Mombacho Volcano, Nicaragua
Hike the Mombacho Volcano
If you’re interested in learning Spanish in Granada, Nicaragua, don’t just bring your ﬂip-ﬂops or sandals, but also bring your hiking boots.
There are no less that 13 volcanoes, strung in a line from north to south, in Nicaragua. All are part of the Paciﬁc Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates are still in motion. But have no fear, most of these volcanoes are inactive or dormant, offering great outdoor hiking adventures — hence the need for those boots.
One such volcano, very accessible from Granada, Nicaragua, was named Mombacho by Nahuatl Indians. I’ve seen various translations of the name “Mombacho”. Call it whatever you like, but be assured that if you visit there you’ll come away with an unforgettable experience.
Just the very steep ride to the top in the nature reserves military type vehicle is enough to wet your appetite for what lies ahead. You’ll stop brieﬂy at a coffee plantation for your ﬁrst scenic glimpse of the surrounding countryside/jungle.
At the top you’ll ﬁnd: An historical and educational talk about the volcano, reasonably priced guided tours, solo hikes, a small cafeteria, and many foto opportunities. You’ll be ready to return to your Spanish classes to relate the whole trip to your professor (all in Spanish of course). Happy trails!