The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto

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A boiling mud poole

The day before we had booked a visit the boiling mud pits of San Jacinto which were situated 30 minutes drive from the centre of Leon. The trip was an afternoon trip.

We had been out walking the whole morning in Leon for the first time in real daylight and shortly after lunch we were picked up at the hotel by our guide and the driver. The day before we didn't for some odd reason get a good impression of the guy that was our guide and compared to the other trips we had done with the company in Granada it started pretty quiet the first.

He was talking but we couldn’t get any connection.

The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
He spoke English with a funny American way; almost like young surfers using loads of dude and man in all his sentences. When we had come to know him we understood perfectly why. He had been totally self learned and he had talked to loads of backpackers and surfers in order to improve his language skills.  

When we approached San Jacinto and got closer to the volcano Telica it was like it all turned. He really lived up and started talking about all the things in the area and some of the other trips that he was guide on. He had even had a group up on one of the volcano’s in the morning. It was like he was on real home ground and it actually turned out that he was born in the village and had lived the first 15 years of his life there.

When we arrived at the mud pit he warned us that some kids living close to the pit would try to capture us and be our personal tour guides around the pits.

The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
Boy! Was he right! two small girls and boy almost attacked us when we came "what’s your name?" "Where you from?" and so on. While we walked down the kids joined us anyway and the followed us all around the whole hour we spent smelling and looking at the different boiling mud pits.

Just behind us a big rain cloud started to develop over the volcano that was one around 1 kilometre away from where we were standing in the boiling mud. Lightning started the strike around the volcano and it was a beautiful sight. During our walk the guide asked us if we wanted to visit the village and see how they lived and also walk by his parents.

We would naturally love to do that and we got a really pleasant introduction to the village life in Nicaragua; he told us about the history of the town and the usage of all the fruits that we saw on the different plants growing in the city.

The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
After 30 minutes walk we entered his parents’ house where his mom was pleased with his visit. Some of his brothers were there as well together with some in laws.

We stayed there for 30 minutes listening to stories and about a village hobby which was cock fight that actually was illegal but still very important in the city and for his family; They had been doing it for the last 4 generation and had no intention about stopping because they were the champions. It started to rain so the guide decided it was time to visit the only bar in the village before we were heading out to an iguana farm close to the volcano.

As we got in to the it was like the whole sky opened and rain was falling down in a way that I almost never had seen before. It was almost impossible to see where we were driving but the driver managed to find the village bar.

The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
We went in and laughed at the power of the rain and the noise it was making. Some really wet schoolgirls came running in to the bar to take cover; I did not know from what because they were as wet as they could be.

Babs and the guide and I shared a one litre Toña while we were waiting for the rain to stop. We waited quite long and the rain still kept pounding on the roof of the bar. We decided without any discussion to drop the iguana far because we had to walk up a muddy trail to get there and Babs and I could picture the mud hill that we had to overcome before coming to the iguanas

Chokk says:
Ha-ha; leaving for a WE in Madrid tomorrow afternoon - back again on sunday.

I hope you are great in NYC. I loved the Mojito's at the Met in your review. Wish I had went there
Posted on: May 27, 2010
Glynnes says:
Great review.
The boiling mud pit is something I need in NYC in the winter.
Where's your next trip to?
Stay safe...
Posted on: May 27, 2010
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The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
The boiling mud pit of San Jacinto
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
Vulcán Telica
On the way to San Jacinto where th…
On the way to San Jacinto where t…
On the road
On the road
Tierra Tour truck
Tierra Tour truck
Sorting the trash
Sorting the trash
Sorting the trash
Sorting the trash
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
Home at the guides mom
Home at the guides mom
Home at the guides mom
Home at the guides mom
Home at the guides mom
Home at the guides mom
In the rain
In the rain
Everything was raining away
Everything was raining away
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
Kids in the rain
In the rain
In the rain
Fixing the drain
Fixing the drain
Inside the only bar in the city
Inside the only bar in the city
Inside the only bar in the city
Inside the only bar in the city
One liter Toña
One liter Toña
One liter Toña
One liter Toña
Toña sign
Toña sign
Inside the only bar in the city
Inside the only bar in the city
Inside the only bar in the city
Inside the only bar in the city
Our 4x4
Our 4x4
Babs getting answers
Babs getting answers
Cactus
Cactus
Cactus land
Cactus land
Red beauty
Red beauty
The guide and the kids of the pit …
The guide and the kids of the pit…
In the village
In the village
Fruits used for tools
Fruits used for tools
Our guide telling us how to make a…
Our guide telling us how to make …
A hungry cow
A hungry cow
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
The village of San Jacinta
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ in the hands of the …
A fight champ in the hands of the…
A fight champ
A fight champ
Telling stories at home with family
Telling stories at home with family
Proud of having the best cock
Proud of having the best "cock"
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ
A fight champ
Green and fun
Green and fun
Do the dance
Do the dance
San Jacinto
photo by: Chokk