The city of Granada, also referred to as the ´Colonial Jewel´, is Nicaragua’s main tourist destination and a ‘must see’ for any itinerary. While the city is easily accessible on a day-trip from many destinations throughout Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the charms of the city and its immediate surroundings make Granada a place where you will want to spend a few days.

Founded in 1524, Granada is believed to be the second oldest city established in mainland Latin America. During colonial times Granada witnessed much unrest as the city was repeatedly attacked by pirates and in fierce competition with León to be recognized as the country’s capital. Nowadays Granada is characterized by its brightly colored Spanish-colonial architecture which is prevalent throughout the city center.

The ambiance is pleasant and there are quite a few restaurants and bars, especially along the boulevard heading from the central park to the shores of Lake Nicaragua.

A city tour by horse-drawn carriage will give you a good sense of the rich history and authenticity of Spanish-colonial Granada while Lake Nicaragua provides the perfect setting for a boat trip through the lake’s numerous small islands. ‘Las Isletas’ were created by an eruption of the nearby (now dormant) Mombacho Volcano. You can visit this volcano as well, do some hiking, canopying, or just enjoy the magnificent views from the top.

Other tour options in and around Granada include:

+ The nearby crater lake (diameter: 6 kilometers), Laguna de Apoyo
+ A trip to nearby villages specializing in handicrafts, the ´Pueblos Blancos
+ The Masaya volcano (still active)
+ A walk through the Masaya handicrafts market.
+ A visit to the Isla de Ometepe

Las Isletas – Electric Boat Tour & Zopango Island – NEW!
Experience an unforgettable morning of relaxation on an eco-friendly tour of Las Isletas and a trip to the private island of Zopango

Explore the flora and fauna and tranquil lifestyle of Lake Nicaragua in a silent, environmentally friendly electric boat. Depart from the marina and head out for a guided tour of Las Isletas of Granada. Arrive at the private island of Zopango, situated in the Asese Peninsula directly in front of the Mombacho Volcano. Once on the island, you’ll have the opportunity to take a swim, explore the island, or relax in one of the hammocks all while taking in fabulous views of the Mombacho Volcano. Enjoy a delicious lunch of local fresh fish cooked in front of you on the barbeque before heading back to the harbor.

 

 


Recommendations:
+ Sunglasses, sunscreen, protective clothing and hat
+ Binoculars available upon request
+ Bring a bottle of water for the boat ride


Duration: 2 1/2 hours

Start: Anytime (morning is the best time to view wildlife)
End: Anytime

Included:
Transportation (overland and aquatic)
Entrance fees
Bilingual guide
Complementary drink

Note: Minimum 2 people required


Las Isletas & Asese Peninsula- Bike and Boat Tour – NEW!
Experience a mixture of local culture and the natural beauty of the Asese Peninsula.

Begin your biking adventure in Granada’s Central Park and head through the colonial city towards the La Cabaña Amarilla port. Stop along the way to learn about the Spanish colonial history surrounding the harbor and lakefront - an area occupied by pirates for more than 200 years. From here, load the bikes onto your boat and take off for a lancha tour of “Las Isletas”; made up of 365 islands formed by the eruption of the Mombacho Volcano. Take in the wide variety of flora and fauna of the Asese Archipelago and don’t forget to look for the monkeys which inhabit Monkey Island. Disembark at El Astillero El Diamonte and continue by bike through several small communities. Stop for a swim and drink at the Balneario del Rayo and head back to the city to wrap up this exhilarating tour.



Recommendations:
+ Wear athletic shoes
+ Bring snacks (cookies, granola bars, peanuts, etc..)
+ Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent
+ Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
+ Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 4 hours

Start: 07:00 AM
End: 11:00 AM

Included:
Mountain bike rental
Professional, bilingual guide
Bilingual guide
Bottled water

Note: Minimum 2 people required


Las Isletas – Boat Tour
Take a relaxing boat trip through the Isletas of Granada

HotelesA boat trip through the Isletas of Granada is a great way to explore Lake Cocibolca, the great lake of Nicaragua. Depart from your hotel and head towards Cabaña Amarilla harbor where you will board a private motor boat and explore Las Isletas of Granada. Situated at the foot of the impressive Mombacho Volcano, Las Isletas consist of around 365 small volcanic islands which were formed when the Mombacho Volcano erupted about 20,000 years ago. Today, many of the small islands are inhabited by families who make their living from fishing, while other islands play host to extravagant villas owned by Nicaragua’s rich and famous. Additional items of interest are the San Pablo fort, built in the 18th century to protect Granada against English pirates and ‘Monkey Island’. Before heading back, enjoy a complementary drink at a restaurant located on one of the islands where you can soak in the beautiful views or take a dip in the pool.



Recommendations:
+ Wear athletic shoes
+ Bring snacks (cookies, granola bars, peanuts, etc..)
+ Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent
+ Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
+ Bring along a poncho or rain jacket


Duration: 2 hours

Start:10:00 AM | 15:00 PM
End: 12:00 PM | 17:00 PM

Included:
Transportation (overland and aquatic)
Entrance fees
Bilingual guide
Complementary drink

Note: Minimum 2 people required, Guaranteed daily departure.


Las Isletas – Kayak Tour
Discover the Isletas of Granada by kayakDiscover the Isletas of Granada by kayak

Hoteles Kayaking through Las Isletas of Lake Nicaragua is an exciting and relaxing way to explore the area on your own. As you navigate through the calm waters, with Volcán Mombacho as your backdrop, be sure to keep an eye out for the many species of birds and wildlife that inhabit the lake and its surrounds. You will also have the opportunity to pass by local fishing communities and observe daily island life.

 

 


 

Recommendations:
+ Wear athletic shoes
+ Bring snacks (cookies, granola bars, peanuts, etc..)
+ Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent
+ Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
+ Bring along a poncho or rain jacket


Duration: 2 hours

Start:Anytime
End: Anytime

Included:
Transportation to/from lake
Kayak rental (1 hour)
Life vest
Entrance fees

Note: Minimum 2 people required, Guaranteed daily departure.

Granada City Tour
Get acquainted with the beautiful Spanish-colonial city on a horse-drawn carriage ride.

ENo visit to Granada is complete without a tour of the city’s beautiful historic center and what better way than on a traditional horse-drawn carriage. Founded by the Spanish in 1524, Granada is considered to be one of the oldest colonial cities in the Western hemisphere. On this privately guided walking/carriage tour you will explore the San Francisco Church and neighboring San Francisco Convent built in 1529. Now functioning as a museum, the Convent is home to an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art. Continue on to the beautiful Merced Church where you will have the opportunity to climb to the top of the bell tower and take in spectacular views over the city, Lake Nicaragua, and Volcán Mombacho. Next, head over to La Polvora Fortress to learn the history of the old fortress and walk through its immaculate courtyard. Finish your tour in the oldest part of the city where you will visit the Xalteva Church and the old city walls. Throughout the excursion your guide will provide you with an informative and unique perspective of this beloved colonial city.



+ The San Francisco Convent and Church (1529)
+ The San Francisco museum with several archaeological treasures from Isla Zapatera, a primitive art exhibition, and historical display.
+ La Polvora fortress.
+ The Xalteva Church and the old city walls, the most antique part of Granada.
Your guide will take you for a walk now and then and will show you his/her native city up close.

Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 2 hours

Start: 09.00 AM | 14.00 PM
End: 11.00 PM | 16.00 PM

Included:
Transport by horsedrawn carriage
Bilingual guide
Entrance fees

Note: Minimum 2 people required, Guaranteed daily departure

Mombacho volcano – Crater Trail
Experience impressive cloud forests, diverse craters, and spectacular views from the top of Mombacho Volcano on this moderate hike.

Situated in a beautiful cloud forest and home to a wide variety of vegetation and wildlife, a visit to Mombacho Volcano is a great way for any nature lover to spend the day. Drive to the top (1150 meters) of the volcano in a 4x4 vehicle. After a quick trip to the scientific station explore this impressive volcano on a guided walk. The well-kept Crater Trail (1.5 km) leads you around the crater through dense cloud forest. Pass by several fumaroles and enjoy spectacular views overlooking Granada, Las Isletas, Laguna de Apoyo and the Masaya Volcano. Be sure to keep an eye out for the howler and white face monkeys as well as the endemic Mombacho salamander.







Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 4 hours
Start: 08.00 AM | 14.00 PM
End: 12.00 PM | 18.00 PM

Included:
Transportation by 4X4 vehicle
Entrance fees
Complementary cup of coffee

Note: Minimum 2 people required


Mombacho Volcano -CAnopy Tour
Volcano adventure for all ages!

Enjoy views of the Mombacho Volcano and Cocibolca Valley from a bird´s eye view on this adventurous canopy tour. Zip through the treetops as you go from platform to platform ranging in height from 10 to 100 feet above the canopy floor. All guests are accompanied by an expert instructor and provided with high quality equipment, including helmets, pulleys, and gloves. Canopy is a safe and fun adventure for the entire family.










Recommendations:
+ Comfortable shoes (preferably not sandals)
+ Sunscreen and insect repellent
+ Camera


Duration: 5 hours
Start: 08:30 AM | 13:30 PM
End: 13:30 PM | 18:30 PM

Included:
Transport by 4X4 vehicle
Bilingual instructor
Entrance fees & use of equipment

Note: Minimum 2 people required

Kayak
Discovering the Lake of Nicaragua by kayak

Kayaking through Las Isletas of Lake Nicaragua is an exciting way to explore this area on your own.
You can navigate through the calm water and enjoy water while doing some healthy exercise at the same time.











Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 2 hours
Start: Anytime
End: Anytime

Included:
Transport to lake
Rent of kayak (1 hour)
Use of lifevest
Entrance fees

Note: Minimum 2 people required

Noche Nicaragüense in Masaya
Folklore festival (only on Thursdays)

Nicaragua is all about traditions, and a visit to the Folkloric Thursday night is a great way to become acquainted with the rich history and culture of this unique Central American country. The festival, which is held in the old market, showcases a wide variety of traditional dance and musical performances, including the very popular marimba. In addition, there are many open air food stands serving up tasty local cuisine. After a great night, you will be transferred back to your hotel. On Fridays and Saturdays, we can arrange cultural nights in Managua or Granada.

Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 5 hours
Start: 18:00 PM
End: 23:00 PM

Included:
Transportation Granada-Masaya-Granada
Entrance fees

Note: Minimum 2 people required

Zapatera Cultural heritage
Explore Nicaragua’s indigenous cultural heritage on a visit to this remote island destination

A visit to Zapatera gives visitors a glimpse into pre-Columbian life in Nicaragua. Once serving as an important ceremonial site, many traces of pre-Columbian civilization can be found on the island. Numerous treasures have been unearthed on the island including statues, petro glyphs, and ceramic artifacts; and many believe there still remains a lot to be discovered. While the island is sparsely populated, the tourism infrastructure is practically undeveloped, making a visit quite an adventurous and 'OFF THE BEATEN TRACK' experience.


Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket



Duration: 8 hours
Start:08:30 AM
End: 16:00

Included:
Transport (overland & aquatic)
Bilingual guide
Entrance fees
Local lunch including drinks

Note: Minimum 2 people requiered

Highlights - Masaya Volcano, Artisan Market, and Pueblos Blancos
Get to know the spectacular sites outside of Granada on this full day tour.

You will visit some of the top sites in the direct surroundings of Granada today:

+ Masaya volcano (National Park).
+ Masaya handicrafts market.
+ Cantarina and Apoyo crater lake.
+ San Juan de Oriente (ceramics).

Depart from your hotel this morning and head over to Masaya Volcano National Park. Here you will get a chance to visit the Masaya Volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active, and view the smoking crater from the top. Next, head over to the town of Masaya, famous for its artisans and traditional handicrafts. Peruse the stalls of the market where you will see various forms of traditional Nicaraguan artwork from pottery to leather goods and textiles. Here you will have the opportunity to buy all kinds of souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Take a break for lunch at the romantic village of Catarina and enjoy the spectacular viewpoint over the huge crater lake of Apoyo. After lunch visit the village of San Juan de Oriente, famous for its ceramics, and learn the complex process involved in creating this traditional art form.

Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 7 hours
Start: 09:00 AM
End: 16:00 PM

Included:
Transportation
Bilingual guide
Entrance fees
Scenic lunch

Note: Minimum 2 people requiered

Romantic getaway
A special private island tour for couples

Get royale treatment on this exclusive and private romantic island getaway. Transfer by hose-drawn carriage to the Granada marina where you will be met by your local captain for a private tour of Las Isletas de Granada. Arrive at the island of El Roble where you will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared especially for you and your loved one. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure on your private island. Take a dip in the pool, head out in a kayak, or just relax in one of the king-sized hammocks. Return to the marina and enjoy a sundowner cocktail as you watch the sun set over Las Isletas. The sweet sounds of the Mariachi or Marimba musicians will play for you and your partner making this a day you will surely remember.




Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 8 hours
Start: 11.00 AM
End: 19.00 PM

Included:
Scenic lunch & afternoon on private island
Musical performance & cocktail
Transport (overland and aquatic)

Note: Minimum 2 people requiered, Overnight stay on the island is possible (Not included)

Lava Night Tour
Nocturnal volcano adventure at Masaya Volcano

Experience the thrilling sights and sounds of the Masaya Volcano by night! Shortly before sunset you will head over to the volcano. Keep an eye out for the green "Chocoyos" (Parakeets) returning to their nests inside the crater. Amazingly, these birds have adapted over time to withstand the sulfurous fumes emitted from the volcano. At around the same time, you will see massive numbers of bats as they leave their caves and head out for the night – another great sight. Next, grab and flashlight and helmet and explore an underground tunnel formed by lava streams. The night ends with a trip to the viewpoint which will allow you to look inside the crater mouth. Here you will have the opportunity to observe the glow of the lava from inside the crater which was formed in 2006. The red glow of the lava illuminates the surroundings, making this a truly unforgettable experience.








Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: 3 1/2
Start: 16:00 PM
End: 19:30 PM

Included:
Transport (to and in the park)
Bilingual guide and guided walk
Entrance fees

Note: Minimum 2 people requiered

Bike and Boat Tour
Experience a mixture of local culture and the natural beauty of the Asese Peninsula.

Begin your biking adventure in Granada’s Central Park and head through the colonial city towards the port “La Cabaña Amarilla”. Stop along the way to learn about the Spanish colonial history surrounding the Granada Port and beach area - an area occupied by pirates for more than 200 years. From here, load the bikes onto your boat and take off for a lancha tour of “Las Isletas”; made up of 365 islands formed by the eruption of the Mombacho Volcano.
Make sure to keep your eyes open for the large variety of flora and fauna that the Asese Archipelago offers in addition to the monkeys which inhabit Monkey Island. Disembark at El Astillero El Diamonte and continue by bike through several small communities on the peninsula. Stop for a swim and have a drink at the Balneario de El Rayo and head back to the city and Central Park to wrap up this exhilarating tour.





Recommendations:
+ Wear athletic shoes
+ Bring snacks (cookies, granola bars, peanuts, etc..)
+ Sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent
+ Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
+ Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: : 4 hrs
Start: 7:00AM
End: 11:00AM

Included:
Mountain bike rental
Professional, bilingual guide
Bottled water


Note: Minimum 2 people required




Coffee Tour
Visit a Coffee producing hacienda

Vapues Tours offers you the unique opportunity to visit a working coffee plantation, idyllically located on the slopes of Mombacho Volcano. You learn about the process of coffee cultivation, harvest and processing. Your bilingual guide takes you on a walking tour through the plantations. At the end of your tour you enjoy coffee tastings and the incredible views from Hacienda Café Las Flores. Your visit supports a traditional Nicaraguan working coffee farm!
Mombacho Volcano has an altitude of 1344 meters, and is located just outside the beautiful colonial town of Granada. The plantation is part of the Mombacho Natural Biological Reserve, one of the very few tropical cloud forests in Nicaragua's Pacific region. Ask for the following add-on´s: Cloud forest hiking trails, Canopy Tour.





Recommendations:
Wear light clothing suited for warm weather
Bring along a poncho or rain jacket

Duration: : 2 ½ hours
Start: 9.30 AM | 14:30 PM
End: 12.00 AM | 17:00 PM

Included:
Transportation
Bilingual guide
Entrance fees
Complementary drink

Note: Minimum 2 people required




Cacao Farm & Isletas Tour
Discover the Islands of Granada, visit a private nature reserve, and learn about the source of chocolat.

Explore the diverse islands of Granada located in Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest fresh water lake. Be amazed with the majestic views of Mombacho Volcano and the natural beauty of the area.

ake a boat ride across Lake Cocibolca to the private nature reserve La Calera located at the base of Volcano Mombacho. At La Calera, horses will be provided for a guided tour of the tropical forest, banana, and cocoa plantations. Guests can also choose to hike on foot. Visitors will learn about the different stages of production and processing of cocoa beans used to make the paste for chocolate.

Continue on to La Casa Hacienda for lunch and enjoy the beautiful views overlooking the islands. There will also be time for those who wish to take a dip in the natural water pools located in the tropical rainforest before heading back to Granada. The day ends with a tasting of rich artisanal chocolate made at the ChocoMuseo.

Recommendations: + Wear hiking shoes
+ Bring water
+ Sunscreen and insect repellent
+ Take a long-sleeved shirt, trousers, and a cap

Duration: 6 – 7 hrs
Start: 8:30 AM
End: 3:30 PM

Included:
Pick-up/drop-off at ChocoMuseum
Transportation (boat, horseback)
Bilingual guide
Entrance Fees
Lunch

Note: Minimum 2 people required