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© Mike Oldridge
How to do?
1. Rent a car to get from Leon to Cerro Negro. Head east of the city past farms where potatoes, peanuts and sugar canes grow. The bumpy road will take about an hour.
2. At the end of the route there is the National Park (the entry fee is 149 NIO). Here you will see a cone-shaped Cerro Negro volcano, completely covered with black slag. And here you can rent all the equipment you need - a board for sliding, goggles (so that the slag pieces do not hit the eyes), one-piece costumes and gloves to protect from damage.
Photo: Vulcano hiking, © Sean Taylor
It would be helpful to cover your face with bandanna, if you do not like the taste of volcanic dust in your mouth.
3. While hiking to the top, you will feel the heat coming from the volcano (ascent takes 40-60 minutes). The volcano's crater is not flooded with lava - only the smoke reminds that the volcano is active and an eruption can start at any moment. Moreover, it`s inclined to it - 23 eruptions took place there for the last 150 years. The last one was in 1999.
Photo: At the top, © Trevor Ambrico
4. You can go down both standing and sitting on the board (if you sit, the speed is faster - up to 80 km per hour). The volcano is relatively high - 728 meters, and the steepness of the slope is about 40°, therefore descent takes only 45 seconds. You can set the board to the desired direction with the help of reins.
Photo: Descending the volcano, © Guillaume Baviere
Where to do?
The youngest volcano in Latin America. It got its name - Black Hill - due to the black pieces of basalt and other volcanic slag.26