Trip Start Feb 06, 2008
12Trip End Feb 19, 2008
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There are actually two volcanos there, Masaya and Nindirí, and five craters. We hiked up to some of the higher viewpoints to see down into the lake (created in one of the craters) and of the surrounding terrain.
We'd planned on going on a boat ride out of Granada to Las Isletas (a large group of small islands off the shore of Granada) but hadn't made any arrangements. When we were standing by the crater at Masaya we started talking to a guide who was leading a small group of 10. He said he does a lot of independent jobs too and, after agreeing on a rate, he was to pick us up the next afternoon at our hotel for a private tour of Las Isletas.
We stopped at the museum at the visitor center halfway down the mountain before flagging down another collectivo back to Granada.
Shortly after returning to our hotel we heard music and canon booms from outside. Going out to the street we found a parade had just passed on the street in front of our hotel. We caught up with it down the street and,
This was also Valentines Day and all of the restaurants were packed for hours at dinner time. We ended up eating at a horrible Italian restaurant up the street from the hotel.