DAY 1: SAN CRISTOBAL VOLCANO
Climbing San Cristóbal volcano is one of the most difficult exercises in Nicaragua. The steep slopes make it hard to reach the active crater. It takes a whole day to climb up and down, and you have to be in excellent physical condition. Although the climb is certainly a challenge, the views of the area and the experience of reaching the crater are very rewarding.
A 4wheel drive truck will pick you up at your hotel in León City, passing by Chinandega and the La Bolsa Community, up to the starting point, Las Rojas Farm, at 500 meters above sea level. From this point we continue walking through a dry tropical forest and a petrified pine forest. It will take us 4 hrs to reach the volcano’s top where we explore the magnificent crater and enjoy a great view over a large part of the Pacific rim of Nicaragua. We enjoy a scenic hearty lunch on top of the volcano. Finally we will take the trial back to the farm where your vehicle picks you up to take you to your next destination, the active Telica volcano, where we set up our first campsite.
DAY 2:TELICA VOLCANO
Hiking Telica volcano is fairly easy with several stops from where you enjoy impressive panoramic views. Just seeing the crater’s walls rising from far distances is quite impressing already.
After sunrise, breakfast and breaking up camp we hike up for about 2 1/2 hrs to reach the top of Telica Volcano. Here we will have the chance to explore the inside of the spectacular active crater and take the best pictures of the volcano and surrounding areas. Then we move on into dense vegetation and descend to the San Jacinto Village, a two hours walk from summit. Next to San Jacinto there is a volcanic field with several small craters, probably interconnected with Telica and Santa Clara Volcano. The field is interesting to explore on foot, you can look inside the small craters and observe the colorful boiling mud. Sometimes the craters throw small rocks in the air and steam is continuously emitted from the holes. We will have a hearty lunch in San Jacinto village.
Finally we leave San Jacinto to continue our trek by following another trail up to Rota Volcano, which measures about 832 meters. This is another Protected Area with some well preserved areas and a reasonably well kept trail. Here we set up our second overnight camp.
DAY 3: CERRO NEGRO VOLCANO
Today, after a campsite breakfast we walk down for about 4 hours towards Cerro Negro Volcano, passing by a rural area characterized by subsistence farming. Cerro Negro is considered a young volcanoes, formed about 160 years ago, erupting 18 times since then. At this moment its elevation is 726 meters / 1878 feet, above sea level. The volcanic activity has made it impossible for trees and plants to grow on the steep black slopes. Once on top, you walk around the crater and enjoy a panoramic view of surrounding volcanic structures. Going down is a lot easier, as you can run down the sandy slope and be at the bottom within 10 minutes. The same slope is being used to practice the extreme sport Ash boarding. After reporting our visit in the park ranger station based at the button of Cerro Negro we eat lunch and continue our adventure to El Hoyo Volcano, a 3 hours walk from Cerro Negro. On top of El Hoyo we will set up our camp for tonight.
DAY 4:El HOYO VOLCANO
At sunrise we start descending El Hoyo volcano back to Cerro Negro to catch our private transport and drive for 2 hours straight to the base of Momotombo Volcano. From here on we follow one of the many continuously ascending paths which will lead us during 3.5 hours to our campsite located on the upper tree line. We’ll have lunch on the way up. We will also visit a Geothermic Power Plant, which generates 70 Megawatts of thermal power.
DAY 5: MOMOTOMBO VOLCANO
After a hearty breakfast we get ready to continue our challenge, moving on into the toughest part of the hike at Momotombo Volcano, the fifth tallest volcano of Nicaragua (1297 meters / 3891 feet). Momotombo is considered the most impressive and representative volcano of Nicaragua, having been active since 1850. From the top we’ll have truly amazing views, including into the active crater itself, the neighboring volcanoes, Lake Managua, and much more... Late afternoon you return to the colonial city of León or to Managua, filled with emotions and lasting impressions.
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