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.
Inside the old town
- 1 El Malecón. An open area with an awesome view of the Masaya Volcano and the Masaya Lagoon.
- 2 El Mercado Viejo (Craft Market). 09:00-17:00 daily. The 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. Also on site is a folklore museum, displaying the area's customary dress and ways of life.
- Museo de Heróes y Mártires (Heroes and Martyrs museum) (inside the Alcaldía de Masaya (Town Hall)). A museum dedicated to the heroes and martyrs of Nicararaguan Revolution in 1979.
- 3 7 Esquinas Masaya. Geographic oddity where 7 streets converge.
- 4 Masaya Central Park (on the same grounds as the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción).
Other churches from the 19th century's colonial period include San Jerónimo, San Juan and San Miguel.
Outside the old town
- 5 El Coyotepe. An old fortress that dates back to the 19th century, with an awesome panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. US$2 admission, plus a tip to a volunteer guide who'll show you the dungeons.
- 6 Volcan Masaya.
- Volcan Masaya (Carretera Masaya-Managua). Masaya volcano is the mouth of Hell. one of the very few lava lake in the world, and this one is accesible without any effort. take a taxi or a tour. It is even more beautiful at night. Depending on the activity of the volcano it is possible to walk around the various crater or explore some caves during day time. There is also a nice museum. 4$ day entrance, 10$ night entrance.
- Mercado de artesania. the nicest handcraft market of the country, full of colours. There is a smoothie bar inside with a large variety of combination.
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.
- 1 La Placita (Placita Monimbó) (in the indigenous neighborhood of Monimbó). Daily, after 17:00. This plaza features different kinds of typical food, for very cheap prices.
- 1 Hostal Casa San Miguel, ☏ . Here you can enjoy a nice complimentary breakfast and garden when you're not asleep.