"Masaya" Departamento de Masaya by paradisedreamer

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We took a tour from Granada to see Masaya Volcano and to visit the market.

During the pre-Columbian age, Masaya Volcano was on object of veneration by the indigenous people. They believed the eruptions were signs of anger from the Gods and to appease them they offered sacrifices, which often included small children and maidens. We did warn the girls that they be on their best behaviour! They then planted a cross, "La Cruz de Bobadilla (named after Father Francisco Bobadilla). It was placed on the crater lip in the 16th century in order to exorcise the Devil. The cross is still there but you can’t climb up to it because of landslides.

  • Last visit to Departamento de Masaya: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 22, 2005
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  • mircaskirca's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2010 at 12:03 AM

    Lovely little page, Sarah! I can't wait to visit Masaya next week. Oh, these clay pots look beautiful! The only problem is we can't take them with us when travelling.

  • Apr 11, 2006 at 4:32 PM

    Hi Sarah, I will be visiting Granada and want to take a trip to Masaya. I tried to find your advise on how to get there, but could not find it. Can u tell me the best way to get to Masaya from Granada? U can email me at yoonz_roolz@yahoo.com. Thanks, CY


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