Volcano Boarding at Cerro Negro in Nicaragua
Located just outside of León, Nicaragua is Cerro Negro (Black Mountain), a volcano in the Cordillera de los Maribios mountain range. Cerro Negro first appeared in April of 1850 and is the ‘youngest’ volcano in Central America. It is quite active and has erupted 23 times in its short history, most recently in 1999.
The most popular activity these days has been Volcano Boarding, where adventure seekers can strap on a board or ride a modified sled from the top of Cerro Negro. Experienced riders have been clocked at 50 mph (80km/h) as they cruise down the rough and rocky 41 degree slope.
Below you will find information on Volcano Boarding in Cerro Negro along with pictures and links to the main tour providers. Enjoy!
- Youngest volcano in Central America, first appeared in 1850, has erupted 23 times since as recently as 1999
- Approximate height is 2,400 ft (731 meters)
- At its steepest the slope is about 41 degrees
Getting to the top of Cerro Negro
- There are three main tour operators (list below) with daily trips to Cerro Negro
- Cost for half-day adventure is around $30 USD ($5 of cost is the national park entrance fee)
- 40 minute drive from León to base of Cerro Negro
- Followed by a 45-60 minute climb to the top
- Approximate 45 second descent depending on your speed
- Over 17,000 tourists to date have boarded down the Cerro Negro volcano
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