Given its rich indigenous heritage, the city of Masaya is known as the “cradle of national folklore”. It is also the site of the best handcraft market in the country. In this very well kept market, visitors can find a wide range of crafts made in the area: pottery, wood carvings, leather products, “primitivistic” art, embroideries and much more. Near Masaya, lays the small of town Catarina, part of a string of towns known as the “pueblos blancos”. Located at 520 meters above sea level, Catarina is renowned for its beautiful ornamental plants produced by the many nurseries in town. But Catarina’s claim to fame is its “mirador”, a sightseeing place that offers a spectacular view of the blue waters of Apoyo Lagoon, Mombacho, Granada, and Lake Nicaragua. If weather allows it, you may even catch a glimpse of Ometepe Island.
A few minutes’ drive from Catarina, lays another of the pueblos blancos. San Juan de Oriente is an old sleepy colonial village known for its world class pottery. Its cobblestone streets are lined up with many stores selling local pottery using indigenous and contemporary designs. Visitors can also visit local pottery kilns and watch potters mold and dry their pieces.
- Round trip transport Managua, Masaya, Catarina and San Juan de Oriente.
- Local Guide.
- Visit to Masaya’s artisan market.
- Visit to the Mirador de Catarina and San Juan de Oriente.
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