Granada to Managua

Granada to Managua

Granada is a city in the south of Nicaragua in Central America. The main points of interest for tourists and photographers are;

  • Islets of Granada
  • Mombacho volcano
  • Granada cathedral
  • Colonial buildings of the historic center
  • Guadelupe and Merced churches
  • Trips to Isla de Ometepe
  • Trips to Masaya Volcano
  • Granada pier
Guadalupe Church, Granada, Nicaragua

Guadalupe Church, Granada, Nicaragua

Pictured above is Guadalupe church, with Granada cathedral in the background.  This road is called ‘Paseo de los mangos’, you’ll find lots of good value accommodation, restaurants and tour companies around here.  A walk down Paseo de los mangos to the pier will give you many great photo opportunities.  You can book tours from many locations on Paseo de los mangos to;

  • Isla de Ometepe
  • Masaya Volcano (day or night tours)
  • Mombacho Volcano
  • Islets of Granada
  • Volcano boarding
  • Canopy
  • Book a place on a minivan to Managua or León

Tierra tours is a popular and reliable tour company in Granada, and León.

Mayasa Volcano, Nicaragua

Mayasa Volcano, Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano is one of the few volcanoes of the world you can visit and see magma.  It’s the night tour to this volcano you need to take to see the magma, you’ll also need a bit of luck that the magma is visible!  Unfortunately there had been a forest fire a couple of days before I visited so the night tours were temporarily suspended.  I still managed to take the day tour and it was amazing to be a the top of a volcano and see the crater smoking.  There is a road all the way up the volcano, so no walking is required, it’s a brilliant way to see a very live volcano!

Howler monkey, Granada, Nicaragua

Howler monkey, Islets, Granada, Nicaragua

If you love birdwatching and wildlife watching, if you love photography, then the Granada Islets tour is for you.  The small islands are very beautiful and some of them are for sale too!  Some of them have very rich and famous owners, some of them have monkeys as their only inhabitants.  There is even a famous Congo monkey they name Michael Jackson for it’s white face and black body.

About 10 years ago I went to Nicaragua and the Ometepe Island, so I did not take the tour this time.  Last time I stayed overnight on Ometepe island. I took an early morning volcano Maderas crater lagoon hike, this took about 8 hours and was wet, muddy and slippy but worth it to see the crater lagoon at the top!

Taxi from Granada to León

Private taxi from Granada to León with a tour of Managua.

I decided to take a private taxi to León because the driver gave me a good price and agreed to show me some sights in Managua.  I would recommend investigating this option if you are a party of 3-4, as it will be a similar cost to the mini bus price.  The taxi driver I found was a driver on one of the tours I took.  After telling him my plans to go to Léon, he wanted to take me and he wanted me to see Managua as well.  More likely, he was looking for a job, but it worked for both of us.  I didn’t really want to visit Managua, but with a local who’s going to show me the sites on route to my next destination, that will work!

Managua to León

2017-03-13T13:34:48+00:00December 21st, 2016|Central America, Nicaragua|10 Comments


  1. Megan Indoe January 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    Wow, it looks like there are alot of incredible things to see here! I want to see those howler monkeys! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of them until now and I am a sucker for animals!

  2. Aaron January 9, 2017 at 2:40 am - Reply

    Wow. I love the volcano. I have always been into the geology surrounding rocks like this. I can definitely say that’s Nicaragua will be on my radar for places to visit.

  3. Lena from fouronaworldtrip January 9, 2017 at 7:11 am - Reply

    thats a good tip with sharing a taxi, it’s probably more convenient than taking a mini bus anyway. However, I would love to go to Nicaragua; I was involved in a project when being still in school (‘some’ years ago) and ever since I wanna go there.. i hope I’ll make it one day!

  4. Sara - I do what I want to January 9, 2017 at 11:29 am - Reply

    Nice!!! We haven’t been to Nicaragua yet but hopefully 2017 will be the year so I’ll keep this in mind 😉 Thanks for sharing

  5. Matt Hulland January 9, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing, I love the pic of the Howler Monkey, I have a bit of a passion for our little furry cousins! The volcano sounds pretty awesome too. I don’t really know much about Nicaragua yet (including how to spell it without checking) I think I’m going to have to take a much closer look!

  6. TravelingDreads January 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    Seeing an active volcano sounds awesome! I haven’t yet been to this part of the world but when I do, this sounds like something that could be really interesting to include on an itinerary 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  7. Alice Cardy January 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm - Reply

    This is not on my travel plans yet but it looks like a nice destination. I really like that you can go see the volcano up close, I did this with the Etna in Sicily when I was a child and I really enjoyed it! Also it’s good to know that you can make good deals with drivers to show you around!

  8. Sheri January 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Wow! Looks like this would be an awesome trip with a lot of unique elements to experience! I learned a lot from this post. Fantastic!

  9. Jessica January 16, 2017 at 6:38 am - Reply

    I hope to make it to Nicaragua at some point. It would be cool to do a long trip through Central America. I found out the hard way in Costa Rica that monkeys can be ferocious. I have been scared of them ever since.

  10. Anita January 16, 2017 at 7:16 am - Reply

    It seems to be a convenient way to travel around the place.

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