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  • Address: Managua, Nicaragua
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Mombacho Volcano Tours

With an Aztec name that translates to “Steep Mountain,” the Mombacho volcano certainly lives up to its name. Its 4,410-foot (1,344-meter) peak towers over Nicaragua’s colonial city of Granada, creating both a beautiful backdrop and a huge backyard ripe for adventure and exploration.

The Basics
The summit of Mombacho is reachable by road, but the most rewarding way to explore the volcano is on foot: pass through sprawling coffee plantations, fields of wild orchids, and unspoiled cloud forest dotted with natural hot springs and hissing fumaroles. A number of hiking trails run up to the summit and through the surrounding Mombacho Cloud Forest Reserve, which is home to an impressive 800 plant species and 171 animal and bird species, including quetzals, hummingbirds, howler monkeys, and unique indigenous critters such as the Mombacho butterfly and Mombacho salamander. You can also access the summit on one of four daily truck rides.

Most Mombacho hikes require a guide, which you can book in advance or at the entrance to the mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve. Canopy zipline tours are also popular, especially among families, with various routes encompassing lofty platforms and hanging bridges. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Mombacho volcano is a must-do for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Lodges and campsites are available; book ahead.
  • El Cráter is the most kid-friendly and well-marked trail.
  • Take your own truck to the summit only if it is equipped with 4WD and you have experience driving on steep inclines and unpaved roads.

How to Get There
Mombacho is located in the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve, six miles (10 kilometers) south of Granada. Catch any public bus from the cemetery and ask the driver to drop you off at Mombacho, and then grab a tuk-tuk for the short ride to the entrance. If taking your own vehicle, follow signs for the reserve along the Granada-Nandaime highway. A third but more expensive option is to take a taxi from Granada straight to the entrance.

When to Get There
The Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve is open from 8am to 5pm Friday through Sunday or by reservation. Go early in the morning for minimal crowds and maximum time to hang out; the last truck to the summit goes up at 1pm and comes down at 4pm. If visiting from Managua or Masaya, be sure to leave early to get a head start on traffic.

Mombacho’s Last Eruption
The Mombacho volcano’s last eruption, more than 3,000 years ago, was responsible for creating the many islands of Lake Nicaragua. Today, the now-dormant Mombacho offers spectacular views over the glittering lake and Las Isletas below.

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Mombacho Natural Reserve Tour from Granada

The Mombacho Natural Reserve is one of the two remaining humid cloud forests in the Pacific region of Nicaragua. The reserve is home to the 1,345 meter dormant ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

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Mombacho Volcano Zipline Canopy Tour, Managua, Eco Tours
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Mombacho Volcano Zipline Canopy Tour

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Try ziplining on a volcano covered in cloud forest on this 5-hour adventure. Travel from Managua to the majestic, 4,410-foot-tall (1,344-meter) Mombacho ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Mombacho Volcano Hike and Zipline adventure from Managua, Managua, Ziplines
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Mombacho Volcano Hike and Zipline adventure from Managua

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Visit the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve on this day trip from Managua. Mombacho is near the city of Granada and is 1344 meters high. The Mombacho ...  Read more

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Mombacho Volcano Hike and Ziplining Adventure from San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur, Hiking & ... 
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Mombacho Volcano Hike and Ziplining Adventure from San Juan del Sur

Visit the Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve on this day trip from San Juan del Sur. Mombacho is near the city of Granada and is 1344 meters high. The Mombacho ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Mombacho Volcano Adventure, Managua, Hiking & Camping
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Mombacho Volcano Adventure

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Adventure yourself into the cloud forests of Mombacho Volcano in a 2-hour hike around the inactive crater or zip lining over coffee plantations. First option ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: Flexible

From USD $64.00
Mombacho Volcano Trails and Zip line - Amazing natural landscapes, Granada, Day Trips
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Mombacho Volcano Trails and Zip line - Amazing natural landscapes

The Mombacho Volcano has four craters. All of the craters are covered with cloud forest. This type of forest is only found on one other spot in the Pacific, ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: 1.5 to 4 hrs

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Multi-day tour Granada Escape - 2 nights, La Fortuna, Ziplines
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Multi-day tour Granada Escape - 2 nights

Costa Rica to Nicaragua multi-day tour, travel with us from La Fortuna (Costa Rica) to Granada (Nicaragua). Discover colonial Granada and its surroundings. ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve Adventure with Ziplining and ATV Activities, Managua, Multi-day ... 
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Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve Adventure with Ziplining and ATV Activities

Start with the canopy an activity full of adrenaline in the forests of the Mombacho Volcano across 15 platforms of wood and fiberglass, 6 canopys a Superman, ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

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3-Hour Walking Tour of Granada, Granada, Day Trips
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3-Hour Walking Tour of Granada

Explore the city of Granada on this 3-hour walking tour. Relax on a horse drawn carriage through the city before continuing on foot. Visit an art gallery, the ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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4-Hour Tour of Granada by Bike, Granada, Walking Tours
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4-Hour Tour of Granada by Bike

During this tour you will enjoy a panoramic view of Mombacho Volcano, pass by the house of native families living in the islands and observe a variety of flora ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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