Valle Escondido is an 90 acre development located 4 miles from Granada's historic district. That's 10 minutes drive in a car, or a tax for about $2.50 dollars. While it is nice to see Granada itself and check out the city, there is actually much more to do outside of the city. Check out No Rush Tours or Va Pues Tours to get an idea of the many things to do. Valle Escondido is midway between the Volcano Mombacho National Park and the city. It overlooks Lake Nicaragua, 2nd largest lake in Latin America.
You can take a boat anytime and tour some of the 365 islands that surround the city's shores, many of which of course have mansions built on them but one still has only monkeys. The canopy tour down the side of a volcano sounds exciting and it is. The crater lake at Laguna de Apoyo is worth an entire afternoon of swimming and relaxing. You can also horse back ride from a nearby village to the ridge of the crater, have some lunch and return. See a craft market and spend a half day there, the best I have ever seen in the world, including China!
If you've heard Nicaragua is dangerous it was probably someone who has never been to Nicaragua. I've lived her here 9 years and someone hurt my feelings once. I got over it.
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