Masaya is a city in Nicaragua
From the airport in Managua (MGA IATA) you can take a taxi cab that could charge you US$20-30. Also, many cities in Nicaragua have buses that take you directly to Masaya. There are also public minivans known as microbuses that will take you from Managua (UCA terminal) to Masaya for a bit less than US$1. There are also slower standard (read: old American Bluebird) buses going to and from Masaya at a slightly lower price.
Most buses arrive to the huge and disorderly "bus station" at the edge of Masaya's new market 1 . Google Maps also show the existence of a separate terminal, a few blocks to the west, for buses running between Masaya and UCA (Universidad Centroamericana, in Managua).
The parts of town that are interesting for tourists are mostly walkable. taxis can get you to the malecon and anywhere else you might want to go to.
- El Coyotepe is an old fortress that dates back to the 19th century, an awesome panoramic view of the City of Masaya and its surroundings can be taken from this fortress. US$2 admission, plus a tip to a volunteer guide who'll show you the dungeons.
- El Malecón is open area where you can get an awesome view of the Masaya Volcano and the Masaya Lagoon.
- El Mercado Viejo is market that resembles a castle, it was built at the ends of the 19th century. It is one of the most visited touristic places in Masaya. There you can buy any kind of handicraft made in the country.
- Museo de Heróes y Mártires is a museum located inside of the Alcaldía de Masaya (Town Hall). This is a museum dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of Nicararaguan Revolution in 1979.
- 7 Esquinas is a place where 7 corners converge, very particular and unique in Masaya.
- La plazita de Monimbó is a located in the indigenous neighborhood of Monimbo. After 5PM different kinds of typical food can be bought at this plaza for very cheap prices.
- Volcan Masaya
Also, Masaya has several churches built in the colonial period and in the 19th century. Someof the churches are: Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, San Jeronimo, San Juan, San Miguel, etc.
Masaya is famous for a really big mercado that has great smells and everything in abundance.
The Mercado de Artesanias can fulfill almost all of you handicraft needs.
Masaya is famous for hammocks the street connecting the city center to the malecon is lined with places where you can get one. A decent hammock can be had for under US$20.
Fresh produce in abundance, as well as bread, sweets, etc, can be found in Masaya's new market, on the city's west side. There are also several Palí supermarkets around the city, including one in the city's central square.
- There's a variety of food stands on the plaza central
- La Posada de Don Eduardo (From the Managua Granada highway, one block North at Monumento San Jerónimo). One of the cheapest options in town. Basic but clean rooms. double C$300 (córdobas), five bed room C$400.