Volcano Trail - Day 11: Tackling Maderas

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Crops along the trail
After breakfast, we drove the short distance to the beginning of the Volcano Masaya trail.  The hike, as always, started off pretty good.  We were making the 3km trek to the viewpoint on Volcano Masaya.  We passed through a few petroglyph along the way, which are stone engravings believed to have been left by indigenous groups from Mexico.  Most of the petroglyph are preserved in a museum, but they left a few intact.  We also walked through some farm land in the beginning of the trail.  There were some rice and bean plants growing at the time.  Our guide pointed out this really awesome weed that was growing along the trail.  It was some type of sleeping plant and every time you brushed up against the leaves they would close.
First Petroglyph
  I couldn't resist touching them while I passed by them, it's so cool.

The path started to get a little more difficult as we entered the jungle.  It had rained the night before so the trail was really muddy and damp.  The slow incline made for a very slippery trail.  The forest was so lush and the trees created a nice protective covering for us against the sun.  We could hear some howler monkeys in the trees, but couldn't pinpoint their exact location.  Once we hiked out of the forest, we had a great view of the volcano.  It kind of reminded me of a scene from the television series Lost, with it's lush landscape.  We just needed to climb up a short steep incline to reach the viewpoint.  When we finally got there, the view was absolutely amazing.
Amazing jungle
  You could see Volcano Concepcion on the other side and the two sides of the island surrounded by water.  It was a great view of the entire island.  We stayed up there for a while, catching urr breath and enjoying in the amazing views. 

Once we finished taking in the view, we turned around and hiked back down the trail.  It was a lot harder going down hill with the mud.  I slipped a couple of times and almost sprained my ankle.  Once we passed through the forest, we took a different trail back to the visitor centre.  We passed through a few more petroglyph, which were looking more weathered and faded.  Our guide pointed out all the fruit plants along the way.  There were mango trees, cinnamon trees, banana plants, avocado trees, cacao trees, coffee beans plants, citrus trees, and pineapple plants.
Viewpoint on Volcano Masaya
  The pineapple plant looked really cool, it kind of reminded me of aloe. 

We reached the visitor centre and waited for our driver to pick us up.  We relaxed in the hammocks with a nice refreshing coke bottle and amazing views of the volcanoes.  It was a great way end the hike.  We went back to the hotel and just chilled for the rest of the day.

For dinner we went to a little vegetarian place next to the hotel that our guide recommended.  It was a small little shack right next to the beach with a very limited menu, but it was delicious.  We had an amazing vegetable curry with lemon grass and a yoghurt fruit smoothie.  I loved eating right next to the water; you could hear the waves crashing while enjoying a meal with new friends.
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Crops along the trail
Crops along the trail
First Petroglyph
First Petroglyph
Amazing jungle
Amazing jungle
Viewpoint on Volcano Masaya
Viewpoint on Volcano Masaya
View of Volcano Conception and the…
View of Volcano Conception and th…
Moss covered rocks along the trail
Moss covered rocks along the trail
Grazing cattle
Grazing cattle
Another petroglyph
Another petroglyph
Cocoa tree
Cocoa tree
Guanabana fruit
Guanabana fruit
Petroglyph
Petroglyph
Pineapple
Pineapple
Petroglyph
Petroglyph
View from the tourist office
View from the tourist office
Lovely little vegetarian restaurant
Lovely little vegetarian restaurant
Vegetable Curry with Lemon Grass
Vegetable Curry with Lemon Grass
Vegetarian Restaurant by the shore
Vegetarian Restaurant by the shore
Isla de Ometepe
photo by: Clarafina