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“Nice short look” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Masaya Volcano National Park

Masaya Volcano National Park
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US$99.00*
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Half-Day Trip to Masaya Volcano from Managua
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Masaya
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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Nice short look”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Beautiful view. Noxious fumes limit time that can be spent by volcano. Warning if you have any lung problems

Visited April 2014
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“Once in a Lifetime”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Amazing experience! Standing on top of an active volcano is like nothing else! You can only stay up at the top for a max. of 10 minutes due to it's activity, but that 10 minutes is fantastic! It was really smokey up top but we could see well into the hole. A must if your in the area!

Visited April 2014
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“great views and cheap”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

The park is worth a stop, it costs around $6.00 to get in. The visitors center is interesting, gives a little bit about the history of the area and volcano, but mostly in Spanish.
From the visitors center it's about 4 mile drive to the crater. The volcano erupted slightly in 2012 therefore there is an option to wear hard hats and the walk up to the cross is closed as a precaution. The views are amazing, surreal to look down into active crater and smelling the sulfur fumes. No lava, but the fumes themselves are an awesome view. If you walk the opposite direction from the crater you can see the entire valley and still some bare areas, blackened with lava from the last large eruption from over 30 years ago. There are few vendors walking around selling souvenirs but generally not a very touristy area as opposed to Arenal in Costa Rica. I would highly recommend visiting this park if you are into geology and volcanos.

Visited January 2014
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“Picturesque”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Nice views, solid museum, and nice to take a short hike, Be warned though, you cannot see lava and anyone who tells you that you can is wasting your time. Instead go during the day when you can see the vistas into the distance which are quite pretty

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great views and you get to peer into an active volcano!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

The Masaya Volcano offered great views from the top. We whose to go on our own without a guide as we did not have much time to go. We missed the entrance on our way as the other side of the road did not have good signs for the entrance and we missed it but once we found the volcano we scooted up just making the steeper hills.

The entrance fee was 100 cords each but the volcano is different to others we had seen in the region and the one I was looking forward to see. I was not disappointed as we got to experience how a volcano works from the visitors centre and the fumes from the volcano were great to see. Do not expect to see lava as then you will be disappointed. The greenery was beautiful and it was nice to walk to the lookout points where possible.

They do tell you to leave once it gets to 4:30 as that is when they close to allow night tour groups to visit which apparently have to be booked in advance.

It's worth to see, just for the scenery alone and to be that close to a volcano top and have a sneak peak into it.

Visited March 2014
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