MASAYA VOLCANO AT NIGHT!
VOLCAN MASAYA AT NIGHT
Volcán Masaya is one of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes, with an elevation of 2,083 ft. and steep interior walls of 984 ft. This volcanic complex contains several summit craters, including Santiago crater, which has recently experienced a surge of activity, causing its enormous lava lake to rise significantly. The churning molten lava is now visible (and audible) for visitors to experience first hand! It has been 25 years since Volcán Masaya’s lava lake has been visible from the summit.
About 6,500 years ago, one of our planet’s most violent and destructive eruptions occurred at this site, releasing enormous amounts of energy and spewing columns of gas and ash up to 35 miles. This cataclysmic eruption created the 33.5 mile-wide ancient caldera which now encompasses the Volcán Masaya National Park. Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Eco-lodge is perched on the rim of this ancient caldera—which is the reason for our spectacular vistas!
Soon after the Spanish arrived in Nicaragua, Volcán Masaya’s activity was first documented (c.1525). Although the lava lake has been visible from the edge of the crater’s rim many times over the last 500 years, the lava lake has over-topped Masaya’s craters only twice since that time. Both of these lava flows occurred on the northern side of the complex, once in 1620 and again 1772. (To assuage any fears you might have, Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Eco lodge is located on the southern ridge of the National Park, immediately above the Masaya Lagoon, at a 3 mile distance from the active Santiago Crater.)
Due to the volcano’s recent activity and increased public interest, the National Park Service now strictly limits night-time access to the Masaya Volcano, issuing only 100 entry permits per night.
Our Volcán Masaya at Night Tour departs from the Hacienda at 3:30 PM and returns about 9:30 PM. Your Tour Guide will escort you to a popular local restaurant where you can enjoy typical Nicaraguan Cuisine. Please note that food and beverages are not included in any excursions.
Visit the rim of the active Volcán Masaya! After a 30-minute drive to the park entrance, we will wait in our vehicle (approx. 30 min.) for our turn to ascend. After a 15 minute ascent by vehicle, we will disembark at the rim. Once at the summit, Park Rangers will allow us to peer into the “mouth of hell” for about 20 minutes from a designated viewing area. Hiking or exploring is no longer allowed. For the last decade, Santiago crater has been constantly emitting plumes of sulfur dioxide, (which can be seen from space). Since that time, prolonged exposure to these gasses at the summit has not been recommended.
Duration: 6 hours
Market/Volcano Tour Departs by 3:30 PM. “
Tour includes: Transportation from Hacienda Puerta del Cielo to the city of Masaya to visit Masaya’s Artisans’ Market, transportation from Masaya to Volcan Masaya National Park, entry fees and transportation to the summit of Volcan Masaya to peer into the active “Santiago Crater.”
Departure: Night Tour departs Hacienda at 3:30 PM and returns approx 9:30 PM. Dinner away. (Please note that the cost of food and drinks are not included in the price of any of our excursions).
Cost: US$149.00/one person touring alone; US$99.00/per person (in a tour group of 2); US$89.00/per person (in a tour group of 3 or more)