Zip wiring down a volcano!

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The extinct volcano crater

We climbed into a 4x4 jeep with 4 other gringos and headed off towards the Volcano Mombacho park. We drove to the top of the volcano up a very steep and winding road and once at the top, we walked for a few hours with a guide along the crater path. Very strange to feel a cool temperature, even put a coat on!!

The crater itself, about 200m deep, is now covered in dense cloud forest and is full of wildlife, including some endemic species. We spotted a few of these endemic animals - the green salamander and a butterfly. Could be the most popular butterfly and salamander in the world for all we know.

We walked to view points of the magnificent scenery of the surrounding area like Las Isletas (about 165 tiny islands just off the mainland in the lake) that were formed 10 thousand years ago by the last major eruption of the now dormant volcano.

Double zipping!!
 We could also see volcano Masaya in the distance as well as a few lakes here and there.

We could smell the sulpher before we saw the smoking 'fumadores' (or holes, pretty much sums them up) and once close, could feel the heat (is this volcano really dormant we wondered).

We stopped on the way down the volcano to try some coffee grown in the volcanic soil. Yummy! Then back to the jeep that took us half way down the volcano. And then we zip-wired our way down to the bottom!! Suspended up in the canopy of the trees, we were attached to the zip-wires and then acted like idiots as we hurtled along each wire at alarmingly fun speed!

There were about 12 zip wires that zigzagged between the trees to the bottom of the volcano and on the last one, we went together! Lots of fun this zip-wire stuff!! 

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The extinct volcano crater
The extinct volcano crater
Double zipping!!
Double zipping!!
Matt Lucas joined us for zip-wiring
Matt Lucas joined us for zip-wiring
zippy
zippy
Natural tunnel
Natural tunnel
Umm a tree
Umm a tree
A salamander that is endemic to th…
A salamander that is endemic to t…
Endemic butterfly too!
Endemic butterfly too!
Yikes!
Yikes!
Granada
photo by: monoli