So after arriving from my unexpected journey in El Salvador to see the hobbit it was time to do something a little more touristy in Leon Nicaragua.
While in Leon I stayed at Bigfoot hostel who are famous for inventing the sport of volcano boarding. What is Volcano boarding you might ask? Well it involves climbing up an active volcano and then sliding down the side of it on a wooden board. Just like you would a giant sand dune.
Sounds a little insane right? So I signed up for $25 USD and a bunch of us piled onto the back of an old Russian army truck headed to Cerro Negro one of the youngest and most active volcano’s in all of Central America.
After getting to the volcano we grabbed a beer and our board and started he 1 hour and a half climb up the mountain.
The walk up the volcano was fairly easy and we got some awesome views and I even got to pose for some really cheesy tourist shots
It was pretty surreal being on top of an active volcano. There were points where you could dig a few centremetres under the rock and the ground was visibly hot to touch.
Either way with all of the tourist shots out of the way it was time to do what we came here for which is boarding down.
We all donned our orange scientist protective suits and glasses and we were off.
In terms of what the experience of volcano boarding is like. I’d say its very similar to boarding down sand dunes.
I couldn’t tell you how fast I was going but the tour guide said that the record speed they had was over 90 kmph by someone.
After we were done we all got on the truck had another beer and returned back to the bigfoot hostel where we were greeted with 2 free mojito’s.
This was definitely one of the most random cool things I’ve done on my trip and i’d highly recommend anyone in leon to give it a shot.