One of the best things about living in Managua is getting out of Managua. That sounded mean. But let’s be honest, the guidebooks don’t exactly describe Nicaragua’s capital as a destination of tourist bliss. But the good thing is that there are a lot of great places to get to that are within a short drive of Managua. No need for an overnight excursion. You can drive to a couple of volcanoes, several volcanic lakes called lagunas, and small, historic towns in about an hour or less.
Here are some photos from recent day trips we’ve taken to the Mirador de Catarina, Laguna de Apoyo, and the Volcan Masaya. All it cost us was gas money (expensive here) and lunch money (pretty cheap).
Woman serenaded by Mariachi at the Mirador de Catarina (Caterina Overlook).
View of the Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic crater lake. The deepest point of the lake is 200 meters, making it the lowest point in Central America.
View of the Masaya Volcano, an active volcano that emits large amounts of sulfer dioxide gas. Some days are worse than others. We went on a bad day. Our lungs were burning and we couldn’t stop coughing. The park rangers wear gas masks! You can come back at night for a bat cave tour and they say you can see the red glow of the crater when it’s dark.
You know, in case the volcano decides to blow its lid, you might have a 2% higher chance of survival.