Volcano Boarding, Pure Adrenaline Tour
… the perfect exhilarating adventure tour for thrill seekers and those wanting something completely out of the ordinary
Julio Tours will join you at the main gate of the Port of Corinto. Your guide will be waiting with a sign with your name on it. In order to ensure everyone receives the most value from their time please leave the ship and find us in a timely fashion. From here we will drive in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle directly to Cerro Negro. This is the second youngest volcano in the American continent. Cerro Negro is one of the most active and most interesting volcanoes in the region. The altitude is 726 meters above sea level and it is still growing. It was formed in 1850, erupting 18 times since then, most recently in 1999 when it created a new crater at its base.
Once we have reached Cerro Negro just outside of Leon you will be provided with a pack that will contain coveralls, goggles, gloves, elbow and knee pads, a bandana to cover your face and of course your board. You are encouraged to carry your own board but if this is challenging there are locals who will gladly do it for you. Prior to 2009 there was no marked trail. Today this trail is classified as moderate to challenging depending on your physical fitness. The hike from the base of the volcano to the summit will take approximately one hour.
Once at the top, you have plenty of time to walk around the crater and take photos of Nicaragua’s rich agriculture, nestled amongst five other volcanoes. If you look carefully in the distance you can see as far as the Pacific Ocean. The view is truly spectacular, with a myriad of colors in all directions along with the smoke from the gases, this tour is a visual delight and guaranteed to stand out from others.
Getting back down to the bottom is much easier and takes much less time. If you lose your nerve and decide not to board down the side of the volcano you can walk or run down the side of the volcano in just ten minutes. For you adrenaline junkies, boarding down Cerro Negro Volcano is a once in a lifetime story you will tell over and over again to your friends back home!
Once everyone is safely at the bottom of the volcano and dusted off, we will continue back to Leon where we will have enough time for a cold drink while you take in the colonial beauty of the Cathedral of Leon. This incredible church is the “Madre” of all churches. The Cathedral of Leon is the largest and oldest Cathedral in all of Central America and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Centre, and rightly so, it is grand in every way. Depending on the amount of time you have according to your ship schedule, Julio Tours will accommodate you with more or less of the beauty of Leon.
Sandboarding is an “extreme sport” and should only be taken on by people who are fit and in good health, however if you just want to come and observe and be included in the experience without actually sandboarding, you are most welcome.
Your Tour Includes
transportation to and from Corinto, tour guide, admission fee to the volcano, complete gear for sandboarding, beverage and snack
Cost and Transportation
We have a variety of comfortable air-conditioned vehicles to meet your needs (transportation link). All of our vehicles are available for private group tours upon request. The price is determined according to the number of people taking the tour. If your group is small and you would like to reduce the cost, you may want to post an invitation on www.cruisecritic.com or www.tripadvisor.com to see if other passengers on the ship would like to join you.
Toyota Haice minimum 6 persons to maximum 12 persons
- 6 people - $130 US per person
- 8 people - $120 US per person
- 10 people - $110 US per person
- 12 people - $100 US per person
Toyota Prado minimum 1 to maximum 4 persons
- 1 to 2 people - $400 in total
- 2 to 4 people - $600 in total
Payment in US dollars only will be collected by Julio Tours at the beginning of the tour.