Next up on our epic Volcano Day – another of Nicaragua’s most active volcanoes – Telica! Having most recently erupted in 2015 (and having a few small burp’s since!) Telica reminded me of Mt. Ijen and it’s blue lava in Indonesia, except Telica actually had bright red lava and thanks to the prevailing wind – we were only breify covered in the steam coming off this gorgeous beast. Telica is about 1.5 hours away from Leon so by the time we arrived the scorching midday heat was starting to subside and we had a nice, casual walk of around an hour up to the crater. The cone is devoid of almost all vegetation thanks to those frequent eruptions but you can still find the odd lizard and spider if you look hard enough.
We reached the top of this spectacular volcano still in day-light so we were able to get an *incredible* view down into Telica’s crater. And it was really erupting! Gas and steam vents clouded the air, the mountain rumbled consistantly and you can make out the blackened lava oozing out from deep within the earth’s core. Yup, now you know the secret of how to see lava at an active volcano! This isn’t even the scariest part – it’s that there is no barrier to the crater and a preciptious drop down to almost certain death if you get to close. A spectaclur and unique experience like no where else in the world…but it’s not over yet!
As the sun begins to set, we head around the side of the crater to have an earth-shattering sunset over the Nicaraguan volcano chain – including the tallest, San Cristóbal Volcano. Check out the picture’s if you don’t believe me, there’s a reason why many a people propose to each other here. With the Pacific Ocean in the distance, a consistent breeze and no mosquitos, I honestly cannot think of any better sunset in the world. Big claim right, but I am supremely confident your Telica volcano sunset hike will live up to it!
After one of the best sunsets in the world, we made our way back to Telica volcano and managed to see the erupting lava at night. The night sky was tinged with red and the lava became far more visible, similar to Masaya Volcano near Granada, but closer and far, far less touristy! If you’re not ready for the adventure to end here, you can also opt for an overnight Telica Volcano Experience and wake up to the lava and sunrise too! So I guess that makes it an epic Volcano Day and Night! If you only go for the day however, now is time to come – We were a little sad to leave the fires of hell behind us, but completely exhausted from two volcanos in one day we headed back down in the dark, back to Leon and fell straight asleep!
You can see the original article in: Inspiredbymaps.com with all the amazin pictures they take