Vulcões, folclore e artesanatos não são uma combinação óbvia, mas nesta excursão guiada de cinco horas você verá que são três coisas que se dão muito bem juntas. Primeiramente, siga até o Parque Nacional do Vulcão Masaya e tenha a oportunidade de ficar de pé na borda de uma cratera vulcânica. Em seguida, siga para a cidade de Masaya para navegar pelo intrigante mercado de artesanato, um ponto repleto com o trabalho de artistas locais e artesões. Saiba mais sobre a história do vulcão e da cidade de Masaya com o seu guia e retorne com um souvenir ou dois. Inclui embarque e desembarque no hotel.
As a native Nicaraguan, I have visited the Masaya Volcano dozens of times. But, nothing prepared me for this visit. The crater of the volcano had always emanated smoke, and sometimes you could catch a glimpse of lave at the bottom of the crater. But due to the recent volcanic activity, for the first time ever, I was able to see the lava lake boiling and bubbling at the bottom of the volcano. You can also hear the volcano roar underneath the voices of the visitors who crowd the crater. I was mesmerized by the terrifying beauty of the volcano. Please be aware that the Masaya Volcano is an active volcano. As you drive to the top, you are able to park at the top of the volcano and view directly into crater. Although, the visit is perfectly safe, the risk of a volcanic eruption is very real.
Before going to the top of the volcano, our guide named Marlene, took us to the visitor center of the volcano, which includes a small museum about the history of the volcano and its flora and fauna. After the volcano, Marlene took us to the city of Masaya, which is the center of Nicaraguan handcrafts. Marlene gave us the option to visit historic marketplace or the newer marketplace. The historic marketplace is more popular with tourists, but everything is much more expensive. We chose to go to the newer marketplace because it was cheaper. However, if this is your first time at a Nicaraguan market place, I recommend going to the old one instead. The newer market place can be extremely chaotic. Luckily for us, Marlene was able to navigate the market place very quickly and we were able to buy everything we wanted. Due to the proximity of Masaya to Nicaragua, we were able to complete this tour in about 4 hours. So, we still had plenty of time left in the afternoon to do other activities. I definitely recommend this tour for anyone who is interesting in admiring the breathtaking and terrifying beauty of an active volcano.
Later we found out that it is also possible to visit the volcano in the evening, where the entire crater is illuminated by the glow of the lava. You may also want to look into that as well. I know I definitely will.