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“Very interesting but watch out for the "sand boards"”

Cerro Negro Volcano
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Cerro Negro and Volcano Sand Boarding from León
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Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua
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Corinto Shore Excursion: Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding Tour
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Panama City, Panama
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“Very interesting but watch out for the "sand boards"”
Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

The way up is not too tough, although it can get windy at the top. Seems like the family who charges to get up there is illegitimaly running the show but not advised to go up without paying!! The stading board is just a fraud, do not get it or u can severely injure urself, its simply not manufactured for that purpose. The other one works just fine. The volcano itself is awesome

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“A bit hyped up!”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

Its definetly a unique experience, and a thing to do while in Leon/Nicaragua, but its a bit hyped up.

If you have done any downhill wintersports (snowboarding, skiing, sledging),
its like that, just scorching hot and with way less control and with a higher probability of getting really hurt. Most people dont, and most people go a bit slow.

Definetely bring a skarf or something to cover your mouth while boarding, or you will be coughing rocks and dust the next couple of hours.

The vulcano itself is cool, and so is the rock formations around it.

Go with Quetzaltrekkers, they have fast boards (new plastic glued on before) and you can go two times, plus the profits goes to charity.

Visited March 2014
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Sebastopol, California
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“una experiencia casi fuera de este mundo”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

good hiking for such a short time, is like been outside of the earth. Be carefull going down on the board, control your speed since the begining.

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Volcano Sand Boarding”
Reviewed 19 March 2014

We did the volcano sand boarding at Cerro Negro and really enjoyed it. The 40 minute hike to the top was challenging but easily achievable if you take your time. The view of the crates from the top was incredible. And of course the sand boarding down was the highlight. You are able to go as fast or slow as you like and it is a great adrenaline rush. Highly recommended.

Visited March 2014
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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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“Pick Up Your Heels and Let ‘Er Rip!”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Volcano boarding down the black ash slope of Cerro Negro is a tremendous experience and is feasible for anyone in fairly good shape. However, it is a long, strenuous hike up a steep, rocky trail. The average age in our group the day we went was about 56 with the oldest being 64. We paused often for rest, and our guide from Tierra Tours kept his eyes on us and asked frequently about our well-being. A constant gale-force breeze kept us cool despite the 90 degree heat. The views from the trail and the summit are breathtaking.

The slope you ride down on a toboggan style sled is composed of very fine, granular ash that is loosely packed. When you walk on it you sink down several inches, as if walking on a soft, sand dune. The course down is devoid of any rocks or obstacles, so crashing is not a concern. Standing at the top of the course, the view down looks steeper than it really is. So don’t be afraid to take off the brakes: pick up your heels and let it rip! I wish I had.

Best travels,

Craig and Donna

Visited February 2014
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