Volcano Masaya

The volcanoes have erupted several times in the past and was feared by both the indigenous people and the Spanish conquerors.

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The Spanish named the volcano “La Boca del Infierno” and planted the cross “La Cruz de Bobadilla”, named after Father Francisco Bobadilla, in the 16th century in order to exorcise the devil.

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Visitors can peek over the edge of the Masaya Volcano and look at the impressive crater which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases (making it hard to see very far into the crater)

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The eruptions have had an effect on the surroundings. Rocks and volcanic ashes still cover the area surrounding the volcanoes. The nature is rough but peaceful.

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Although we were unable to take advantage, there are several trails that lead to other great views, other craters or to the Tzinaconostoc Cave which houses hundreds of bats. These trails are between 1.4 and 5 kilometers and are guided with prices between $.50 and almost $1.  The entrance price to the park is just over $3.50.

It is an attraction that we truly enjoyed and were amazed at how close you can get to the crater.

Here is a video with Joe describing the Volcano Masaya:

 

About xcpgator

I am lucky enough to be a mother of two wonderful children, a teacher to hundreds of talented students and a coach. There is nothing like traveling to an amazing place and watching hearts open to new experiences and people. This is why I am so passionate about our trip to Nicaragua with Me to We. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures!
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