Masaya and Los Pueblos
On your way from Managua to Masaya you just have to make a little detour to se the volcano in the national park “Volcán Masaya”. It is possible to drive with the car all the way to the crater. There you can see the smoke puffing away with a hissing. With a little bit of luck you can see the red magma. Together with a local guide you can go down in one of the natural tunnels in the volcano.
Masaya is known for its handicraft with hammocks, embroidered blouses, leather, woodcarvings and furniture. You will get the best price at the local market; it is big, noisy, with narrow paths and definitely worthy of a visit. There is a market for handicraft in the center of the city; it is more elegant but not that exiting.
South of Masaya there is a row of villages often called “Los Pueblos”, each of them with its specialty in handicraft and folklore. In San Juan de Oriente most inhabitants are occupied making and selling ceramics. Both quality and design is of very high class. In Nicaragua it is unusual to see a group of sofa and armchairs; but there are lots of rocking chairs of all kinds. The craftsmen in this area manufacture many of them.