Backpacking, Central America, Nicaragua

Leon, Nicaragua – Volcano Boarding and The White Cathedral

Leon is one of the biggest, but also safest cities in Nicaragua. And apart from being a student city with possibilities for good partying, Leon is also known for its beautiful cathedral Cattedrale di León and for the possibility to slide down the nearby volcano Cerro Negro. Here ill briefly tell you how to do both, in one day if you want to.

Vulcano Boarding

Cerro Negro is an active volcano with its peak 728 m above the sea level, located outside Leon. It’s famous for the popular activity of sliding down the side of the volcano on a board.

There are many organizers offering the activity prices ranging from 25-35 dollars. They all offer more or less the same service, barefoot hostel being one of the more expensive ones, gives you a t-shirt as well as measure what speed you go down the volcano side. I choose one of the cheaper tour operators but have no complaints about it. 

You’ll be picked up by the agency early in the morning and driven to the summit of the volcano. From there you’ll be walking up to the crater of Cerro Negro carrying a bag with all your great, as well as the board you’re be using. The hike up is pretty easy and takes about an hour. When you’re at the top you’ll have time to check out the crater, the hot and smoking (!) Ground and the beautiful view before you’ll all line up and head down the side of the volcano one by one. It’s a quick ride down, bit definitely worth it. You’ll be back at your hostel around 1 pm. And if you feel like it, you’ll be able to check out the cathedral.

Bring: Sunscreen and something to cover your mouth and face with, the rest of the gear will be provided.

Cattedrale di León:

This white beautiful cathedral can be found in the city center right at the main square. You can go inside it all day, but the access to the roof only opens at 2 pm. So if you feel like checking out the cathedral after the volcano boarding that’s fully doable. While waiting for the rooftop to open, check out the market located behind the cathedral. Here you’ll be able to get a traditional, affordable Nicaraguan lunch.

I recommend being on the rooftop as it opens so that you have to chance to check it out before it gets too crowdy. The access cost about 3 dollars and gives you permission to walk around on the roof barefoot for 25 minutes. Enjoy the beautiful view of the rooftop and the city!

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