Nananananananana Bat Cave!

Masaya Travel Blog

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I took a chicken bus down to Masaya and found a room in Hostel Mi Casa... $5 for a private room and a hot shower. After a quick breakfast I hopped on a similar chicken bus going back to Managua and hopped out a few miles north of town in the middle of nowhere at the park entrance for Volcan Masaya.

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.
The clouds are on fire...


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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The clouds are on fire...
The clouds are on fire...
Rita and Karim, overlooking Volcan…
Rita and Karim, overlooking Volca…
Entrance to the Bat Cave
Entrance to the Bat Cave
Inside the bat cave
Inside the bat cave
Inside the bat cave
Inside the bat cave
Yes.
Yes.
Nicaraguans take their disco balls…
Nicaraguans take their disco ball…
Masaya
photo by: keef_mon