Markets and Volcanos.

Trip Start Feb 10, 2010
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

After getting off the ferry from the island we were pretty set on going to Granada. However waiting right by the ferry dock was a bus heading to Masaya a town further North of Granada and somewehere we wanted to go anyway. So we decided to be properly stingy and save on a cab ride to the bus station and just got on the bus going to Masaya!
We are loving all the bus journeys on the old American school buses and although in some countries and cities they are pretty dodgy in Nicaragua they are the only real alternative to the coaches which seem to storm from big town to big town. They are cheap and a great way to see how the locals travel. We`ve seen people with chickens (of course), loads of people with matresses and on the last bus ride we sat next to a sack full of bananas!! Makes us look strange travelling with backpacks!!

Masaya is a nice little market town and we both enjoyed wondering round the market. However the real reason we were in Masaya was to visit the nearby Masaya national park home to the most active volcano in Nicaragua.
We headed out to the park the day after arriving with our friend Avi (from the island) and managed to hitch a ride in the back of a pickup truck from the park entrance to the crater of the volcano! The carpark literally overlooks the steaming crater of the most active volcano in the country!!! They`re harcore in Nicaragua!
On arriving to the top we were given gasmasks (!) as the fumes from the volcano really start to burn the back of your throat after a while. We then walked up round the crater to a cross which is a replica of one put there by a Spanish who thought it was the gateway to hell!! Next we headed over to the crater `next door!` which provided awesome views over the surrounding countryside and lakes. A truly amazing experience and definitely one that could probably only be repeated in a few crazy places in the world.

2 volcanoes in one week and we still have one more to go!!!
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