Nananananananana Bat Cave!
Masaya Travel Blog› entry 5 of 6 › view all entries
December 29th, 2008 – by: Zymosis
After paying the entry fee to the park, I learned that the park proper was located 6km up a steep, winding road. I could hoof it or pay 50 cordoba for a lift each way. Just as I was contemplating my options, the english couple from Leon rolled up in a cab. They´d hired the cab to drive them from Managua. After checking out the visitor´s lodge, we signed up for a tour of the Bat Cave and drove up to the craters.
Volcan Masaya is a system of three massive craters, each very, very deep and dense with steam. At night, it´s possible to see the lava at the bottom of one of the craters - something for next time. We hiked up one of the overlooking bluffs to a massive cross, stationed at the very top. Lots of great pictures...
The Bat Cave is a lava tube near the craters filled with (what else?) bats. The cave itself is pretty big... wide, with high ceilings and an easy walkway. I can´t imagine why they suggest closed-toe shoes. Bats are everywhere, and are especially visible looking out through the entrance. Very cool, but more tube than cave.
No sign of Batman, or any Bat-vehicles.
After getting a lift back down the hill, I parted ways with Rita and Karim and managed to flag down a mini-bus bound for Masaya. A great dinner and some time walking around and I crashed. After waking up and browsing around the market with my backpack on, I had to walk to the outskirts of town to flag down another chicken-bus bound for Rivas and San Juan del Sur.
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