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Volcano Tours in Nicaragua

Published on June 9, 2015 under Central America
Volcano Tours in Nicaragua

Touring Nicaragua’s volcanoes is to adventure into a land of impressive National Parks and protected areas enclosing exciting active, dormant and extinct volcanoes. Twenty five exciting volcanoes line the fertile lowlands of the pacific region in various destinations including Leon, Granada, Masaya, Managua, Chinandega, Ometepe Island.

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Nicaraguan volcanoes possess incomparable beauty and wonderful natural resources where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy astonishing craters, outstanding large calderas, magnificent crater lakes, splendid views, etc.  As well Nicaraguan volcanoes offer incredible opportunities to explore its fascinating tropical ecosystems, where different species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals inhabit. The top of these fascinating volcanoes can be reached by walking and some by car.

A land full of amazing volcanoes tour and friendly people is definitely a good excuse for planning your next trip to this new destination. We will offer you the greatest opportunity to experience some of the most extraordinary volcanoes in Latin America.

Masaya volcano National Park covers an area of 54 square kilometers. It has two volcanoes and five craters, these volcanoes have erupted in the past and the native people and Spanish conquerors were afraid of them. The active volcano was baptized by the Spanish people as the mouth of hell or La Boca del Infierno and a cross was planted in the lip of the crater.

The volcano eruptions had great impact on its surroundings and caused a lot of rocks and ashes to cover the area. It is peaceful in nature but very rough characterized by diverse vegetation that grew after the eruptions. This park is a habitat for many animals which include; skunks, raccoons, coyotes, opossums, deer, iguanas and monkeys.

Through on the edge of Masaya Volcano, visitors can peek to see the attractive crater which continually emits smoke and sulfur gases. Hiking is possible when done from the central crater to other viewpoints or craters. To get a great view of the smoking volcano and the glorious surroundings, you have to trek a little bit up the volcano. At the middle of the volcano, there is a center for visitor that is well equipped to provide more information about volcanoes in Nicaragua. Visitors also get a chance to learn more on the diverse vegetation in the area.

A nocturnal tour is another special activity that is done by the Masaya Volcano National park everyday from 5.00 p.m. to around 8.00 p.m. This tour gives a view of La Cruz de Bobadilla and the surroundings of the park. Visitors are able to observe the green parakeets that come back to the volcano to roost. It’s amazing how these birds are able to adapt to the sulfur smoke from the volcano and live within the crater. During the day, these birds head out to search for food and come back to their nests in the evening. During the tour, it’s possible to spot these birds as they return to the volcano but this is not a guarantee.

Another great attraction is watching a large number of bats depart in great masses from their caves. Bats are funny because daytime they can be seen in their caves but leaves at night. Another great place to visit is the underground tunnel that was formed by streams of lava. Visitors wear helmets and use flashlights to enter this tunnel and a view of unique rock formations. The volcano tour ends with a visit to a viewpoint that enables them to see inside the mouth of the crater and enjoy seeing the red and glowing lava. This opening in the crater was formed recently in the crater only visible at night because the red lava brings light to the surroundings. Visitors are required to carry their own water and heavy solid clothing while the park provides masks and flash lights.

ORO Travel’s professional travel planning team can also organize or adapt any type of volcano request to guarantee a memorable trip. Please contact us to plan your customized volcano tour.

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