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“Great volcano boarding experience” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bigfoot Hostel
Ranked #3 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Leon
Sherbrooke, Canada
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47 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great volcano boarding experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2013

Didn't stay there, but booked the volcano boarding tour. Wasn't sure at first because of safety reason, but finally it is as secure as you want it to be ! It's possible to go slow and safe if you want... or fast and crazy !

Well organized with truck ride to go, suits, boards and beer coming back if you are able to drink it on the bumpy road !!!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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carlosjmelgar, Guest Relations Manager at Bigfoot Hostel, responded to this review, 4 March 2013
Safety is always the #1 concern with our Volcano Boarding tours. You can make it is extreme or as chill as you want. Our guides are all trained to instruct on the safest methods for riding the boars and we provide protective gear to reduce risk. The beer and mojito are the perfect cap for this experience, it brings everyone together to mingle and share travel stories.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

Where to start? This place is absolutely amazing and a must stop for any backpacker in Central America.

Incredibly clean (literally they mop non-stop here), friendly staff, great atmosphere, everyone is having a good time whether it be chilling with friends over a beer or one of the fantastic mojitos at this place, playing pool (or playing in the pool :D ), jenga, darts or chess. One night they even got a drinking game going that got almost everyone in the bar involved, it was absolutely nuts. Amazing night.

The rooms were nice, not expensive. They have their own cafe in the hostel serving local dishes and western staples like pizza, hamburgers and french fries. I highly recommend the Nacho Libre Pizza! SO GOOD!

Of course the reason most people come to Bigfoot is for the Volcano boarding which was an experience. They take you out to the volcano in the back of a big orange truck, and then once you get to the volcano you hike up it and sled down. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and fun. He taught us everything and answered all our questions, I mean really, you are climbing up an active volcano to sled down it, can seem kind of freaky, but it was a once in a life time thing (maybe, might come back and do it again). So worth it!

All in all a great place to stay, I recommend it to anyone planning on staying in Leon.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

A bar with friendly and helpful staff, cleaners sweeping the floors every (!) five minutes and good comfortable beds. And ofcourse, THE place to go vulcano boarding, as must-do when you're in this part of the world.

Ross my tourguide was great. Good, straight forward and even facts and fun things to know about the vulcano you're hiking up that morning/afternoon. Great photo's were shot and published for free on the Bigfoot Facebook page, check them out! The beers after the boarding were more than welcome, not even spoken of the free mojito!

From a backpacker on a (little bigger) budget, this place is a no-brainer. Just make sure you don't miss out the experience! Go Bigfoot, GO!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kingston, Rhode Island, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

Awesome experience here. Nicaragua is an amazing place. Get the mojitos! Volcanoboarding is a must, it was featured on ESPN once. Food was good, the dorm style room was nice. Oh and they have a huge set of jenga blocks haha. I had a great time, I would recommend Bigfoot to any backpackers traveling through Central America.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jimmy D
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Lucerne, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2013

because we arrived late, we took double w private bathroom for $US 26 on the first level beyond the restaurant. the room appeared quite new and clean. the hostel is great, there's a nice bar and a great restaurant (dont miss the pizzas!) and nearby a chillout area with darts and pool table to use for free. we slept well, at 11pm everything shuts down at the bar.
although a convenient place, we found we overpaid our rooms, stayed only a night longer because we were too lazy to change. for $26 i'd expect a bigger room, or at least towels and a mirror.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandro Z
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Borgo, France
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

You enter and come immediately at the heart of the hotel, its bar, its cuisine and pizza oven (They are all delicious!)
Then the pool will be pulling for you some degree of shoulder ... Barbecue in case you come across an evening Surf and turf (lobster grilled).
I was there for the Superball, and I could be in a good pub in the U.S.!
But just in the main Downhill on a volcano!
The equip the hotel brings you to this crazy avanture aboard their truck orange road!
Then arrive at this "big pile of black gravel" you take a good shot of adrenaline has more than 70kph (85 for me) down for a minute!
And you come back for your new friend chill witch with a free Mojito In the hammock or around the pool!

Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

This was our starting off point for our travels in Nicaragua, and it really set a great tone for the trip: It was clean, comfortable and fun!

The hostel is surprisingly large, and all amenities are communal, but it's beautiful and very well kept. There are women constantly mopping (literally) so the place is spotless. The common areas are comfortable and there are plenty of people around to meet and play games with, and there are also enough quiet corners if you need to indulge in a little down time.

Location is very central and convenient. There's a little travel desk right in the hostel to help you make the most of your time there. Many nights of the week they have a shuttle truck to the bars, and they're very helpful with giving advice, information and arranging whatever activities you're interested in.

The owners are young, down-to-earth and clearly love what they are doing!! It was amazing meeting them, and I think everyone should stay there simply to support them!

We actually canceled another reservation in Leon to stay at Bigfoot longer, we were just enjoying it so much.

I will say that our private room was very basic, but the bed was comfortable, the place was very clean, and really what more do you need?? The only area needing improvement was the showers - peeling plaster and lines of little black ants made the experience a tad uncomfortable.. If that was given a quick facelift I would give this place 100% all around!! (Although it definitely wasn't enough of a drawback to not return there or recommend it.)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank McKinnley P
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Property: Bigfoot Hostel
Address: Del Banco Procredit 1/2 Cuadra Sur, Leon 21000, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Leon Department > Leon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 61 Speciality Lodging in Leon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
More than a hostel,a complete backpacking experience. Local and traveling volunteers. Staff are thoroughly trained and dedicated to making this your home away from home while visiting beautiful colonial leon! Guest kitchen is fully equipped. Billiard table,, variety of games and multiple routers for wi-fi access. ... more   less 

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