Formerly called the gate of hell by the Spanish, the Masaya volcano It is a gigantic crater located a few kilometers south of Managua, the capital of Nicaragua. Masaya volcano is on the route that goes toPomegranate, one of the cities with Lion more colonial of Nicaragua. Halfway through this route, shortly before reaching the city of the same name, Masaya, the entrance to the national park appears, glimpsing in the background a huge volcano under a small cloud with sulfur remains.
Once you pay the entrance to the park you drive a path of ancient eruptions with huge volcanic rocks, where a few kilometers later you reach the volcano parking, a place where you perceive a unpleasant smell of sulfur. Next to the parking lot, in addition to the surveillance post and a bus stop, there are stairs that go up to see the bottom of the crater. In this viewpoint, with incredible views, the park guards advise not to be more than 15min, since you run the risk of getting intoxicated by the smoke that the volcano emits, and the truth, after 10 minutes you want to continue seeing the crater…
Just to the left of the main crater is another smaller one covered by vegetation, where it is possible to see the odd beauty, to say something, with a pair of claws and wings, called buzzards. From here it is possible to take a walk without hardly perceiving the smell of the neighboring crater, which comes in handy after a sulfur packing.
When to go?
Nicaragua is a tropical country with great differences depending on the region you are. The Pacific coast is dry and hot, the mountainous interior is humid and the Caribbean coast is extremely humid and hot. We were in August and the weather was amazing.
How to get?
You can opt for cheaper means, since we arrived with our rental car, but you can take a taxi for no more than $ 10 from Masaya or $ 16 from Pomegranate. There is also the possibility of taking a bus from Granada.
What to wear
Water and sun protection if you go in summer.
Where to sleep?
In Granada clearly, where you can find great diversity of hotels or hostels. There you can find a boutique hotel like La Islita, gorgeous. Anyway Here you can find more hotels.
For a trip like this it is best to take out insurance. Iati offers us a offer for followers Travel for free. Traveling does not exempt you from having an accident, needing a doctor, a transfer or medication. Do not play it. Check the travel insurance by clicking on the banner and you will have a 5% in your insurance for being a travel reader for free. If you want more information click here.