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Masaya

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San Juan de Oriente

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Catarina

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Niquinohomo

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Masatepe

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Masaya

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  • Parque Nacional Volcán Masaya

    Masaya Things to Do

    The Masaya Volcano is very active, but it is currently putting out gas instead of magma. It affects the weather and crops in the area—if they get acid rain at the wrong time, the fruit isn’t edible. Drinking water has to be piped in because the wells have too much iron in them. The road goes up very close to the crater’s rim, and passes great piles...

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  • La Fortaleza Coyotepe

    Masaya Things to Do

    La Fortaleza Coyotepe, with a 360° view of the area, was built in 1893. It was all above ground until 1948, when 3 underground levels were added by Somosa and used for political prisoners. It is said that he occasionally picked up one or two of them and dropped them from a helicopter into the nearby volcano to scare the others. After the fort was...

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  • Horse Cart from the New Market

    Masaya Transportation

    A the New Market near the bus station, one can easily hire at reasonable price a horse cart for the trip to the Malecon or to the Viejo Mercado. The vendors of these carts vary widely in both cart and care of the horse, so consider carefully which cart you choose. The driver will take you to El Malecon and wait while you walk it, then pick you up...

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San Juan de Oriente

  • Most Delicious Rellenitas de Queso

    San Juan de Oriente Restaurants

    After visiting several pottery shops along the main street, leaning from the entrance to the village down a long hill, we decided to explore also the side streets to get an impression about people's life. Not far from the main street we noticed a house with a little backyard surrounded by tropical plants and trees. There were quite a lot of people...

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  • From Granada to Pueblos Blancos

    San Juan de Oriente Transportation

    One day Petra and I made a very nice trip from Granada to Pueblos Blancos and Laguna de Apoyo. We took a chicken bus that leaves from a block south of the market, across from the Shell station, and goes to San Juan de Oriente and Catarina. The bus was already full when we left. On the way it stopped on every corner so more and more people were...

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  • Famous San Juan de Oriente Pottery

    San Juan de Oriente Local Customs

    Nicaraguan pottery and ceramics have a long tradition. Pottery making has been in San Juan de Oriente since pre-Columbian times but during the 1970's the village experienced a revival of this traditional craft. Thanks to workshop schools established with government support in the the 1990's, the potters have expanded their techniques and the...

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Catarina

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  • Mirador de Catarina

    Catarina Things to Do

    The hillside pueblo Catarina is mainly known for the viewpoint Mirador de Catarina, a cliffside walkway at the edge of the crater lake Laguna de Apoyo. It is lined with restaurants and a few souvenir shops where you can buy some locally produced handicrafts. There is a small entrance fee to the viewpoint. Mirador de Catarina is one of the highest...

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  • From Granada do Pueblos Blancos

    Catarina Transportation

    One day Petra and I made a very nice trip from Granada to Pueblos Blancos and Laguna de Apoyo. We took a chicken bus that leaves from a block south of the market, across from the Shell station, and goes to San Juan de Oriente and Catarina. The bus was already full when we left. On the way it stopped on every corner so more and more people were...

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  • Nurseries of Wonderful Flowering Plants

    Catarina Local Customs

    Catarina has an obvious love of potted plants and is home to more flowers than people. This pretty hillside village is known for its viveros (nurseries) which overflow onto the streets with potted ornamental plants and colourful flowers. It's like tropical garden everywhere. The fertile soil and climate is perfect for the cultivation. There are...

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Niquinohomo

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    by MalenaN Updated May 22, 2010

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    I took a bus from Granada to Catarina. It was one of those slow buses stopping everywhere, so it took one hour to reach Catarina, the first village I visited during my daytrip. The bus was 10 cordobas (July 2009). From where I was dropped there was a walk of about 1km through the village to the Mirador. After admiring the beautiful views over Laguna de Apoyo and drinking a Coke I walked back through the village to the big roundabout down at the main road. I cross the road and took the next bus heading for Masatepe. It took 15 minutes and it was 5 cordobas.

    After eating lunch and an ice cream in Masatepe I took the bus to Niquinohomo, where I visited the Sandino Museum. On my way to Catarina and Masatepe I had noticed that the villages Niquinohomo, Catarina and San Juan de Oriente were all very close to each other. I asked at the museum how far it was to my next destination, San Juan de Oriente. And they told me it was only 2km, and they advised me to take one of the mototaxis standing by the plaza to San Juan de Oriente. It would cost 10 - 15 cordobas. But as the last mototaxi just left when I came there I decided to walk.

    From Niquinohomo I walked along a smaller road, parallel to the main road, up to the roundabout by Catarina, and then I followed the main road to San Juan de Oriente. In San Juan de Oriente I visited a few pottery shops before heading back to Granada. Going back to Granada I had to wait 20 minutes for the bus. Dark rain clouds were approaching, but luckily the bus arrived just before the rain started to pour down.

    The Library, and Sandino Museum in Niquinohomo
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Masatepe

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    by MalenaN Updated May 22, 2010

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    I took a bus from Granada to Catarina. It was one of those slow buses stopping everywhere, so it took one hour to reach Catarina, the first village I visited during my daytrip. The bus was 10 cordobas (July 2009). From where I was dropped there was a walk of about 1km through the village to the Mirador. After admiring the beautiful views over Laguna de Apoyo and drinking a Coke I walked back through the village to the big roundabout down at the main road. I cross the road and took the next bus heading for Masatepe. It took 15 minutes and it was 5 cordobas.

    After eating lunch and an ice cream in Masatepe I took the bus to Niquinohomo, where I visited the Sandino Museum. On my way to Catarina and Masatepe I had noticed that the villages Niquinohomo, Catarina and San Juan de Oriente were all very close to each other. I asked at the museum how far it was to my next destination, San Juan de Oriente. And they told me it was only 2km, and they advised me to take one of the mototaxis standing by the plaza to San Juan de Oriente. It would cost 10 - 15 cordobas. But as the last mototaxi just left when I came there I decided to walk.

    From Niquinohomo I walked along a smaller road, parallel to the main road, up to the roundabout by Catarina, and then I followed the main road to San Juan de Oriente. In San Juan de Oriente I visited a few pottery shops before heading back to Granada. Going back to Granada I had to wait 20 minutes for the bus. Dark rain clouds were approaching, but luckily the bus arrived just before the rain started to pour down.

    Street in Masatepe
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