Best of Masaya Volcano National Park

The Masaya Volcano National Park is one of the most popular attractions in Nicaragua due its close proximity to Managua.  The Masaya Volcano is just 20 minutes from both Managua and the city of Masaya.  Upon arriving to the park it is a short drive to the top of the volcano.  Every year thousands of tourists make the short drive to the top to see one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

Best of Masaya Volcano National Park

Although the Masaya does not have the impressive height of other volcanoes like Momotombo or Concepcion, it is has its own unique features.  This volcano is constantly smoking and very active and as a result the vegetation is a lot less dense that that of a volcano like the Mombacho Volcano whose crater is full of lush wildlife.  In its history Masaya Volcano has erupted multiple times.  Visitors can drive their vehicle to the top of the volcano and walk up to the edge of the crater and look down from where the smoke is coming up.  Hundreds of years ago human sacrifices were done by the indigenous people who thought the volcano was a god.  The volcano has lot of history to it and you can learn more in the visitor center.  Also available for the more adventurous is cave tours where you can see tunnels formed from lava flows as well as colonies of bats.

The great thing about this attraction is that it doesn’t take all day or even half a day to see.  You can easily make a stop by the Masaya Volcano National Park for an hour or two on your way to Granada or on of the other great attractions in the department of Masaya.

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  1. Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde says:

    Don’t forget to back your vehicle into its parking space! Sounds like a joke but it is actually really good advice in case the volcano starts erupting. There are signs in the parking lot telling the drivers to do so…

    Masaya Volcano is a don’t miss for visitors and the night hike is very special as you hike into lava tubes that give you an insiders look into the “boca del infierno” (mouth of hell) i.e. sulfurous boiling glowing lava. Something you don’t see in too many other volcanoes!

    • Michael says:

      Yes I’d forgotten about having to back in when parking. Probably the largest chimney in the world, I actually havent been to the Masaya volcano in a while but I probably went there over hundred times in the late ’80s and early 90′s.

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