I was looking forward to today, our last in Granada. We had planned on hiking on Volcan Mombacho in the morning and then zip lining after.
Our driver showed up at 7:45 to take us to the Volcan Mombacho starting point. From there, we piled in a large transport truck with seats for 25 or so people. We climbed up the side of the mountain on roads which are steeper than a lot of roller coaster hills I've been on. It was warm at the bottom but chilly at the top. As we all disembarked from the truck, most folks, me included, donned our jackets for our hikes.
Extinct crater on Volcan Mombacho
At the top Mike and I were given a guide for our 2 1/2 kilometer hike around the top of the mountain. At around 1,200 meters the top of the mountain is a cloud forest. There were ferns, vermiliads and other interesting plants along the path. Our guide pointed out the fumaroles (steam vents for the volcano) and the extinct craters we were hiking around. There were excellent views of Granada and the surrounding countryside - including Lake Nicaragua. By the time we finished, my legs were a little sore but not horribly so.
View of Lake Nicaragua from Volcan Mombacho
Part of our hike
After our ride back down the mountain, our driver dropped us off for our canopy tour on a coffee plantation at the foot of the mountain. I have previously zip lined but Mike hadn't. I was interested to see what he thought of it.
I had a blast! It was just Mike and I which made it easier for the guides to show us a few tricks. When I zip lined in Costa Rica I was part of a large group. The guides were busy making sure everyone got on the lines so they didn't have time for anything extra. Here, our guide even took our cameras and took photos for us! I'll definitely look back on those photos and smile, nearly as much as I did while flying 'Super Girl'!
Flying upside down on the zip line
When we got back to the hotel, we decided to try to hit up a couple of sites we couldn't see earlier in the week. We were hoping to climb the bell tour of one of the churches that was closed on Sunday. The doors were open this time but the caretaker was nowhere to be seen to allow us to climb the stairs. We're now 0 for 2 on this site.
After stopping by a tour company to get some answers on our next destination, we headed back to the hotel to cool off and rest for a little bit. We were drawing to the end of our time in Granada. We ended the evening with dinner and a couple of beers on the Main Street where restaurants have tables set out and there is music playing everywhere.
All in all, a good day. Now for bed before heading off to our next stop and some Volcano Boarding!