Volcano boarding, a relatively new extreme sport, has gained great following among thrill seekers across the world. The prime destination for this burst of insanity – Cerro Negro, Nicaragua.
The soot-colored Cerro Negro volcano, the youngest in Central America, has in its lifespan of 160 years erupted 23 times, the last being in 1999. But don’t let this little tidbit dissuade you from the ride of your life.
Tours starting from León transport visitors 16 miles to Cerro Negro, and take them on a one-hour hike up the rocky side of the volcano. The views of the crater and the steep incline may inspire fear in some, but the panoramic vista from the top is a sheer delight.
Volcano boarding is like snowboarding, except on a volcano. And Cerro Negro is perfect for this amazing thrill, with its penny-sized volcanic grain making it uniquely possible to sled down on a wooden board. The slope is steep, the speed high, and the ride is insanely fun.
The volcano boarding gear provided by tour operators is usually a plywood board, its base covered with a thin layer of metal, and attached with a rope to hold on for dear life. A protective suit, goggles and gloves are part of the deal too. For the meek among us, there’s the option of hiking or running down the slope, less exciting but just as gorgeous.
So if the thought of racing down this giant volcano on a piece of wood sounds appealing to you, head on down to León, Nicaragua and book yourself on a tour to Cerro Negro. It’ll set you back $28.
Not a bad price for a truck load of adrenaline, huh?