Our group of intrepid explorers left behind Lake Nicaragua and headed west, past the city of Masaya and into Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya (Masaya Volcano National Park). Our tour bus made the uphill trek to the active Santiago Crater of the Masaya Volcano. The highest point here is 2,083 feet/635 meters, and that is marked with a large cross which may to reached via a staired walkway..
Arising from Santiago Crater are enormous clouds of sulfur dioxide, which our guide warned us to avoid breathing as much as feasible.
That proved no easy task, as the winds were variable and seemed to follow you around as you dodged the cloud both left and right. But, all in all, the gases weren’t nearly as bad as you might think. You could detect a slight sulfur smell, but it wasn’t overwhelming. Nevertheless, if you have asthma or other breathing condition it’s recommended that you keep your distance.
Santiago Crater has been continually emitting sulfur dioxide for hundreds of years, and the volcano last erupted in January of this year.
Some more images of Santiago Crater at Masaya Volcano: