Granada City Tour from Managua with Boat Ride on Lake Nicaragua
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Granada City Tour from Managua with Boat Ride on Lake Nicaragua
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Granada City Tour from Managua with Boat Ride on Lake Nicaragua

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Stop At: Iglesia de La Merced, Calle Real Xalteva Barrio Xalteva, Granada Nicaragua

You will visit La Merced Church, from where you will have a great panoramic view of the city, the lake and Mombacho volcano.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Casa de Los Tres Mundos, Calle Cervantes, Granada Nicaragua

Casa de los Tres Mundos is a foundation that supports cultural projects and it's located in a colonial building at Plaza Los Leones. You will get the chance to appreciate the beautiful architecture and some local art.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco, De Catedral 1 c. al Norte, 1 c. al Este, Granada Nicaragua

The Museum at San Francisco Convent offers a nice collection of historical objects, paintings, and statues. One of its most interesting collections are the 28 Pre-Columbian statues from Zapatera Island. These statues date from 800 to 1200 AD. Other expositions display archaeological findings and other objects that tell you more about Nicaragua’s history. The museum is in a colonial house with a beautiful inner courtyard.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Las Isletas, Nicaragua

You will embark on a boat tour of Granada's famous Isletas, an archipelago of more than 300 tiny tropical islands. While you listen to your guide’s commentary about the history of Lake Nicaragua, admire views of Mombacho Volcano and keep an eye out for native birds like tanagers, hawks, jays and warblers.

Duration: 45 minutes

Pass By: Mombacho Volcano, Granada Nicaragua

You will get amazing views of Mombacho Volcano from the city of Granada and during the boat tour of Las Isletas.

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  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
  • Entry/Admission - Iglesia de La Merced
  • Entry/Admission - Casa de Los Tres Mundos
  • Entry/Admission - Centro Cultural Antiguo Convento San Francisco
  • Entry/Admission - Las Isletas
Not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Josue A
4 | 2016-12-12

As a native Nicaraguan, Granada has always had a special place in my heart. It is one of the most beautiful colonial cities of Nicaragua. This was the second tour that we had with our guide, Moises Ferreti. The previous day, he had taken us to Leon, and the day after he took us for a tour around Managua. Moises was always very professional, knowledgeable, personable, and most of all flexible. This day really put his flexibility and knowledge to the test. Part of the tour includes a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua to visit the beautiful Isletas de Granada, a group of 365 small islands that were created after the eruption of the nearby Mombacho Volcano. Due to the threat of Hurricane Otto, the port of Granada was closed and no boats were allowed to go on the lake. This was obviously outside of Moises and tour company's control. Therefore, Moises had to really think on his feet to find a suitable substitution since going out on the lake was out of the question. Before doing that, Moises took us to explore Granada. As I mentioned before, Granada is a beautiful colonial city. I find it to be more beautiful than its colonial sister and ancient rival, the city of Leon. The colonial houses of Granada are so beautiful that it's a real shame that many have been converted to retail space. Granada has a vast number of churches, which Moises took us to visit and share some of the history of each church. Many of the churches in Granada, including the cathedral, are much newer than the ones found in Leon. In part, this is due to the invasion by American mercenary William Walker, who briefly became the president of Nicaragua, and put the city of Granada to the torch. Some of the few churches that survived the blaze still bear the scars of the inferno. Granada also has a beautiful museum inside a monastery. The monastery includes Nicaraguan art, displays regarding Nicaraguan culture, and some pre-Columbian artifacts. After exploring Granada, Moises took us to the Laguna de Apoyo as a substitute to the boat ride in the lake. Laguna de Apoyo is a volcanic lake that straddles the border between the departments of Granada and Masaya. I have visited Laguna de Apoyo many times, but only along the edges of the ancient crater. You can catch breathtaking views of the lake from Catarina, and a popular meeting place called El Mirador. Hiking trails can be found along the slopes of the crater. The natural beauty of Laguna de Apoyo from El Mirador is breathtaking. But it pales in comparison to going down to the shore of the lake, which is something that I had never done. Moises, our tour guide took us down to the lake shore, which is dominated by exclusive resorts. Thanks to his connections, he was able to obtain access for us to one of the resorts, where we spend a couple of hours by the shore, overlooking at the placid waters of the lake, relaxing in the afternoon soon. Although it was disappointing to not being able to visit Las Isletas de Granada, which is one of my favorite places in Nicaragua, I appreciate that Moises was able to find a suitable substitution. If you have never been to Granada and its famous Isletas, I definitely recommend this tour. And I definitely recommend Moises as a tour guide. He is the best!

gregory h
3 | 2015-06-26

Interesting town with a few things to do. Lake ride was fun too but too short. Guide made the whole day worth it. Henry's knowledge of everything and care for his clients can't be beat. Looked after my son as if his own.

Carol R
4 | 2015-03-11

Henry was a great guide, good day!

Thomas N
5 | 2014-01-02

The tour was absolutely wonderful. Our tour guide, Erick, was not only friendly but very knowledgeable about the history of the city. This was very impressive. Being history buffs, we found this quite interesting. The city itself is beautiful and again, Erick, put us at ease in our new surroundings. The boat ride was of course peaceful and gorgeous. Erick, again amazed us by courting the monkeys and by surprising wifey with a flower that grew inside a banana shaped plant hanging from a tree. Amazing!!

euclides m
5 | 2013-12-11

amazing servitours local operator was amazing the tour guide was very good, knew every detail about the tour, and was very professional, I have done tours in many countries with different operators and I am amaze to say in this little corner of central America I found the best tour operators ever. thank you for a lifetime experience.

Joan B
5 | 2013-11-27

We could not have been MORE pleased with this tour! Our guide Erick was excellent, so informative, spoke both languages to perfection, and knew the answer to every question we asked. The city and sights were beautiful and interesting, lunch was at a charming garden restaurant, and the boat tour so fun and relaxing - and we saw more than a dozen species of herons, kingfishers, and other birds. Would recommend this tour to anyone!



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