|Welcome to the Masaya Volcano.|
|Old lava rock on the outside of the volcano cone.|
We were told about the history of the volcano and that, although it was an active volcano, it had not erupted in over a century.
|Steam rising from the crater of the volcano.|
|Crater of the volcano.|
Our first summer mission trip to Nicaragua was an incredible, eye-opening, and heart-changing experience. We are so grateful for that opportunity. Being able to tour some of the sights of Nicaragua was a beautiful bonus. Masaya looked in the distance like a mountain, but as we climbed we could see the hardened lava rock and we could see the smoke pluming from the crater. Standing on the edge, looking down at the smokey center, and thinking about the last time it erupted when thousands died was an awe-inspiring experience. We did not see lava, but we smelled the sulfur. Not having volcanoes anywhere near home, made this a unique experience for both of us. It is, hands-down, one of the coolest things we have been able to visit on our excursions. Here are some more photos - they do not do it justice!
|Crater of the volcano|
|Amanda and I with the crater behind us. Don't we look young?|
|Top of the volcano (There is a large cross at the top that is barely visible in this photo)|
|Tourists looking at the crater of the volcano|
|Group photo at the volcano.|
|Painting of the volcano erupting in the volcano museum.|