The San Cristóbal is the highest active volcano in Nicaragua. This high, cone-shaped, smoking mountain exhibits all characteristics of a 'traditional' volcano. There are several volcanoes located around the San Cristóbal.
This whole area is often referred to as the San Cristóbal volcanic complex, and it encompasses five volcanic structures. These include, in addition to the San Cristóbal Volcano, La Casita, El Choncho, Moyotepe, and La Pelona. The San Cristóbal is the most active volcano of the group. Gas is constantly emitted by the volcano, and every now and then strong seisms are measured around the San Cristóbal. Ascending the San Cristóbal is one of the most difficult climbs in Nicaragua. The steep slopes make it hard to reach the huge crater. It takes a whole day to ascend and descend the volcano, and you should be in very good condition. This climb is certainly a challenge, but the views of the area and the experience of reaching the crater are surely rewarding. Guides can be found in León or Chinandega.