Day two: Masaya volcano and Masaya
Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
81Trip End Jul 14, 2010
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We drove up to the crater rim, and when we got there, the cloud was low and it was difficult to make out the crater at all, but it did partly clear and we could see the steep walls and the plume of smoke coming up from the crater floor. It was actually very atmospheric! Take a look at the pics.
Afterwards, we drove back to the visitors centre to take a look at the plate tectonics, and followed this by a visit to a fort. This fort was built in 1892 to house political prisoners and prisoners of war. Each cell was small and held 15-20 prisoners, none of whom were allowed out at all
Lastly, we went to Masaya itself to have lunch and visit the local handicraft market. Many of the things there came from Guatemala, and I did take a look at the hammocks (I was seriously considering sending one back home) but I didn’t think that they would last long, as the ends were not very robust. One less thing to have!
Back in Granada, we had a stroll around the city and found a nice café to enjoy a drink and cake (ok it was tiramisu, but it was an Italian restaurant!). Very nice though.
Nicaragua is much richer and has more varied cuisine than Honduras. George, the guide, told me that the Atlantic coast is much poorer though and we’ll see a real difference there. Day three, we head for Omneteppe… more volcanoes to come!