EVERYONE HAS TRIED SAND AND SNOW BOARDING, BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW WHO CAN SAY THEY HAVE VOLCANO BOARDED?
The Cerro Negro is a young and unique volcano. The steep slopes of this black volcano are void of any vegetation. On and around the volcano is a thick layer of volcanic ash and rocks. It erupted in 1999 and as a result there is volcanic material all around the volcano along with two recently formed smaller craters right next Cerro Negro.
It is only 400 meters high, but when climbing up, the hike up is steep and unpaved. There is just a lone natural path along a rim that leads to the top. It takes about one hour to get to the top, and although a tough hike, the views are very rewarding. The absence of trees and 360 degree view provides an unforgettable vista.
The crater often emits smoke and can be observed from above. The crater rim leads to the other side where the imposing volcanic chain can be seen with several volcanoes (including the Telica and San Cristóbal) lined up one after another. the views are fantastic even from the bottom of the volcano.
One of the volcano’s slopes is too steep to climb – but consequently has been proving popular in recent years with volcano boarders. A sport which has been described as a bizarre and wonderful alternative to snowboarding.
Getting to Cerro Negro from San Juan del Sur: Take a bus or shuttle to Managua. From there you can get a bus to Leon from Mercado Israel for a few dollars, 1 hour 30 min. You can also take a shuttle bus direct from San Juan del Sur. From Leon there are buses that will take you directly to Cerro Negro. We recommend staying in Leon the night before and departing for the volcano at the crack of dawn. It is very hot and Cerro Negro is black, so an early and cool start is the best way to visit.
Travel time: 4 hrs approximately (Times subject to change)