Nicaragua is mainly about volcanoes, so here follows a few pictures of Leon and Granada – the main tourist towns on the pacific coast – followed by several pictures of volcanoes both active and dormant. The most strenuous volcano hikes (up to ten hours hard slog up to the peak) are on Isla Ometepe, so we decided to simply relax by the pool whilst we were there and indulged in volcano action in Masaya National Park instead (you get driven to the summit and walk mainly downhill). But Reliable Joe did enjoy walking the rim between two volcanoes and coughing at the sulphurous smoke bellowing out of one. Others in her group hiked up a volcano then ‘boarded’ down. It’s the latest fad in extreme sports and was apparently very fun, though also very dusty.
Granada is a charming colonial town. Rather than doing any organised tours, Reliable Joe beat the heat (it was around 38 degrees celsius every day) with a nice massage at one of the town’s spas. They are basic but good.
Staring into the inferno. Somewhere hundreds of metres below this belching volcano is red hot lava. We tried to spot it once night had fallen, but couldn’t see it for all the smoke. It did make us cough a little, however.