Cerro Negro Volcano
Cerro Negro Volcano
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Rowan H
By Rowan H
More than just volcano boarding
5.0 of 5 bubblesOct 2022
Located a 45 minute drive outside of Leon the volcano of cerro negro has become synonymous with volcano boarding - an activity where one slides down the gravelly/sandy side on a plank of wood. Despite its proximity the roads that lead to cerro negro aren’t great and so public transportation isn’t really an option here. I would also avoid coming here in anything less than a 4WD. There is no store here either so if you want to do the volcano boarding you need to come on a tour. A few companies run tours with the lions share of the market being held by ‘volcano day’ tours. Bigfoot hostel and quetzeltrekkers also offer it but volcano day would be easily 90 per cent of the market. They do it for 35 USD and this includes a beer and t shirt/singlet. I think one of the other companies may do it for 30 but you’ll need to shop around. You are taken there in the back of a flatbed truck. From the bottom you are given a bag and your board and you carry this up the side of the volcano. Although the volcano boarding gets all the accolades the view from the volcano is sensational. We were able to see out to the Pacific Ocean and all the way to the north of the country and the Honduras border. You can also see a number of volcanos in the distance. Cerro negro itself is quite an interesting looking volcano too - appearing devoid of any vegetation. The boarding is easy enough to do. You can go as fast or as slow as you want by using your feet. There is some danger there but it’s minimal. They give you gloves, overalls and googles at the top. Strangely no helmet though (this feels like an oversight). If you go quick you’ll end up covered in black dust. Overall a must do activity in Leon and I’m not surprised that this tops the current TripAdvisor list.

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Nelson G
Ohio26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
We had a great time enjoying the beautiful views! The hike up is fairly easy and takes about +/- 30 minutes. Coming down is much quicker;)
Written 30 October 2022
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,675 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Located a 45 minute drive outside of Leon the volcano of cerro negro has become synonymous with volcano boarding - an activity where one slides down the gravelly/sandy side on a plank of wood.

Despite its proximity the roads that lead to cerro negro aren’t great and so public transportation isn’t really an option here. I would also avoid coming here in anything less than a 4WD. There is no store here either so if you want to do the volcano boarding you need to come on a tour.

A few companies run tours with the lions share of the market being held by ‘volcano day’ tours. Bigfoot hostel and quetzeltrekkers also offer it but volcano day would be easily 90 per cent of the market. They do it for 35 USD and this includes a beer and t shirt/singlet. I think one of the other companies may do it for 30 but you’ll need to shop around.

You are taken there in the back of a flatbed truck. From the bottom you are given a bag and your board and you carry this up the side of the volcano. Although the volcano boarding gets all the accolades the view from the volcano is sensational. We were able to see out to the Pacific Ocean and all the way to the north of the country and the Honduras border. You can also see a number of volcanos in the distance. Cerro negro itself is quite an interesting looking volcano too - appearing devoid of any vegetation.

The boarding is easy enough to do. You can go as fast or as slow as you want by using your feet. There is some danger there but it’s minimal. They give you gloves, overalls and googles at the top. Strangely no helmet though (this feels like an oversight). If you go quick you’ll end up covered in black dust.

Overall a must do activity in Leon and I’m not surprised that this tops the current TripAdvisor list.
Written 14 October 2022
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Gladys C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
Once in a lifetime adventure. Cool, competent guides. Felt safe the whole time. There were backpackers, families with young kids and even an elderly man doing the volcano boarding so anyone can do this! I wished we could’ve gone faster. Overall, the guides (Sam and Kasha) were amazing!
Written 20 July 2022
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Bryan
Calgary, Canada9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We did our private tour with Franklin and Victor from Vamos Tours. See the website down below. They were amazing and we actually added on another 1/2 day tour after sandboarding. I would recommend them as they do a lot of different types of tours around Nicaragua. Franklin is very knowledgeable about the area and the history of Nicaragua. Victor is a great driver of his Toyota Land Cruiser and gets you everywhere safely.

A few comments on sandboarding: I booked late and as such was not able to get in touch with most tour groups for a next-day sandboarding adventure. Although very happy with our "private tour" of 2 of us (my wife and I) I would say that we paid about $30 US more per person than if you book ahead with a tour operator that does group tours (6-20 people). Take a look at some of the comments for sandboarding and see what people on larger tours are saying.

For the actual experience, the hike up Cerro Negro carrying a board is a relatively moderate effort. There are a few steep parts and the wind was howling at the top which we were told is quite rare. We are both in pretty good shape so it wasn't too much of a struggle. Just saying so that you know what you are getting into. Our guide offered to carry my wife's board so that she effectively didn't get blown off the mountain. Once at the top we parked the boards and hiked a bit longer so that we could look down into some other craters off to the sides. When we got back to the boards we changed into some coveralls, added gloves, and goggles and got ready to go. The guide does a bit of explaining and then runs down a couple of hundred feet with your camera so that they can take some video of you coming down.

Overall I was happy that we both did the tour BUT you don't go nearly as fast as you think that you should (or want to)(your weight plus the rocks coming over the top of your board slow you down significantly), it is over in a few minutes as opposed to the time it takes to hike up, and we could only do it once. Several friends have told us that you can do it as many times (usually 2) that you want in the time allotted. Not worth $60 for an hour of experience but definitely worth $30 for the chance to tell your friends that you tobogganed down a volcano I would say.
Written 20 April 2022
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Guro H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Very exciting, nice and talkative guide, and beautiful view! The hike was not to long, a bit steap, and the view was so worth it all.
Written 15 April 2022
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Monika Thielke
Las Vegas, NV622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
On my Day trip to Leon I had sandboarding included. The hike up Cerro negro took about an hour. There are parts that are more difficult to climb - so be in good shape for this activity.

The view from the top of the volcano was absolutely stunning. I took it quite slow on the sled like divide i had to slide down the hill. Enjoyed it though.

Ensure to put on a lot of sunscreen - my neck and forehead got burned a little.

My tourguide carried my board for me A I am glad he did - usually you can hire someone to do that for you for around $5.

Fun trip - I recommend
Written 17 March 2020
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,655 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We ventured up this volcano as part of a Volcano boarding tour with Volcano Day. To get there you need to take a bumpy dirt road for a couple of km, so not advisable if you are planning to get there on your own with a hire car. It is a moderate hike up to the crater rim that takes around 45min with a couple of breaks along the way. The views over the valley and along the line over other Nicaraguan volcanoes is quite spectacular. The side that you board down is steep however it isn't as scary as it looks and you have control of the speed that you go. Boarding is the best way to experience this particular volcano.
Written 16 March 2020
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Afish1
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Book the volcano boarding with Quetzaltrekkers - firstly, they donate most of your money to their scholarship scheme for nicaraguan kids, for the same price as other tour companies ($30 inc park entry). secondly, you go an hour earlier than all other tour groups so we didn’t have to wait for others to go down, we were the only ones up there the first time. It’s also a lot cooler. i dont know how big their groups can get, but there were only 5 of us which was perfect. They also offer for you to do it a second time, which is worth the extra hike up!
Written 7 March 2020
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Josie G
Victoria, Canada16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
So fun! Not too hot (we were worried about heat) because it was windy and elevated. We liked our guide and felt safe the whole time.
The hike wasn’t too long and the sliding was very fun. Prepare to get ASHY!
Written 17 February 2020
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carlotatrx
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain445 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Very interesting landscape. I went with a volcano boarding group which I think loses all the beauty the volcano has : it destroys the frozen lava and creates paths. People from these trips can be nasty and leave trash in the volcano, or smoke cigs in dry areas , without the guides saying anything. That pissed me off because I think it really contributes to the destrection of the untouched beauty.
Written 27 January 2020
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