Defying the intense smell of sulfur, the tourists come to look out at the seething lava pit near the surface of the crater of the Masaya volcano , whose fury the Indians tried to placate in the past by sacrificing maidens and children.
Photos: Masaya Volcano, impressive
“It is something extraordinary, unique in the world,” Noheli Pravia, a French tourist told AFP while watching the turbulent magma seen from the crater rim less than 100 meters deep.
Masaya, Kilauea in Hawaii and Nyiragongo in Africa are the only volcanoes in the world that have periodic outpourings of magma in its crater, says the Nicaraguan geographer and environmentalist Jaime Incer .
Lava of Masaya Vocano, located 20 km from the Nicaraguan capital, has been rising to the surface every 25 or 30 years since 1902 and after a while it disappears, but it always keeps emitting sulfur fumes that spread around the area, rusting roofs on houses and ravaging vegetation.
According to Incer, if the incandescent material rises its level up each occurrence, it is possible that within 150 years the volcano will make a similar eruption to 1772, when the flow reached the area where the international airport exists today.
A few kilometers from the volcano, the village of Piedra Quemada that keeps the vestiges of that eruption is based.
“Before there was no land here but stones , ” says Sandra Perez, one of the 6,000 people who have learned to live with the volcano and do not believe it is a threat.
The small cone, 400 meters high, came 5,000 years ago. It consists of five craters of which only one -called Santiago- remains active, crowned by a dense plume.
Six months ago, the hole increased activity with magma flows accompanied by sporadic micro-earthquakes.
“It ‘s the first time I have seen something like this, it is very impressive , ” says Mijaela Cuba, an Austrian nurse.
She is one of the 4,000 tourists who have climbed to the burning throat of the volcano in the last two weeks since the government authorized the entry of people, although limited to a visit of a few minutes due to gases.
Only green parrots and bats nest permanently and survive in the toxic environment of the crater.
It s “very special” adds excited young Taiwanese Sami Yen who takes photos to the crater rim where the magmatic waves are heard.
The volcano is located in the most populated area of the Nicaraguan Pacific and is part of a protected area of 54 km2, which include vast fields of petrified lava populated by white trees, the Sacuanjoche, the national flower of Nicaragua.
Snakes abound, white-faced monkeys and animals that can withstand high temperatures, says the guide Luis Solano.
The flames of Masaya, who made two strong eruptions in 1670 and 1772, frightened the Spanish conquistadors.
“It ‘s a mouth of fire that never stops burning , ” the first governor Pedrarias wrote to the king of Spain in 1525.
The friar Francisco de Bobadilla was believed that the door to hell, so he installed a huge cross at the edge of the crater.
While the greedy Friar Blas del Castillo thought the gold was melted and washed down hanging from a basket to remove material according to the legend.
Chorotega Indians who inhabited the area tried to calm the angry volcano offering a sacrifice of children and maidens They claimed that the witch “Chalchihuehe” lived in the burning pit.
In the 70s, the Somoza dictatorship launched into the mouth of the volcano an ex-colaborador of the Sandinista guerrilla, David Tejada, the Sandinista excolaboradora Vilma Nunez told AFP.
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Easiest nice beach to reach by bus from Managua for a weekendJan 13, 2016, 4:45 PMGood day. The headline says it all. Looking for recommendations for a nice beach close to Managua suitable for a weekend break and reachable by bus without too many hassles.
Thanks in advance.
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1. Re: Easiest nicebeach to reach by bus from Managua for a weekendJan 13, 2016, 9:06 PMGreetings wix:
Two come to mind. The easiest and closest is Masachapa/Pochomil and the other would be La Boquita in Carazo department.
The first you would take the bus from Israel Lewites market. The second you would take an expresso from la UCA to Diriamba, then a local bus from Diriamba to La Boquita. Both have restaurants, hotels, and a tourism infrastructure.
You’d probably actually get to the beach quicker going to La Boquita as the Pochomil bus is a real “Ordinario” chicken bus that takes at least two hours to get there! The bus from Diriamba continues onto Casares after stopping in La Boquita, so that’s another option for you.
Cheers and enjoy!
Mike @ Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua
Yes there are definitely some nice beaches just an hour or a bit more from Managua that are easily accessed via public bus. This post lists Pochomil/Masachapa and also La Boquita. I remembered at the end there that the same bus that goes from Diramba to La Boquita also continues on to Carares beach, which is another nice beach to go to from Managua.
You have probably heard that we have had quite a few earthquakes and aftershocks in the last three or four days. As an update specific to visitors or potential visitors to Farmstay El Porton Verde, we have had no damage, the lights are on, we have water, essentially things are normal here.
Last night two earthquakes shook the area in the old downtown Managua area, the temblor came from the same fault line that created the devastation of the December 23rd, 1972 earthquake. So naturally, people are scared.
We are located away from main fault lines, but close enough to feel any quakes. The Farmstay is located near the U in Managua as seen below.
Answered by Mike Quinn – Farmstay El Portón Verde
Posted April 12, 2014
How’s the weather in Managua? In a word, hot! Well, not always scorching, but usually it is at least warm if not torrid. The average temperature in Managua, according to Weather Underground, is 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 28 degree Celsius.
The main differential in temperatures in the tropics is…
Answered by Mike Quinn – Farmstay El Portón Verde
Posted April 09, 2014
MGA, Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, is Managua’s nearest and only international airport. Incoming and outgoing flights travel to other Central American locations (Panama City, San Jose, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, etc. Direct, non-stop North American destinations include Mexico City, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Atlanta, and Houston.
The airport is located on the Northeast end of Managua, on the Panamerican Highway that connects to Honduras going north and Costa Rica going south. The airport is located 15 minutes to the city center and 25 minutes to the cooler, elevated hills on the south and southwest ends of Managua, along Carretera a Masaya and Carretera Sur, respectively.
The area along Carretera a Masaya works especially well for visitors as a first night destination as that area is on the way towards frequently visited Nicaraguan sites such as Masaya, Granada, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur, Tola, etc.
The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Nicaragua is 118 in Spanish and 101 in English, though this is technically the tourism section of the police department.
What are the Best Places to Live in Nicaragua?
There are many fine towns and a few real cities to choose from when deciding where to live in Nicaragua. Some of the factors influencing whether one town or city works best for your personal situation are:
- lifestyle preferences
- Spanish-speaking abilities
- financial situation
- personal health
- desires to live with or without other expatriates
There are many more factors in addition to those named above. We’ll tackle this topic on a broad level now and in further posts will break it down into some detail. If you have enjoyed this post, please comment below and encourage me to continue with this series!
Let’s get started with some broad strokes as to what whould be the best Nicaraguan city for you to live in.
Do you want to live in a city, town, village, or? Would you enjoy being in the center of the pueblo just a couple of streets off of the plaza? Or, do you prefer living a few minutes drive or bus away from the downtown? As with all things, there are pluses and minuses to each of these options and you need to find out for yourself what is best for you.
What about your Spanish-language skills? If you already have a fairly good handle on Spanish, then you are likely much more open to living wherever you want to in Nicaragua. Folks with limited Spanish and little-to-no ability to learn the language will probably be best suited to live in an area with a large existing expat community where you can speak English most everywhere you go.
Are finances a major consideration? If living on a fixed budget, even though your money goes much further in Nicaragua, you will still need to watch your spending habits and keep a reserve handy in case. Obviously, if you have a much more comfortable financial situation, then you can forego thinking about strategizing on money-saving schemes and live you life as you desire.
What about your health? Your age? Anything requiring regular checkups, medical specialists, tests and exams? That will affect your decisions too. Excellent health care is available in Nicaragua, but is not evenly distributed throughout the country. For the most part, Managua is where the best doctors and hospitals are located.
Do you prefer to live in a real Nicaraguan community or one with a sizeable expat population? Some people, usually those with limited Spanish skills, find themselves drawn to expat communities, of which there are not a lot to choose from in Nicaragua. Do you want to join the Kiwanas club or the American Legion? If that is the sort of social life you envision then your options are limited as regards Nicaragua. Or, do you want to live as completely as possible with Nicaraguans in a Spanish-speaking community? This question also speaks to your needs for a social life. Some folks are just fine by themselves or the occasional meetup with friends, and some are real “joiners” that want to be part of every bridge club, charity event, volunteering at the schools, hospitals, orphanages, etc. Which are you?
Weather is another important consideration. Luckily, in Nicaragua one can choose what kind of weather they like. Warm and hot is the norm here, but there are mountainous areas that are great for that “perpetual spring” climate. As you get to live here awhile, a slight change in temperature can make the difference between sweating and being miserable or quite comfortable.
Transportation is important too. It is not too difficult to live without a car in Nicaragua and in some places it offers a distinct advantage to not drive! Buses and taxis are usually very available and mostly inexpensive. Driving here has its challenges, but of course offers freedom of movement that relying on public transportation just does not offer.
Finally, what amenities are important to you? For example, are you a shopaholic? There aren’t too many shopping malls in Nicaragua and most of them are in Managua. Are first-run movies in brand-new theaters your thing? Again, the capital has those but are not very well distributed outside of Managua. What about nightlife? Culture? Art? Poetry? Live music? A variety of different types of restaurants? I always recommend you be clear with yourself that if you feel you need these amenities, don’t go moving out to the coast where it takes an hour or two to find some of these things. Be real with yourself and admit you like eating sushi and seeing a musical play live once in a while!
Okay, that is the end of this edition. I plan on writing more of these and going into further detail on each and every consideration to help make your move to Nicaragua a good one! Please share, Like, or comment!
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For your information only! Call or email from the link above if interested. Farmstay El Porton Verde does not represent this property and has no affiliation with the seller(s). I just wanted to show you this as an example of a small little house for rent in a more or less decent neighborhood of Managua. At $150 per month it might be a good deal for someone looking to have that whole “urban experience” in Managua.
I rented a small studio apartment in Bello Horizonte when I first lived in Nicaragua. I attended the Universidad Centroamerica (la UCA), where I took Spanish courses at the Centro Superior de Idiomas (CSI). I think I paid $150 a month for that place, and it was tiny and really hot!
My goal at the time was to experience the fullness of living in Nicaragua. Since Managua is the capital city, with the largest population and the fiercest reputation, I decided I had to see if I could live there. If I could make it there, I could make it anywhere…or so goes the song!
Ultimately, I found out about the farm and purchased it. I finally got around to actually living here in Nicaragua full-time about three years ago. So far, so good!