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
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
- Book a place on a minivan to Managua or León
Tierra tours is a popular and reliable tour company in Granada, and León.
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!
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!
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!