On day five we made the trip up the slopes of the 4,409 foot Volcan Mombacho to hike Sendero El Crater, an extinct crater in the cloud forests of Mombacho. The road up was very steep and was one way only with only official transports being allowed up the mountain. Vehicles were either going up or coming down.The road was much to narrow for two way traffic.
Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I am very familiar with the temperate rainforests that comprise the coastal range in Oregon and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I was struck by how much the tropical rainforest reminded me of those forests yet was so very different. The photos below are meant to illustrate just how lush these forests are
I am no expert on the flora of tropical rainforests but I do appreciate the beauty I saw around me. Many of the trees were so laden with epiphytic plants that they were creaking and groaning under the weight. Many trees that had fallen did so because they had literally tons of plants growing on them and could no longer support the weight. The picture below is an example of a tree covered in epiphytic plants.
While we were up on the mountain we were able to observe some bird-banding and Bill Volkert got to free a Wood Thrush from a mist net in order for it to be banded.
When we left Volcan Mombato, we returned to Granada for lunch and tehn a few of us went down to Lake Nicaragua and drove along the beach looking for birds.
There was a lot of action down on the beach that was not bird related.
The following pictures show the market in the town center in Granada in the evening.