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Nicaragua is just a brilliant country to travel in, there’s no other way to put it. I loved my time traveling through it, even the pretty horrid sixteen hour mininbus from Roatan in Honduras all the way through to my arrival in Leon. Leon is one of the main travel hotspots in the whole country, and of all the things to do here, there is one thing on everyone’s lips – VOLCANO BOARDING. volcano boarding

Ok, so here’s the deal. Just outside Leon there is a beautiful volcano than you can hike up one side, and then ‘board’ down the other side. And it’s pretty bloody awesome. I went with Tierra Tours and they were excellent.

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The day trip starts around eight AM, the bus picks you up from your hostel and drives you to the office. At this point you have to decide whether you want to ‘surf’ down the volcano, kinda like snow boarding, or sit on a larger board and whizz down the volcano on your bum. Now, I know that surfing sounds so much cooler but please, please listen to me here – DON’T CHOOSE TO SURF. The volcanic discharge isn’t conducive to surfing so you can’t get much speed going, whereas on your bum, you can race down the thing at 70km per hour – really. It’s insane.

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So after you’ve choosen your bum board, you drive on a very bumpy, unpaved road for around an hour. Then you have to hike up the volcano for about forty minutes, carrying your board – this is actually quite tough. The scenery is absolutely beautiful though, so it’s a really nice hike.

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Once you’re at the top, you see the route you’re going to whizz down, and omg it’s steep, really steep. I was actually scared. But being a wanna-be alpha male I naturally volunteered to go first, and off I went.

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I can’t really stress just how quickly you actually go. You’re free to use your feet as a brake, but again my ego didn’t let me do that, so I picked up more and more speed until I was legitmately going around 70km per hour with nothing separting me from the ground until I hit a bump and face planted all the way to the bottom of the volcano. Epic, epic crash, and loads of fun.

The aftermath of my face planting into the volcanic ash
The aftermath of my face planting into the volcanic ash

You only get one shot at coming down the volcano because it takes too long to hike back up, so give it all you got – this activity was literally one of the highlights of my entire central America jaunt, it’s that good. So check out Tierra Tours, pay $35 and enjoy the ride. Happy travels.

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6 thoughts on “Volcano Boarding in Leon, Nicaragua

  1. Hello stoners, If you are in Leon, Nicaragua searching for some quality time with good weed and other party stuffs in Nicaragua … Hit up our local weed guy at ( green420days@gmail.com ) for help.

  2. I found out about this watching Survivor: Nicaragua a few years ago as it was a “Reward Challenge” prize. And what a reward! Watching that episode and reading travel stories, like yours, really wants makes me want come here within the next couple of years once I can fit it into my travel schedule. You should try sandboarding, too, if you have not already done so! How long does it take to hike up the volcano then if you can only go down once?

    1. takes more than thirty mins buddy, and you gotta lug your board with you so it’s quite tiring, but fun 🙂 I hop eyou make it here, so much fun 🙂

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