Concepcion and Maderas on a clear day. Two of the 19 volcanoes in Nicaragua.
The volcanoes of Nicaragua are like an old string of Christmas lights. Some of them are burned out and some are still burning bright. Concepcion (in the middle) on the island of Ometepe is one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua. It is still as bright as a new bulb. Maderas, on the right, is still faintly twinkling.
Concepcion by boat. A favorite photo from our first trip.
Concepcion by land.
Concepcion by beach.
Maderas by lake.
Another volcano, Mombacho, is still simmering over the city of Granada. As seen from a bell tower looking out and over the terra cotta rooftops.
Mombacho from on high.
We drove up the insanely steep road to the top of Mombacho, all by our selves. You need a 4 wheel drive and lots of nuts. I wouldn't do it again. And I was only a passenger. We had to take all the hair pin turns at full speed, since slowing down and stalling would basically mean careening over the side of the volcano. Gulp.
The islands in the sky are actually down below. They were formed during an ancient eruption. We toured them by boat.
Here, we see the gaping maw of Volcan Masaya spewing sulfur dioxide.
The Santiago Crater of Masaya. (from Wikipedia)
Masaya is a volcano of a different color. It's slopes aren't fertile jungles like the others. It is barren. Lunar.
Oh, and another thing. Masaya is ready to explode! They make you back into your parking spot, in case you need to make a quick getaway. Gulp
Here, in the distance, you can see at least 3 volcanoes through the Grecian railing of the Cathedral of Leon. (more on that later) There are 5 volcanoes near Leon. Cerro Negro, (the one people go volcano surfing on) Momotombo, Telica, Las Pilas and Rota.
This is one of them, looming in-between the streets of Leon.
Concepcion is on the left again. A creepy vulture in the middle!
I haven't seen them all. But so far, my favorites, hands down, are the fraternal twins, Concepcion and Maderas. I guess the moral of the story is that the beauty of Nicaragua is on fire!
Last week, I posted an update on my adventures in novel writing. Read about them here!
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