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  • Address: Malpaisillo, Nicaragua
  • Admission: $5

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Cerro Negro Volcano Tours

Ever wanted to sandboard down the youngest volcano in Central America? Just head to Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro Volcano. Looming over the village of Malpaisillo and the surrounding jungle, Cerro Negro pierces the clouds and spurts ash from its black crater.

Part of the Central American Volcanic Arc, Cerro Negro is one of the most active volcanoes in the country. Hiking the stratovolcano is a tough but rewarding 1.5-hour hike that takes you a mile up to the crater. From the top, enjoy 360-degree views of Telica and San Cristobal volcanoes, and get ready for the ride down the 1,640-foot mountain.

To sandboard down the volcano, you’ll need to go with a tour group. Your guide will set you up with a specially-adapted sandboard that can take you down the steepest side of the crater at speeds of up to 60 km an hour. Don’t worry if you’d prefer to take the descent more slowly—you can control how quickly your board goes depending on how you balance, and of course, you can always walk down the volcano if sandboarding isn’t for you.

Practical Info

The site is set 25 km northeast of Leon. Visitors should bring water and sunscreen, and wear sturdy boots for the hike up Cerro Negro. Sunrise is a good time to make the trek, as it’s not yet too hot. The price to enter the volcano (which is a protected area) is US$5 for foreigners.

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Cerro Negro and Volcano Sand Boarding from León, León, null
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Cerro Negro and Volcano Sand Boarding from León

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Join this 4-hour tour departing from León and enjoy a great view and feel the emotion of boarding on the slope of an active volcano. Cerro Negro is one of ...  Read more

Location: León, Nicaragua
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua, Managua, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour from Managua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Enjoy a thrilling sandboard adventure down Cerro Negro Volcano on this day trip from Managua! Hike to the top of Cerro Negro and take in panoramic views of ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.25
Hiking and Sandboarding in Cerro Negro, León, Day Trips
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Hiking and Sandboarding in Cerro Negro

Experience a thrilling unique adventure in Nicaragua: Sandboarding in Cerro Negro! Listed as number 2 on CNN’s “Bucket list of things to do before you die”, ...  Read more

Location: León, Nicaragua
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.00
Corinto Shore Excursion: Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding Tour, León, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Corinto Shore Excursion: Cerro Negro Volcano Boarding Tour

Climb and descend Nicaragua’s most active volcano. This is the youngest active volcano in the Western Hemisphere. From the top, you will have an incredible ...  Read more

Location: Corinto, Nicaragua
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.44
Private Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour, Managua, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding Tour

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Feel the adrenaline boarding a volcano! Climb a steep and ‘difficult to walk’ volcano of 500 meters high and descend it in less than 10 minutes! Begin the ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro and Las Peñitas Beach Tour, Managua, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro and Las Peñitas Beach Tour

The perfect activity for the adventurers! What is Sandboarding: an extreme sport that consists in descending the slopes of black sand of the active volcano ...  Read more

Location: Managua, Nicaragua
Duration: 7 to 8 hrs

From USD $120.00
León Full Day Sightseeing Tour, León, Attraction Tickets
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León Full Day Sightseeing Tour

León is the main city of the northwest part of Nicaragua, a colonial town with the architecture and chilled lifestyle of centuries past. It´s part of the ...  Read more

Location: León, Nicaragua
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.00
Cerro Negro Hiking and Sand Boarding from León, León, City Tours
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Cerro Negro Hiking and Sand Boarding from León

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Tear down the side of an active volcano in this adrenaline-inducing volcano boarding tour. Learn about the history of Cerro Negro in a hike to the top and ...  Read more

Location: León, Nicaragua
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.00
Private: Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding from Granada, Granada, Adrenaline & Extreme
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Private: Cerro Negro Volcano Sandboarding from Granada

Sand board an active volcano on Cerro Negro's sandy slopes that await you! Climb a volcano at 500 meters high, and descend it in less than 10 minutes. Begin ...  Read more

Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $79.00

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