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Introduction

Masaya is a city in Nicaragua.

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Sights and Activities

  • 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.

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Events and Festivals

Fiesta del Toro Venado

This festival typically falls in the last Sunday of October, in the region of Masaya (close to Managua and Granada). It is a Nicaraguan dance festival that begins at noon, and ends at sunset, and is based on superstitions similar to Halloween. People create and wear masks for the processions.

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Getting There

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. 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).

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Getting Around

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.

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Eat

There's a variety of food stands on the plaza central.

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Sleep

  • 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.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes can be found in most larger cities and popular areas, but even in smaller towns you will usually be able to connect somewhere.
Wifi is generally free at most hotels, with the notable exception of larger chain hotels, which generally charge between US$3 and US$8 per day.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The international phone code of Nicaragua is 505. The general emergency number is 911, though you can contact police (118), fire (115) and ambulance (128) separately if you want.

Nicaragua's cell phone system utilizes GSM 1900 technology. So, if you have a GSM phone that supports the 1900 band you can either use your phone as is at international rates or if your cell phone is unlocked , you can purchase a SIM card for your phone and you will have a local cell number and be charged local cell rates. Both Claro and Movistar provide cell phone service in the country. Claro is run by the old national phone company (ENITEL) that has now been privatized.

Another option is to buy a cell phone locally. Disposable cell phones are quite inexpensive, usually costing about US$20.

You can also purchase local prepaid phone cards that can be used at pay phone across the country. The different pay phone systems each have their own phone cards, so pay attention to which type you purchase.

Post

Correos de Nicaragua provides postal services. It's fairly cheap but not extremely reliable or fast. Post offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 6:00 pm and Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm. Airmail postage for a standaard letter or postcard from Nicaragua to North America is US0.60 and US$1 to Europe. Mail takes on average between 7 and 10 days to get to the U.S. and Europe. Though it's fine for sending a postcard, you'd better use companies like TNT, DHL, UPS or FedEx to send parcels internationally.

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