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Masaya Crafts Market, Masaya

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Get your souvenir shopping fix as you meander through Masaya Crafts Market, a colorful tourist spot with an array of handicrafts. Set around the 19th-century Spanish stone fortress of the “mercado viejo,” the renovated market showcases a wide selection of Nicaraguan crafts, from hammocks to leather crafts, woven accessories, and handmade jewelry. Weave your way through the bustling stalls, many of which sell similar items. Haggle the perfect price for the gift that has caught your eye. Add Masaya Crafts Market and other attractions to your Masaya trip itinerary using our Masaya family vacation planner.
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  • There are so many vendors that you have so much to choose from. It is almost overwhelming. I was lucky to have my husband to keep me reigned in (haha). I was impressed with all the wood bowls and item...  more »
  • This market is a good place to stop after visiting the Masaya Volcano. There is a huge selection of jewelry, leather goods, colorful fabrics, even hammocks. If you want a one stop shop to buy your sou...  more »
  • I won't go back here and I've been to Nica 12 or more times. This is a huge racket of scammers and pressure artists and con artists. I was forced to pay more to the "guides" and the places they forced...  more »
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  • Fun market to practice haggling at. If you don't have, you're wasting your money! Splayed cash is a big tool. Know how much you want to pay before hand and have it ready. The clay animals can be purchased cheaply by listing the price of competitors. Don't buy a hammock, you can get one in the streets for less than $5, if you pay more...just don't. WARNING: Some boys sell little origami animals made from leaves. They tell you it's free, and then say "$1!" if you take it. Kind of a messed up guilt trip. Still a cute market! Beware of possible pick-poketers. Never let anyone see how much money you have in total.
  • Artisanal craft market selling a myriad of items. Designed to sell to tourists. Offers food stalls as well as crafts such as wood carvings, hand made hammocks and blankets, tourist style t-shirts and bags, shoes, as well as signature Nicaraguan cigars and rum.
  • Interesting variety of items, just be careful not to pay the tourist price. Negotiate!
  • There are alot of great things here!
  • Expensive but nice. Lots of options