Day two: Masaya volcano and Masaya

Trip Start Aug 07, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2010

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Flag of Nicaragua  , Granada,
Monday, December 21, 2009

Monday we had a leisurely start of 9am, and then headed up to the Masaya volcano. It was about a half hour drive north of Granada… in the rain. Yes, the rain had come but it wasn't too hard and in fact it died away about 10.30am.

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. We had a guided tour from a local scout to see the cells and tunnels; the scouts manage the fort, and they have regular camps there! No-one ever escaped and many died there. The fort closed in 1984 because it didn’t meet the standards!!

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!
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