One of the natural wonders of Nicaragua are the number of active volcanoes that are located within its borders. Two of the most active are located within a very short distance from Managua; Momotombo, with its classic cone-shaped peak and Masaya, a collapsed crater that is constantly spewing clouds of noxious smoke. The most accessible of the two volcanoes to Managua is definitely the Masaya volcano.
With local bus service throughout the day, it’s located about an hour from the Managua Backpackers Inn hostel in Managua. The Masaya Volcano National Park is well maintained. Trails are well marked and offer more adventurous travelers a great way to experience the ancient lava flows and the plants and animals that still seem to find a way to thrive in the barren environment.
We recommend taking the time to see the visitor center, before heading up to the crater. In fact, it’s only permitted to be near the crater for 10 to 20 minutes, due to the gases that are constantly rising from the massive volcano. When the wind is blowing in your direction, you will taste the sulfur in your mouth and feel the heat of the lava!
Night tours are available starting after 5:30pm in the evening. By taking the night tour, you’ll get a great view of the red molten lava lake at the bottom of the crater.
Don’t miss out on seeing the Masaya volcano while you’re in Managua or on your way south to Granada or San Juan del Sur.
Entrance fees to the park are 100 Cordobas (about USD3) during the day and USD10 per person at night. We recommend you visit the volcano at night in order to get the best photos of the lava lake.
Tours, including guide and transportation packages, are offered through the hostel. For more info, contact us via our email firstname.lastname@example.org