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Tierra Day Tours: Granada

Granada, Nicaragua
About Tierra Day Tours: Granada
We are a Nicaraguan Tour Operator based in the heart of the colonial cities of Granada and Leon.We offer you a wide range of tours and services. Our staff are bilingual Nicaraguans who work with an eye for detail, giving you the attention and service you deserve. Tierra Tour is recognized internationally for its professionalism.We have a high knowledge of the country, flora/ fauna, culture and history.We attend to each customer personally,adapt and modify to any specific needs. We invite you to visit Nicaragua, land of lakes and volcanoes. Nicaragua is without a doubt an unforgettable experience.
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Justine_Sade wrote a review Jan 2019
Prague, Czech Republic223 contributions98 helpful votes
We've contacted Tierra Day Tours as we wanted a day tour of Leon and as well a transport from Leon to Granada with a stop at the Masaya Volcano in the night. The tour in Leon was 25$ per person, included the entrance fees (to the rooftop of the Cathedral and to the Museum of Legends on Traditions. Our guide was originally from Leon and he walked us nicely through the city for around 2 and a half hours. We started the tour with going to the mural painting done by the school kids that depicted the history of the indigenous tribes and Nicaragua so far. We then went by car to see a few churches which were unfortunately closed and ended up looking more the the walls with bullets in them than the architecture of the building itself. Then we went for more than an hour at the Museum of Legends and Traditions which used to be a jail for the revolutionaries. We ended up in the Cathedral being explained several important tombs and up to the rooftop to take a few lovely pictures. A nice tour but would have liked to see a bit more of the actual city and maybe less of the small jail which they transformed into a museum. Also did not really liked the fact that the guide and the driver stayed in the car while they explained the mural history for around 20-25 minutes. I understand it was hot outside but I would have rather walked by the wall as it was shade enough to sit and admire the paintings from upfront close. Felt a bit weird to move with the car as if we could not go out it was too dangerous it gave you that feeling. A decent tour like I said but can definitely be improved. The second tour we took was the Masaya volcano by night and drop off in Granada. The same driver we had in Leon took us back to Granada. We looked up online and the drive is for around 2 hours. The volcano for the night tour opens at around 5 so we kind of questioned when the driver insisted to pick us up from Leon at 2 but then we said OK they should know better as they are local. We explicitly told the driver we are not interested in seeing the volcano by day as we already have done that a few days before but somehow we did not understand us and before 4 we were already at the entrance of the gate for the volcano. We hired a driver to take us trough Nicaragua and we know the roads are not the safest (especially by night) so we were expecting our driver having to deal with foreigners to be more cautious. Not the case, he was speeding, overtaking when it was not very safe just to get to the volcano sooner. To be completely fair I though he believed if we have to wait more than an hour we will just give up and go to our hotel in Granada. Not our wish as we said ok and we waited in the car for the night entrance to open. I saw on his face he was not very happy about out chill decision, but then when you pay 89$ per person to see something then I will not hold back on my desire just because somebody is inpatient. We finally managed to see the volcano by night which I would recommend to anybody as one in a lifetime experience so definitely not to be missed. Our way back to Granada was in the same unsafe drive back. When we wanted to get in the hotel the driver came to me after I paid acting in a way as if I haven't given him the right amount of money, though he was the one who handed me the receipt in the morning from the agency. Was a very weird moment after the whole weird day to be fair. All in all a bit disappointed with the service they provided both in Leon (could do for a much more interesting city tour) and the area. To be fair not sure if I would recommend them to anyone visiting Nicaragua or I would tell to look the other way for a different tour operator.
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Date of experience: November 2018
Virtuousbread wrote a review Dec 2018
Mexico City, Mexico165 contributions67 helpful votes
Anthony, and the entire team at Tierra Tours was fantastic from our first contact when we were still in El Salvador, to when we left. They helped us organize crossing into Nicaragua from El Salvador, trips when we were in Leon and in Granada, transfers here and there. 100% punctual, reliable, and friendly. They were fantastic.
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Date of experience: December 2018
gethoen wrote a review Apr 2018
Los Altos, California3 contributions2 helpful votes
We booked a trip with Tierra tours last week to the Masaya volcano. We booked a night tour. The tour guide spoke English perfectly! On forehand it was very clear to us what the schedule would be. An hour drive, about an hour wait, max 15 minutes there because of the gases and then an hour back. It was definitely worth it! We thought it was an amazing experience!
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Date of experience: April 2018
Jea201 wrote a review Apr 2018
River Edge, New Jersey99 contributions29 helpful votes
Granada Tierra Tours I think our tour guides name was Lionel and he did a great job. Made sure we were the first group to see the volcano and knew his Nicaraguan history. He spoke english very well and made sure we were all taken care of.
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Date of experience: April 2018
2s0j0urn wrote a review Apr 2018
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions6 helpful votes
Lonely Planet recommends this tour operator which is why we stepped into their shop and booked a tour with them. However, we do not agree with LP in this instance and suggest the LP writers revisit Tierra Tours to update their rating. First, when booking the tour, the agent couldn't find on his desk the booking paperwork he needed! Second, we told him several times the name of the hotel at which we were staying and he wrote it down on the booking sheet but, at the time of pick-up, there was no Tierra driver at our hotel to collect us! We waited 20-minutes and then called and they said they were waiting for us to call and confirm the pick-up point (clearly, they'd either lost the paperwork or couldn't read the hotel name which was clearly written at the top of the booking sheet!) Our kayak tour was fine (also reviewed here) but, the same thing happened again after the tour, ie. the Tierra Tour driver failed to collect us! This time we were waiting, hot, wet, and and hungry for one hour before the driver finally showed! This is unacceptable. The tour operator had to do little in this instance except alert the kayak outfit and provide drivers. They made the call to the kayak agency but completely failed at their end to provide transportation in a timely manner. Very disappointed! Suggest booking through Leo tours instead.
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Date of experience: March 2018