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Old 03-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #177
Saralou
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Location: July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
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Volcano Mombacho- Granada Nicaragua

We went to Volcan Mombacho where you have to take a transport truck up the “steep road” to the crater rim. Actually it is steep, but paved and “don’t they know we went up El Impossible!”



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Of course it says on the Internet that the transports leave daily at 830, 10, 12, and 130, but when we arrived at 1115 for the 12 truck they say it will leave at 1 are so unless it fills up before that. This is typical in Latin America. While waiting for the ride up we walked thru the orchid garden. Luckily at 12 one of the park wardens was going up in his pickup so we got a private ride up.



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We hiked the El Crater trail to the first mirador looking over Lake Nicaragua and the city of Granada



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On the way to the second viewpoint we took the right turn thru “the tunnel” to get a view inside the first of the 4 craters.



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This is the view from the second mirador. There were lots of wild flowers.



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You can also see the second crater from here towering above us.



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When the third crater blew out about 10 thousand years ago it created the isletas below.



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