Granada & Masaya Nicaragua - Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

The Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, also called Granada Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Catholic Church in Granada, Nicaragua

The Church of San Jeronimo (St. Jerome)

This church houses the miraculous image of the patron saint of Masaya. Its architecture is simple yet elegant, with one tower on the façade and an apse topped with a dome. The church was damaged in the earthquake that shook the city in mid-2000, but has been completely restored.

Granada & Masaya Nicaragua - Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

Volcano Masaya National Park, Nicaragua, Central America

Masaya Volcano National Park

This is a double volcano – Masaya and Nindiri – which offers five volcanic cones. It is one of the main volcanic attractions for visitors to Central America. The park’s primary feature is the Santiago Crater, which is open at the summit alongside the Plaza de Oviedo. Although the crater formed in the middle of the nineteenth century, the volcano has been continuously active since the time of the Spanish conquest, emitting lava and sulphuric gases.
The paved road that winds through the park passes solidified lava boulders and lush patches of tropical forest on its way to the Santiago Crater. This volcano is 635 meters (2,083 feet) high and 570 meters (1,870 feet) across at its widest point. On the road to the top, you will also find an Environmental Interpretation Center with exhibits and a souvenir shop, where you may request a guided tour around the trails that traverse the park. Four hundred meters (1,312 feet) down into the crater is an internal pit that constantly emits sulphuric gases and acid, which are swept away toward the Pacific by the winds. The walls of the crater provide a fascinating look at the nests of birds that have adapted to life in the midst of the gases emitted by the volcano.

Granada & Masaya Nicaragua - Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

Lake Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

Apoyo Crater Lake

Visible from the Catarina Overlook, this lake occupies the bottom of a giant crater measuring six kilometers (3.7 miles) across, opened by a catastrophic eruption 21,000 years ago. Its depth is estimated at greater than 250 meters (820 feet). The waters are somewhat salty, which explains the crater lake’s indigenous name of “atl-poyec”.

Bobadilla’s Cross

On the peak of the hill next to the crater of the Masaya Volcano is a cross, in the same spot where a similar cross was raised in 1528 by the zealous Mercedarian friar, Francisco de Bobadilla, in order to exorcise the devil. Bobadilla baptized the volcano with the name “The Mouth of Hell”.

Granada & Masaya Nicaragua - Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

Granada – the colonial oldest Spanish city in Nicaragua has trim churches, the fine palm-covered plaza, and the colorful architecture. The picture present Church of San Francisco

Church of San Francisco in Granada

The church is among the first built by the Spanish conquerors in continental America, when the city of Granada was founded in 1524. Friar Bartolome de las Casas preached from its pulpit, interceding for the indigenous people.

Mombacho Volcano

On its summit, and between 850 and 1,400 meters (2,789 and 4,593 feet), is one of the few cool humid forests of the Pacific region. It is known for its misty dwarf forest, its impressive orchids, bromeliads and ferns, and a great variety of birds and butterflies.

Granada & Masaya Nicaragua - Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

It is a small country in Central America, to the East by the Caribbean sea, and on the West by the Pacific ocean. Throughout the country there are several active and many extinct volcanoes .

Isletas de Granada

Visit the shores of Lake Nicaragua and take a boat ride from La Cabaña Amarilla or from Port Asese, for an incredible ecological voyage among 350 small islands, borne of an ancient and violent explosion of Mombacho Volcano.

On the Isleta La Ceiba, visit the hotel of the same name, where you may enjoy aquatic and fishing activities and spend the night under a sky inundated with stars.

Take photographs of the San Pablo Fort. To the south is Zapatera Island, famous for its many pre-Columbian petroglyphs, which are well worth viewing.