The Masaya Volcano National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Nicaragua, thanks to offering the opportunity of direct contact with the area of ??its most active crater and its surroundings.
The Masaya Volcano National Park encompasses an ancient volcanic caldera that currently comprises a shield-type volcano and 5 craters, a crater lagoon, 15 lavic tunnels and 4 cineritic cones. It is located between the department of Masaya and the department of Managua, in the vicinity of the city of Nindirí.
The volcano is located at the center of the National Park, and at its feet is the volcanic lagoon of the same name. It is one of the seven active volcanoes in the country whose crater rim is reachable by vehicle. The park hosts an interesting system of lava tubes where thousands of bats and insects live in harmony with the surrounding nature. Prehispanic artifacts were also found in the caves where presumably the Nicaraguan natives carried out important rituals.
How to get to the Masaya Volcano National Park
The park, located at kilometer 23 road to Masaya.
It is less than half an hour from Managua, and 10 minutes from Masaya. When you reach the entrance, recognizable by a large sign, it is five kilometers uphill on a paved road to the main crater, located in the center of the park. You can get here in your car or ask a taxi to take you there. You can also walk, but this will take time and energy as the climb is quite steep.
Every day the park opens its doors for the daytime visit from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. It is also possible to take a short night tour, available every day, from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, depending on the influx of visitors to the park.