Granada City Tour From Managua With Boat Ride On Lake Nicaragua

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Experience the colonial city of Granada and the enormous Lake Nicaragua on this day trip from Managua. In the city, visit the Casa de los Tres Mundos cultural center, tour the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, browse local markets and admire gorgeous architecture around the main square, Parque Central. Then, hop in a boat for a cruise around Lake Nicaraguas archipelago of tiny tropical islands. Learn about the islands ecosystems from your guide and see native flora and fauna. Round-trip transportation from Managua hotels is included.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

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After pickup from your Managua hotel, your day trip to Granada starts as you head southeast with your guide to the shore of Lake Nicaragua, on which Granada sits.
Begin your Granada tour with a visit to the cultural center of Casa de los Tres Mundos. Created to support and promote cultural projects in Nicaragua and the rest of Central America, Casa de los Tres Mundos is located in a beautiful colonial mansion, which youll tour with your guide. Browse through the art gallery that includes paintings from local artists, and learn the history behind the center from your guide. Next, head Parque Central and browse local markets and admire colonial architecture as you make your way to the Convent and Museum of San Francisco, a striking colonial church with a blue facade. Tour the impressive museum inside the church, where you'll see pre-Colombian statues and pottery. Then, visit a nearby colonial-style house for lunch (own expense).
After lunch, your Lake Nicaragua adventure begins as you board a boat for a cruise to around 365 tiny tropical islands. Stay on the boat, cruising around the islands and learning about the lush flora from your guide. Marvel at Mombacho Volcano while cruising through the small islands, formed over 10,000 years ago when the volcano erupted. Keep an eye out for native birds like tanagers, hawks, jays and warblers, and listen to your guides commentary about the history of the islands and of Lake Nicaragua, which is home to freshwater sharks and sawfish.
After your boat ride, you'll be transported back to your Managua hotel.

Inclusions for Granada City Tour From Managua With Boat Ride On Lake Nicaragua

  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Boat ride on Lake Nicaragua
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions for Granada City Tour From Managua With Boat Ride On Lake Nicaragua

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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9 reviews by the users

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Henry was a great guide, good day!

  • The lake part was excellent and we enjoyed Granada as it has retained it's older look. Edgar was very good for both trips.

  • 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!!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Good combination with culture (Granada) and nature (Lake Nicaragua). Very good guide with perfecte knowledges of the local animals

  • Martin,tour guide did an excellent job.
    Not only did he showed us all of the important places to see in Granada. He also took us to eat the typical plate from the region which is call Vigoron-which consists of Cassava with pork rinders, very tasty.