A Visit to Mombacho Volcano

Mombacho
Mombacho from the lake

Yesterday we went for a visit to Mombacho Volcano, a close drive from Granada and a beautiful protected Nicaraguan park.

We booked a tour for $35 through Tierra Tours. After a little research, $35 seemed standard unless you book through our hotel which charges $50. We went with the standard price 🙂 The Tierra Tours van picked us up at around 9:30am and we were off. There was already a man from Belgium in the car, and then we picked up a couple from Toronto (actual Toronto, not people from hours away telling people they live in Toronto) and we headed for my first volcano of the trip!

Mombacho is a “dormant” or sleeping volcano. It hasn’t erupted since the 1500s but it is definitely alive. We saw steam coming from the earth and smelled sulfur more than once, especially near the crater. It is closely monitored for activity.

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Things to Do in San Juan del Sur: Parque Aventura Las Nubes

The activity of the day today was a trip to an Adventure Park: Parque Aventura Las Nubes – nubes are clouds. It is an amazing mountain preserve, with hiking trails, beautiful views both east and west, and plant and animal life.

Ometepe Islands
View eastward to the volcanoes of Ometepe Islands
Costa Rica
View west of the Pacific and Costa Rica

Finally I got to see monkeys (monos, as they are called in Spanish), and hopefully it wasn’t the last time.

Howler Monkey
Howler Monkey

In addition to the monkeys, we saw a sloth!, butterflies, and iguanas.

Sloth
Sloth in a tree

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