Exploring the volcanoes of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a geological hotspot — 19 volcanoes are strung across the west coast of this Central American country. Some produce apocalyptic acid rain, a few harbour orchids that bloom for a single day, others have churning lava lakes, plenty are smoking, many are tranquil. But all have played a part in literally shaping the country.

Photo gallery: Exploring the volcanoes of Nicaragua

Nicaragua is a geological hotspot — 19 volcanoes are strung across the west coast of this South American country. Some produce apocalyptic acid rain, a few harbour orchids that bloom for a single day, others have churning lava lakes, many are tranquil. But all have played a part in literally shaping the country.

Nicaragua: Coast to coast

Once the watery heart of colonial Central America, the Rio San Juan in Nicaragua was the main corridor between the Caribbean and Pacific. The Panama Canal reduced it to a sleepy backwater, but this mighty waterway remains an unspoilt haven for wildlife

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Nicaragua: Volcano boarding

Good grief, that's steep. About 41 degrees, Roger helpfully informs me before pulling a jumpsuit out of his bag. I'm going down Nicaragua's Cerro Negro the speedy way, on the board I've spent the past 45 minutes or so lugging to the top.

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