Flying through Mombacho

Trip Start Aug 03, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Our first canopy tour!! We were not exactly sure what that meant prior to arriving in Central America, but basically a canopy tour involves flying through lush mountain terrain (oftentimes the terrain on a volcano) via ziplines. We chose the Volcan Mombacho, a volcano with much  biodiversity: vegetation, coffee plants, wildlife, and towards the upper portion of the volcano, a cloudforest (a rainforest that is very wet and dense). Mombacho sits right next to the town of Granada and last erupted in 1570, destroying an indigenous village of 400 people and sending volcanic rock into Lake Nicaragua to form 365 little islands (now known as Las Isletas). Once again, we were the only tourists on this tour, so the guides seemed anxious to join us and gave us a lot of attention. They seem to get a kick out of the fact that we were having so much fun. One of the guides took our camera and did all the picture and video taking...he was a pro! I (tristen) was a bit nervous not knowing if the heights would rattle me, but after the first ride (there were about 10) I was not nervous at all and we loved it! The tour offered beautiful scenery and an adrenaline rush at the same time which is a nice change from just hiking, which is the more frequent way to explore volcanoes while traveling. With the help of the guides, we even got to ride like superheros and upside down (see the videos)!
There are canopy tours in other parts of Nicaragua and definitely Costa Rica. We may have to do it again...
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