Staying cool in the hottest months
When Semana Santa (otherwise known as Spring Break) hit Granada, Nicaragua this year, I decided we needed a plan to give ourselves a rest from the constant heat. Ironically, this led us to visit a volcano. Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve was a great solution for getting outside and recreating in nature without feeling the burn.
When you arrive to the top of Mombacho Volcano which has several craters you will appreciate that you are now in a cool, breezy, cloud forest full of tropical canopy and exotic critters. It’s like someone has suddenly turned on the air conditioning. This leads to a boost of physical productivity! Watch your kids take off down the trail….
Check out more fun on the Mombacho trail in this quick video. We did this trek with Martha and Sam of Nicaragua Immersion Tours and the boys did great hiking together the whole 1 1/2 hours around one of the craters.
Definitely bring lots of water and a lunch. There are benches along the way where you can stage a picnic on your journey.
Take the Reserve’s public transport up the volcano to where the trails start. It’s expensive to bring your own vehicle up to the top and you really need four-wheel drive and some knowledge of that particular road to do it confidently. There are some snacks sold at the bottom and the top of the reserve if you need to top up supplies.
Entry fees with public transport are a little steep for visitors without a residency card ($20 for adults, $10 for kids) but get much better once you get your residency ($8 for adults and $4 for kids). Find more info at: Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve