Long Walk, Mombacho Volcano

The Sign
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Although we did not take the long walk, the short walk shared part of the same trail (the red line to the right on the sign) and then back along the top line to the biological station.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:24:24 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0695
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A Huge Leaf
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A huge leaf (almost a meter long) bordered the tail.


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Stairs Upward Into The Fog
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A view of the stairway trail that led up the side of the volcano to one of its rims.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:30:25 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0702
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A Wild Orchid
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One of several wild orchids observed growing wild alongside the trail.


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The Isletas of Lake Nicaragua
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From the top of the volcano, the Isletas of Lake Nicaragua internal link could be seen in almost their full splendor.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:41:49 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0725
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Guide Showed The Path
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The guide showed the map to both our group who took the short walk, and to the to men standing, who were about to embark on the long walk.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:53:50 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0737
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Entrance To The Long Path
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The entrance to the long path was marked with signs that warned in both English and Spanish to, "Do not enter the Puma trail without a Guide."


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:54:00 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0738
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Spider Web
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A spider web by a platform used for taking in the view was covered in afternoon dew from the fog that was present at that altitude.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 13:59:33 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0678
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Steps Through The Jungle
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Along one part of the trail, a gentle staircase led up through denser jungle as we gained altitude and reentered the cloud forest.


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Poison Berries
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Along part of the trail where it crossed a tiny stream, these blue colored berries grew on a low bush near the water. The guide picked them up using a leaf to show them to us. They were so toxic that even just touching them was dangerous. They had been so well hidden that when the guide put them back we couldn't see them, even when bent close to look.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:12:14 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B11_0743
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A Small Wild Orchid
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A small orchid that grew just off the trail. The guide had to lead a few of the group into a tight grove so that we could see and photograph it.


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Grasshopper
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A grasshopper hid down inside a leafy plant. For the casual passer-by, this grasshopper would have been invisible.


Long Walk Around The Volcano   •  Mombacho Volcano external link   •  Granada, Nicaragua   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 21 December 2011)   •  (Photo taken 14:18:57 Tuesday 15 November 2011)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #B12_0748
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