A car is not necessary in the city but definitely worthwhile if you want to explore the surrounding area. Budget (tel. 505/2278-9504; www.budget.com.ni) has an office at Km 28 Carretera Masaya, Managua. Hotel Ivania's is the only place in town that rents cars. Alternatively, you might hire a taxi for the day so you can sit back, relax, and not get lost. A car and driver for the day in this area should cost approximately C1,500.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.