Check out the video below of the last eruption of Masaya Volcano in June 2008:
You can organize a tour of the volcano, national park, the old market in Masaya, Laguna de Apoyo and the pottery town of San Juan de Oriente with a bilingual guide.
The Masaya Volcano National Park comprises an area of 54 km² and includes two volcanoes-Volcan Masaya and Volcan Nindiri- and five craters.
The volcanoes have erupted several times in history, and were feared by both the indigenous people and the Spanish conquerors. The Spanish baptized the active volcano "La Boca del Infierno" or "The Mouth of Hell". They planted a cross, "La Cruz de Bobadilla" (named after Father Francisco Bobadilla), on the crater lip in the 16th century in order to exorcise the Devil.
The park lies less than half an hour away from Managua and 10 minutes drive from Masaya. From the entrance of the park it is 5 kilometers uphill to the Masaya Volcano, located in the center of the park. Visitors can drive uphill themselves or ask a taxi driver to drive to the crater.
Hiking uphill is another option, but it takes a while and the road is steep.
Visitors can peer over the edge at the Masaya Volcano, and look into the impressive crater, which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases. From this central crater it is possible to start hiking to other craters or viewpoints. Be sure to walk a bit up to get a view of the smoking volcano and the fascinating surroundings. There are several trails that lead to other great views, other craters, or to the Tzinaconostoc Cave in which hundreds of bats house. These special trails vary in distance between 1.4 and 5.9 kilometers and are all guided, with prices between C$10 and C$20 per person. Each trail takes between 1-1½ hour. An interesting and well-equipped visitors center is located halfway up to the volcano. The center provides information about the Masaya volcano, but also about the other volcanoes in Nicaragua and related geological processes. Visitors can also learn more about the flora and fauna of the park.