Granada – Tourism, history and architecture
After breakfast, you will enjoy the architectural beauty of Granada. It is an enchanting city know as the “Paris of the Americas” and named as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will also take a trip around the islets, which resulted form the last recorded eruption of Mombacho volcano in 1570. There are more than 360 islets filled with magic, vegetation and fauna that seem to float in the Great Lake Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua). Then you will be taken to Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve, where you will discover natural beauty among the clouds. You can practice different activities on this volcano such as hiking, visiting a coffee farm or zip-lining in a canopy tour.
Estimated time: 4 hours 30 minutes.
After lunch, there are a number of different options for the rest of the day. The first one is to visit the handicraft market in the city of Masaya to buy souvenirs of our beloved Nicaragua and then look around the Santiago volcano, which is currently very active. From the top of the volcano it is possible to see the lava lake in the crater below, which is a spectacle that can only be viewed in two other places in the world. The other option is to remain in Granada, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and visit the Mombacho Cigar Factory.
Estimated time for both options: 3 hours 30 minutes.
At night you have a date at La Pólvora Fortress, one of the oldest and best preserved buildings in the city. Built in 1748, it is an important part of Granada’s colonial history, having been used to store gunpowder that was taken on to the fortress at El Castillo on the San Juan River, which was the main point of defense against pirates. During this time, we will also take the opportunity to register friends who arrived later and are joining the festival at this point.