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“Hiking a real active volcano”

Masaya Volcano National Park
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
“Hiking a real active volcano”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

Masaya Volcano is an interesting site. We have driven up close to the rim and then follow the stairs to the top for an bird eye view. Masaya continually emits large amounts of sulfur dioxide gas, coming from the active Santiago crater, that might bother your breathe. Stay within the pathway and don't venture to close to the rim.

One interesting story that I've learned from a local is that when Spaniards came to this area and approached the mouth of the volcano, they were sure that gold is is there to be be taken. So they rappeled down into the crater with buckets to collect the incandescent gold, which was just pure lava....Most of them haven't got the chance to return.

Visited April 2013
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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“A large, active volcano”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

We were able to drive up to the rim of the volcano. There was a lot of earth displaced by the last major eruption. The caldera is huge. There are active steam vents, which can make visibility an issue. We were able to see enough of the caldera to be very impressed. The surrounding park has several lava flows and large rocks that were part of the last major eruption.

Visited October 2013
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Very Cool”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

The museum isn't much but to be able drive up to the edge of the volcano and look down into it was something you don't get to do very often. $10 to get into the park. Small price to pay to see something so unique.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Kyle T
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“Loved it”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Masaya Volcano, you can drive right up to the rim of this active volcano. But when I was there the volcano was smoking and smelling a little bit of sulfur. Usually there is a night tour but not for the past few days because the smoke has been too thick and you cannot see down to the lava inside. Since I was the only one camping there after they closed for the day I did drive up to the rim and looked for myself. They were right just smoke, no glowing lava but a good sunset. I had the whole park to myself. It is undoubtedly worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Carol B
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Franklin, North Carolina
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“Good volcano experience”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

As others have said, it is extremely cool that you can go right to the edge of an active volcano. There is no way that would happen in the United States! If they have night tours (we heard they temporarily stopped them), I would recommend taking one of them in order to see the lava. However, the view into the crater is worth seeing regardless. The visitor center is well done and worth stopping at before moving on to the crater.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Deborah G
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