Water and Lava Colour Granada
Granada is the most beautiful colonial city in Central America, surpassing Antigua. Beautiful large doors and stunning courtyards seem to dress every building including hostels and restaurants. Wander the streets and visit the church bell towers for a roof top view of the town.
Mombacho volcano dominates Granada’s skyline and tours are offered to its peak and cloud forest. Evening tours can also be taken to Masaya Volcano, which has lava and gas visible in its Santiago crater. The tour includes visiting the Masaya markets and tunnels created by lava that are now home to bats. US$25.
Laguna de Apoyo
Just a short drive from Granada is the beautiful volcano crater lake of Laguna de Apoyo. Several hostels and hotels line the lake offering a great place to relax, stunning scenery and kayaking. It is worth staying a night at Hostel Paradiso which has free kayak use and a cool lakeside bar.
Granada Hostels: Backpackers Inn is the most stunning hostel I have stayed at. Set within two Spanish courtyards and with high roofed spacious rooms, great communal areas, gardens and a pool, this is a pretty hostel to stay at. Staff are not overly friendly and at US$15 without breakfast, it is the most expensive hostel in town.
Oasis Hostel offers a cheaper but more crowded hostel stay. It has a pool, small courtyard and included a pancake breakfast. Dorms US$9.
Guitars in Masaya
If you are missing playing the guitar, two good quality guitar makers are located in Masaya just a short bus ride from guitar. They have an excellent collection of guitars and ukuleles starting from US$100. Zepeda Guitars and Pilarte Guitars are located next to each other, a short walk from the main road where regular buses run from Granada.