Not to be mistaken by the Spanish city in Andalusia. This Nicaraguan city was the first one settled the Spaniards 1524 AD – And besides, since Granada has survived a lot of earthquakes and volcano eruptions you will find a lovely colonial city. I spent two nights here, and when not viewing old buildings I did a volcano trip and a canopy tour.
The Volcano-tour started with a visit to the “interesting-if-you-have-space-in-your-backpack-marked” in Masaya. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of space in my backpack, so I couldn’t buy too much of the handicrafts. Then we went up to the volcano, actually on the crater edge. Could you be able to stand on the crater edge of an active volcano in Europe/USA? – Most likely not! The national-park leaflet claimed it to be “adventure” tourism and advised you to hide under the car in case of (rock) eruptions. The only eruptions we got to see were gas-eruptions. Basically the smokes you see in the pictures are some kind of sulphur-gas. At the edge you felt an urge to cough. But no more problems than that, and when the leaflet told you not to stay at the edge for more than 20 minutes you don’t do so. The Volcano trip continued with a close-by bat-cave, some bats were seen in the 150m tunnel, but I have had bat-encounters (literally – collisions) before (in Ecuador), so no goose bumps (worth mentioning that my current on-the-road lecture is “Dracula”)
(on the way up - someone seeing the resemblance of a Windows XP desktop?)
Then they next day: A canopy tour! If you are unfamiliar with the concept of canopy; it’s a zip line (actually several) in the trees. You strap yourself up in the zip line and fly through the forest. The Mombacho canopy “garden” had 16 platforms, making my flying distance more than 2km. As recommended at the hostel I did the stunts as well. A rather strange experience to be hanging and flying upside down 10 meters above the ground.