Through No Rush Tours, we had the opportunity to experience Granada and Masaya in an incredible way! We visited common tourist sites in Granada such as the oldest railroad station, the oldest house in Granada, the cemetery of Granada, and various churches.
After our quick tour of Granada, we were off to Masaya, which means ‘land of the deer.’ The city of Masaya is known as the city of flowers (referring to the women), the city of folklores and city of handicrafts.
Our first stop in Masaya was a prison camp that acted as a torture chamber.
Eery and depressing, I know. It was hard to shake off that feeling, but Ramon made us some delicious Macua (The national cocktail of Nicaragua, made with rum and fruit juices), and cheered us up for the rest of the tour.
Our next stop: Volcano Masaya!
Volcano Masaya is an active volcano which last erupted in 1772.
Next, we were off to Laguna de Apoyo, a large crater formed from a previous volcanic eruption filled with water. We stopped at a lookout point first to see the crater from above and later drove down below to a resort by the shore where we had lunch.
Our last stop of the tour was the islets of Granada, where we met a local indigenous community – more on them here.
Lake Nicaragua is huge! Even though it is only about 1/2 hour from the Pacific, it drains into the Atlantic, and there is a unique species of sharks that swim up the river to spawn in the lake, having adapted to both fresh and salt water. There is an cluster of small islands along the western shore near Grenada, formed by an exploding volcano, known as the islets of Granada. These islands are home to many groups of people, from local and indigenous communities, to foreigners.
We had so many incredible moments throughout our trip, but this day will always be one my most memorable ones – partly for the volcano and prison camp, and partly for the amazing children we met on the islets of Granada.