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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  • August 13, 2017
    You can find anything the Nicarguan crafts people make. Very nice! You have to bargain!!! Cheaper than buying on more touristy places.  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    We had heard of this craft market in our guide and had planned to buy most of our memories at this place. After having toured extensively and across, a little disgusted by the quantities of products manufactured to the Nicaragua and very expensive, we left without having anything buy! This is still useful to have an overview of what is happening in Costa Rica. But don't expect nothing more, really.
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  • August 9, 2017
    The market in Masaya does not sell any local produce. They sell generic junk all made in China. You can buy the same things in markets like this all over the world. The vendors do not have a clue abou...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    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.
  • February 20, 2017
    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.
  • March 20, 2017
    Interesting variety of items, just be careful not to pay the tourist price. Negotiate!
  • January 24, 2017
    There are alot of great things here!
  • March 7, 2017
    Expensive but nice. Lots of options

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