe or the boardwalk are very interesting to know. also it has a large tourist and recreation offer, hotels, hostels, bars, pubs and nightclubs.
A few kilometers from the city of Masaya is the Masaya Volcano Natural Reserve, where you can see from the Santiago crater lava and gases from the smoldering inside. Known since the time of colonization as “The Mouth of Hell” tour the Reserve is an experience that can not miss.
Less well known but of equal interest is the Laguna de Masaya, located in Masaya Volcano National Park. Of great interest for nature lovers and hiking.
One of the biggest attractions of this department and the country is the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve where apart from enjoying its landscapes, its natural environment, crystal clear waters and refreshing bath, you can perform a number of activities such as hiking, horseback riding, kayaking or paragliding. Environment of the lagoon there are a variety of programs to meet the needs of visitors services, from food, selling crafts, culture and fun and to stay.
If it’s nature, you can visit La Reserva Natural Laguna de Tisma, which is one of the RAMSAR sites. It is a lacustrine wetland formed by the Laguna de Tisma, the Playuela Tisma, Laguna Amapa, Poneloyo Estuary and part of the Tipitapa River. Its territory extends by the departments of Managua and Tipitapa, in this last in the municipality of Tisma.
In the department of Masaya they are part of municipalities that make up the so-called “white villages” (Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, Niquinohomo, Nandasmo, Masatepe / shop Granada, Diriá and Diriomo). Its name comes from the white color in what are whitewashed the walls of their houses. Another feature of the White Villages is making crafts, highlighting the ceramic, saddlery and development of wicker and wood furniture. Its streets and roads are painted a thousand colors and filled with scents from flowers and plants nurseries.
In Nindirí you can approach the history of this department Tenderí visiting the Museum and the Ethnographic Museum Nacudari.
Niquinohomo, the birthplace of General of Free Men, Augusto Cesar Sandino, was declared Historical Heritage of the Nation in 2002.
If you visit be sure to try Masatepe which they say is the best soup modongo the country.
HOW TO GET?
Masaya from Managua reach is simple, take the road to Masaya for 30km, south of the capital, recently remodeled and well marked. The same road will take them to the nearby city of Granada. To arrive by bus from Managua, you can take them from the bus stop of the UCA, and often carry out the destination quickly.
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