Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mombacho Volcano, Jicaro Island Ecolodge

The Mombacho Volcano is a huge stratovolcano bordering Lake Nicaragua, close to Granada. The islets in the lake, called Las Isletas, are thought to be the result of an eruption of Mombacho thousands of years ago. Nowadays, Mombacho is quiet. Dense forest dominates the slopes, providing panoramic views for all who can see this volcano, including the guests at Jicaro Island Ecolodge.

Mombacho is probably the most accessible volcano in the country next to the Masaya Volcano. From the main road guests of Jicaro can reach the entrance of the volcano, where a truck provides transportation from the base to the top of the volcano, an impressive journey it itself. You will pass several types of ecosystems while ascending this steep volcano. From tropical dry forest you will move into a semi-deciduous tropical forest and around the summit you’ll be immersed in a highly productive wet tropical forest, also called cloud forest. On the highest peaks you can also observe a dwarf forest, where trees never grow tall because of constant strong winds.

These various ecosystems and types of vegetation make the area rich in biodiversity. There are also several animal and plant species endemic to the volcano region. Guests have the opportunity to observe all this beautiful nature by walking around one of the four craters. Several good trails have been set up providing magnificent vistas and offering various possibilities for spectacular hikes around this volcano. Learn more here.

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