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“Amazing crater but...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mombacho Volcano

Mombacho Volcano
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Turrialba, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Amazing crater but...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The ride up was fun, in a 4WD truck, but was a bit of an indulgence at $16 a head. Still, we timed our trip a bit late, and walking up looked like a bad idea as the day wore on. At the top, we we're told that to walk the longest trail you had to pay another $17 mandatory fee for a guide. Cheeky. So we went ambling around the rest of the crater area and had a great view and saw our first fumaroles (volcano farts!). Despite the cost, they have not been investing much in upkeep, and I hope that they do, as paths are getting quite eroded, and the tree filled main crater really is stunning.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Sam C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This was one of our best days out in Nicaragua.
Beautiful scenery, wild flowers and a great hiking trail El Puma.

Visited February 2014
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Madison, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Mouth of Hell?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Well, if this is hell...it is a place well worth visiting. We went during Holy Week and could not do the night time tour that includes bats and cave hiking because it was closed due to the busy week ... that is something I may just have to return to Nicaragua to do! Katia at Nicaragua Adventures and their wonderful guide Ramon made this a day to remember. Only downside...hell indeed involves a little sneezing from breathing in the sulfur!

Visited April 2014
Thank Melarcy
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Sure, it's cool, there's a nice, short hike through the jungle, and good views of the lake, volcano, other volcanoes, Granada. But it's not 'Jesus-Christ-slap-me-in-the-face-that-was-amazing'. My big gripe is that they charge you a $16 entrance fee (which includes mandatory truck transport up a steep road), and then when you get to the top they hit you up again to pay for a mandatory hiking guide. First they said there were a maximum of 5 hikers per guide at $17 per group, and we talked this down to $2 apiece for 10 hikers with one guide for a 90 minute tour. The main trail (Puma Trail), which is the star attraction of the Reserve, is currently closed to entry. So you end up paying for a guided hour and a half hike on top of the exorbitant entrance fee. Of course, this isn't a ton of money, but this isn't exactly an all-day activity, and this is a country where most things don't cost a whole lot. There are a lot more impressive places in Central America at a better value. I think they're really milking the hell out of this one.

Visited April 2014
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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Walking on cloud 9”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A lovely tour at the top of an active volcano, where at 1150m above seawater, you are up among the clouds. It is quite cool and windy up there, so a pullover would not go amiss. Walk through damp rainforest and then out into open mountainside littered with field orchids and pock marked with vents, which range from mildly warm to scalding hot and sulphurous. From here you can get fantastic views of Granada, the volcanic islets of Granada, the Apoyo lagoon (a crater lake) and the smoking Masaya Volcano. Then down to the coffee plantation where you can have a light meal and a tour and finally back at the bottom where you can do the zip lining and canopy walk. Zip lining was awesome, though for the faint-of-heart you may want to stay away from the superman and upside down flights.

Visited April 2014
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