Tuesday, July 10, 2012

On Being Tourists

We recently had some good friends come visit us here.  One of the benefits of having friends come visit is that we get to play tour guides...and explore new places!  We took advantage of our captive audience and visited a volcano that we had yet to explore...Mombacho Volcano.  Mombacho Volcano Nature Reserve is near the city of Granada which sits on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.  Mombacho Volcano is an active volcano but it hasn't erupted since about 1570...so I suppose that makes it a low risk place to visit as far as volcanoes go. There are flora and fauna in the cloud forests of the volcano that are unique to this volcano.  The first place you come to as you drive up the one-car/one-direction road is a little coffee farm run by Cafe Las Flores...which is where you can get a complimentary cup of hot steaming coffee!  We drove further up the volcano and enjoyed a hike through the cloud forest...the temperature was refreshingly cool and the views from the look-outs were amazing! 

Enjoy the photo tour of Mombacho Volcano!

Andrew and Ella enjoying some free coffee!

Hiking off the trail.

A view of the isletas (little islands) formed when Volcan Mombacho erupted.

Bethany and The Boys

See the smoke...it's a steaming volcanic vent.

A view of another active volcano...a more "active" active volcano.