Forming part of the San Cristobal volcanic complex, El Casita is a volcano well-known in Nicaragua. It was here where the destructive mudslide during Hurricane Mitch originated. Nowadays, the impact of this tragic event can still be seen. The combination of this historic background and the natural beauty of this steeply sloped volcano make El Casita an interesting visit. With a height of 1,450 meters and limited access, the volcano offers a challenging climb.
The dirt-road to the Hurricane Mitch Memorial Museum starts at Km 115 of the highway from León to Chinandega. The museum is located at some 7 kilometers from this highway, and can be accessed with a low-clearance car. However, during the rainy season the road can deteriorate and a higher clearance vehicle might be necessary. There is no public transportation to this site, so the other option would be to hike from the main road. The foot of the volcano is some 3 kilometers from this museum.