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Masaya - Nicaragua, the country of volcanoes

In Nicaragua a chain of 19 active volcanoes runs from north to south along the coast of the Pacific Ocean. All these volcanoes lie in the western part of the country that is 130.375 km² large.
(In comparison, England (not the UK) has an area of 130.279 km².)

Among the 19 volcanoes there’s a great variety. Some have huge smoking crater mouths whereas other volcanoes were blown away in violent eruptions thousands of years ago, leaving behind nothing more than a tranquil crater lake.

Who likes to climb volcanoes can surely find something to his liking in Nicaragua.
It’s possible to climb active and dormant volcanoes, swim in crater lakes, walk through forested slopes, and peek over the rim into the crater of a volcano.
The Masaya Volcano National Park is located only half an hour from Managua, Nicaragua's capital with a population of 1.4 million in the metropolitian area.
The Masaya Volcano is the most accessible in the entire country: a paved road leads to the crater.
A visit to this crater can be arranged through a travel agency, by taxi or by car. So people with a physical disability can also go up and have a look in the crater.

Because of the strong sulfur gases, a visit remains very limited in time: About a quarter of an hour visitors can stay on the crater wall.
In 1993 a process of degassing has started and it’s still continuing. The gases are estimated to affect an area of around 1.250 km².
During a visit you will surely smell the sulfur gases. Short term exposure to these gases does not pose a threat to the visitors.
Very strange but a colony of green parakeets lives inside the crater and apparently they’re not affected by the toxic gases. I must admit that I didn’t see any parakeet during my visit.

The Masaya Volcano National Park has a visitor center with a little museum providing interesting information about the park.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5076 W: 17 N: 12162] (49014)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2018-03-28
  • Categories: Natura
  • Esposizione: 30 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2018-07-04 23:16
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Points: 44
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