By:Jordan Adkins / Inspiredbymaps.com
Part One of our epic volcano day was a Nicaragua Volcano boarding tour that began with a bumpy 4×4 trip across a rugged lava field to arrive at Cerro Negro – the youngest volcano in Central America having first erupted in 1850. While Cerro Negro is also one of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, with its latest eruption occurring in 1999, this is surprisingly not actually it’s major draw card – Yup, as I’m sure you already guessed, Cerro Negro is home to the infamous Nicaragua volcano surfing (or more accurately, volcano boarding!). Due to the unique topography and prevailing wind at Cerro Negro there is one entire side of the volcano covered in only light ash and very fine rocks, perfect for hurling yourself down at break-neck speeds like a hooligan. Whoever tried this idea first must have been certifiably insane but let me tell you – this is a thrill seekers dream!
Peering over the edge of the crater, the volcano seems to drop-off into mid air! It’s intense, it’s nerve-wracking and after a quick safety lesson and gearing up – It’s all YOURS! 30 seconds is all it takes (if you really go for it!) but it’s an experience you will remember for a life-time. Ash and dust flying up at your face as you tear down the crater side like a bat out of hell. Remarkably, this is not as dangerous as you would think – in large part due to the safety lessons, ‘operating guidelines’ and gear provided by Volcano Day. No one in our group of 12 sustained any injuries, but let me tell you … If you go with many of the less scrupulous operators, you could easily end up worse for wear. Fair warning!
The hike up is beautiful and breezy in the morning, complete with plenty of rest-stops, hilarious information and one of the best guides around (Said!) – not to mention Volcano Day have a high-quality DSLR camera *and know how to use it*, ensuring everyone gets some great pictures going up and down the volcano! This is really important as, trust me, you do not want to take a camera or phone up with you. Not only is the volcanic cone magnetised but the fine, black sand from Nicaragua volcano surfing will get everywhere. In you mouth, your hair, your socks, your underwear. E-V-E-R-Y-W-H-E-R-E!! Which is why its great we had time when we got back to town for a free beer, a quick shower and a bite to eat before continuing on to the second volcano of the day (a.k.a how to see lava at an active volcano!)….
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