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Masaya - La boca del infierno


Here some nighttime views of the crater of Masaya Volcano. Last time you saw pictures of it taken during the day. These are handheld pictures (no tripod or suitable rock or wall present).

Masaya Volcano is located near the town of the same name. In the left upper corner you can see some of the city lights.
With an estimated population of 140.000 Masaya is located nearly halfway Managua, the capital and Granada, the most visited city in the country.

The Spanish conquistadores called the volcano ‘La boca del infierno’ (‘Mouth of hell’). In the pre-Columbian era the volcano was called ‘Popogatepe’ (‘Burning mountain’).

The last eruption of the volcano was in 1772.
In 2001 an explosion took place in the crater and rocks were thrown 500 meters into the air.

Information from Wikipedia.

This is the only volcano in the western hemisphere where the crater rim can be reached by car. Because of the easy accessibility I visited the crater twice, once during the day and once in the evening immediately after sunset.

The visits at night are very popular. Only for a limited time (about ten minutes for the nightly visit) you can stay on the crater wall and only with a limited number of people at the same time. According to the authorities this is because of the gases rising from the crater and to guarantee safety.
I'm not so sure that the gases are dangerous because the security can stay there longer. I suspect that limited time was adjusted to keep everything easily under control.

As said before, this crater wall is extremely popular after sunset and every evening there’s a traffic jam of the many visitors.
Other volcanoes in Nicaragua you have to climb on foot and are a lot quieter.

On one side of the crater there is a parking space and from there it is quite dark to walk to the crater. Once arrived at the rim (just a very short walk) the red glow and the sound deep in the crater are impressive.

Two TE members can perhaps be disappointed.
I'm sorry Malgo, but unlike in New Zealand, there are no flights over the volcanoes in Nicaragua. (It pays to sit at the window during your international flight to Managua. Especially when you arrive from the south. I traveled via Panama but unfortunately did not have a window seat).
And Gert, I’m really sorry. I absolutely liked to include some people here … but nobody wanted to pose on this picture …

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4287 W: 17 N: 10061] (41382)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2018-03-28
  • Categories: Natura
  • Na¶wietlenie: 1/21 sekund
  • Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2018-07-07 23:52
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