Volcán Maderas: Santa Cruz to Balgüe
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Maderas is now officially a national park, which will hopefully encourage preservation of the thick forests. Maderas is a pleasant volcano to climb, since you hike in the shade, and is less demanding than its truly active twin, but a guide is now obligatory since a pair of hikers got lost and eventually perished on the mountain.
But even if you’re not a peak-bagger, there’s lots to do here, starting with a visit to the fields of old petroglyphs, a relic of the island’s Nahuatl past; dipping into the natural springs at Ojo de Agua; sunning and splashing at the beach at Santo Domingo; mountain biking down the rutted roads to take a coffee tour, horseback ride, or kayak trip.
In addition, a host of unique places to stay (many based on working farms, some using permaculture and principles of environmental sustainability) are fun and interesting.
© Randall Wood & Joshua Berman from Moon Nicaragua, 4th Edition