Masaya Volcano

Trip Start Dec 31, 2010
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masaya_Volcano


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VaChWgbn18Y

Click on above link to Youtube clip of this volcano erupting in June of 2008 !

Yesterday morning we went to Masaya National Park to have one last look at this spectacular volcano! It is one of those things you would never be allowed to do back home due to the fact it is an ACTIVE volcano.It's just one more reason to visit Nicaragua, because there are approximately 14 volcanoes in the country, and many are active.

 

When you first arrive at the Masaya National Park you should go through the Tourist Center. Somehow I missed it last year, but we did spend quite a bit of time there this trip.It is full of displays, including a model of all the volcanoes in Nicaragua, with a detailed explanation of each one.There are also display cases with many species of butterflies and bugs . Some of the biggest beetles are here in Nicaragua!







 
 



 

This is an interesting world map that highlights the worlds active volcanoes, and the tectonic plates.I don't think my camera quite captured the detail, however in person there were red blinking lights on all the active volcanoes.



 

These are some of the indigenous animals that still live in the park.There are also a few different kinds of skunks, raccoons, snakes and lots of iguanas.



After touring the center we drove up the volcano to the main crater which is called Santiago. This is still very active, and is a must see if you travel to Nicaragua.

 

This is a picture looking down into the crater. You just walk right up to the edge and lean over! Don't lean too far though, because there are no fences or barriers. "Every man for himself",and "You are on your own buddy"!! Seriously, it is well worth the $ 4.00 park entrance fee to see this magnificent active volcano. 


 

There is a long staircase which takes you from the main parking lot, way up above the crater. I was the only one in the group today to negotiate the many stairs to the top, however it was so worth it!! The views up there were unbelievable!!

 

You really get an idea of the enormous size of this crater from above.


 


The higher up I climbed, the better the view got...................




 






  


After climbing for a while, stopped to take this shot off to the right of Nindiri crater...........



 

There were signs of more volcanic activity from thousands of years ago. Huge fields of lava all down the sides.Lava flows permanently etched in the landscape.........facinating!!  



 

You can see for miles up here. There is Granada and Managua off in the distance







Starting to make my decent down the staircase.........  


 


I had to take my own photo when I got to the top.nobody else was up there today.


 




 

More scenic views.......





 

 

After we left the park we went to the main market in Masaya.This is where many of the local artisans set up their booths and sell everything from all over Nicaragua.The market is inside an old fort,and it takes up an entire city block! Last year I got lost inside the market, and Ross had to send out a search party to locate me!


 





 


Our last stop was at San Juan de Oriente, but before we got there we passed through a quaint little town called Caterina.This place has dozens of garden center's, and furniture builders.I saw this "life size", and" anatomically correct" stone or clay ? statue at one of the garden centers.
Oh my!! 
 



 


San Juan de Oriente has some of the finest pottery in all of Nicaragua.One gallery we visited today exports these works of art to upscale art dealer's in the US.This visit I was able to spend a lot of time perusing the different artist's workshops, and picked up a couple exquisite pieces!http://chakamarketbridge.com/category-goods

The above link is really worth a look at if you are interested in seeing some outstanding Nicaraguan pottery. This company truly honors the artisans and is all about giving back.
I had the pleasure of meeting 2 of the owners of Chaka Bridge,and wish them good luck
with their new business.

 




 


After an absolutely wonderful day shopping and sightseeing we returned home to SJdS just as the sun was setting.Then after a few cocktails, a toast to the sunset, and off to Mauricio's for some of the best Italian food in Central America!!
 
 





 


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Comments

Marla on

Sounds like you had another really fun day in Paradiso Deed, but what ever happened to volcano surfing? Or did you do that already and I forgot? When did any of these volcanos last erupt in a MAJOR way (a la Mt St Helen's) ??? And lastly but not leastly, are you gonna bring me a piece of that 'exquisite' pottery you picked up in the local market place??? Hint hint!! :)

John on

Sounds wonderful, My next trip I will include it. I will miss your blog when you leave. What will I do for my Nicaragua fix?

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deedledee on

Yes it was another fabulous day!! No volcano surfing though.When I heard there were many "stinging insects" at the top of Cerro Negro, I opted out! A couple of my friends did it and said it was awesome!!
John, I will also miss doing my blog from Nicaragua, but will be back here next year and I'm sure I will do it again!!

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