Nicaragua Viva!

The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes


Nicaragua is known as the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes for its 50 volcanoes, of which 7 are active, and its famous Lake Nicaragua, the only sweet-water lake known to have sharks in the world. Most of these volcanoes are very interactive and have lots of tourist attractions. Visitors have the ability to climb active and dormant volcanoes, peek over into the crater of a volcano and swim in the crater lakes.

There are volcanoes all around Nicaragua, with 12 of the main volcanoes being along the left side of the coast. One of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua is Momotombo. Momotombo volcano is one of the most known volcanoes of the country. It is in the outskirts of the city of Leon and near the shores of the Lago de Managua. The last time it erupted was 2003.

Another popular volcano is the Masaya volcano, one of Nicaragua’s most active and usual volcanoes. It is a constant erupting volcano and the most active crater is the Santiago crater. The main tourist attraction is the Masaya Volcano National Park, created in 1979. The park includes two volcanoes and five craters. It is the only volcano in the western hemisphere where you are able to drive to the rim. You are also able to walk up several sets of stairs to look down into the crater of the volcano.

Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America and the 19th largest lake in the world and the 9th largest in the Americas. Granada is the lakeside city and closest to the Pacific. The largest tourist attractions of the mountains and islands of Ometepe which is an island in the middle of the lake. Lake Nicaragua is a sweetwater lake, the only one in the world that sharks reside in sweet water lake.

I have always been scared of lakes and volcanoes, which is weird because it is such an important part of Nicaraguan culture. I have visited both volcanoes mentioned and actually walked up the large sets of stairs to see the inside crater of the volcano is Masaya. Are you afraid of a volcanic eruption? What precautions would you take if you lived in the area?