Another adventure that is crazy here in Nicaragua. Our visit to the crater of the active volcano Masaya! Yes, it is an active volcano!
Before visiting the volcano Masaya we found a cheap Hostel at Laguna de Apoyo, a crater lake.
The water in the lagoon is a massive mineral infused-pool, which makes it perfect for water activities. The temperature of the water is about 25 Celsius. Also the water is clean enough to go for a swim, which is not the case for all lakes in Nicaragua. Take Lago de Managua (Lake Xolotlán) is one of the most polluted bodies of water in Central America. Lago de Managua is only 2-3 hours from Laguna de Apoyo.
Laguna de Apoyo is surrounded by dry tropical rainforest so the climate is hot (about 30-35 Celsius) and humid. We´enjoy the climate here and went kayaking on the lake. Our hostel was only 50-100 meters from the shore, and had free kayaks.
Another motorcycle rider, Marcel from Germany, who started his trip to South America in Guatemala, joined us on the water together with a backpacker girl. Together we had a lot of fun on the water for a couple of hours. Esben also learned, that the sun is really strong, even when it is over casted. He looked like this – not in the head but on his upper body.
We will probably meet up with Marcel again in Columbia, because he is traveling like we do. We made a deal with Marcel, that when we get our new tent, he can have our replacement tent from Nemo Equipment. Back at the hostel we relaxed on the patio with the dog while looking after monkeys in the trees.
We went for the night/evening tour at volcano Masaya and were driving up to the crater when the sun was setting.
When you get to the crater all vehicles have to be parked with the front away from the volcano because of the risk of an eruption. In 2001 an eruption hurled heated rocks 500 meters into the air damaging cars and narrowing missing people. The volcano is closely monitored, and the area will be closed of, if the volcano shows dangerous activity.
And if you want to have a closer look, you can tip the guides to get behind the fence (1 USD per person), which was totally worth it. When we got closer to the edge of the crater we could see lava.
The visit to the volcano Masaya was even better than I had imagined. It is crazy and magnificent to be so close to the power of nature. So far we have had enough volcano adventures, so instead of visiting Isla Ometepec, which is a volcanic island created by the two twin volcanoes, Volcán Maderas and Volcán Concepción, we decided to drive to Rio San Juan in east Nicaragua.