- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast today, embark upon a city tour of colonial Granada. Founded in 1524, Granada is considered a historic and cultural landmark. The tour takes you through Granada's charming streets, showing off its beautiful homes, patios, and churches. Visit La Merced, a stunning baroque cathedral that offers captivating views of the city from its lofty rooftop, and the famed convent of San Francisco, with its striking, iconic blue facade.
After touring Granada on foot, take a relaxing boat ride on Lake Nicaragua. The boat ride lasts about an hour, meandering around islands formed by the area's many volcanoes. Relax and take the stunning lake-scape from this spectacular vantage point. Have lunch in Granada before traveling half an hour down the road to the first national park in the country. Established in 1979, Masaya National Park is named for the picturesque Masaya volcano. At the environmental interpretive center, learn about the history of the volcano as well as the flora and fauna of the surrounding wildlife refuge. Continue with your guided drive up to the summit of Masaya, where you can get out and explore the Santiago crater. Learn about the volcanic formations, the famous Aratinga Strenua, a bird that makes its home in the toxic crater walls, as well as the history of the Spanish explorers and native inhabitants of the area. After the volcano tour, travel 15 minutes down the road to visit the Masaya arts and crafts market which features locally-made ceramics, hammocks, and wood and leather goods.
Return to Granada and enjoy dinner on your own.