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Cerro Negro Volcano

Department: León

Municipality: Larreynaga-Malpaisillo (view on map)

Type: Volcanoes

Height
675 meter
Volcano Type
Stratovolcano
Latest Eruption
1999

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  • Alyssa wrote on Jan 9, 2014:

    i am very confused is Cerro negro a cinder cone or a strato pls write me!! b4 the 13th!

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  • Alcela wrote on Feb 28, 2013:

    LOL

  • Piper wrote on Dec 13, 2012:

    i like the pictures becasue they show how nice and cool Ometepte, Nicaragua. And i like how you put information next to the pictures.

  • salmita mejia wrote on Oct 4, 2012:

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  • eduardo moraga wrote on Apr 5, 2012:

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  • anna wrote on Mar 28, 2012:

    who told you that it was a stratovolcano!?

  • irias francisco wrote on Mar 27, 2012:

    please leave me information on the stay in la maquina

  • ana wrote on Oct 13, 2011:

    nacio en el 13 de abil en 1850

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  • Rachel wrote on Nov 9, 2008:

    You actually CAN climb the steep side of the mountain, if you're in for a good workout.
    That truly gives you a sense of accomplishment.
    All you need is to pace yourself.

    Buena Suerte!

  • Donna Watkins wrote on Mar 20, 2008:

    Climbing Cerro Negro was awesome! I was certainly say....pile on the sunscreen. I am paying the price; blisters on my shoulders.

    Also, if you decide to board down the ash.....be sure you have upper body strength because you may have to carry your board the whole way!

  • Kristin Van Cauteren wrote on Nov 27, 2006:

    CLIMBING THE CERRO NEGRO IS EASY.THE CLIMB TAKES ABOUT 30 MINUTES AND IS NOT THAT STEEP.BUT THE VIEUWS ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL AND YOU CAN SEE THE OLD LAVA GLIMMERING ON THE SLOPES OF THE VULCANO.IT'S VERY INTERESTING BECAUSE THIS VULCANO IS FULL OF LIFE.YOU CAN SEE THE STEEMING CLOUDS AND SMELL THEM.THE GOING DOWN TAKES 10 MINUTES, EVEN WHEN YOU ARE RUNNING VERY SLOW!

  • andy wrote on May 21, 2006:

    hi,
    pretty much the same advice as the others. sun lotion and lots and lots of water! we caught the bus from leon to malpaisillo early in the morning, had a pretty large meal there to stock up and set off on the 10km walk to the cone. long, straight sun drenched dirtpaths so it is very tiring. found a guide, who led us up to ascend the cone. this was less tiring than the walk from malpaisillo! stunning views of sorrounding area and previous lava flows. an absolute must if your in the area. the rubber on soles of my boots began to melt at the summit, and the sulphur in places was unbearable. 10 minute descend was definately the highlight tho. enjoy.

  • Gerrit wrote on May 27, 2005:

    Climbing the Cerro Negro is really great. I'm not such a climber, but I took a more or less easy way up. And for sure, there is also a faster but more or less killing way up (but as I said, I'm not such a climber). The view is breathtaking and the volcano itself is quite special with nothing else than the volcano. And please take water and sun protection with you. If you're on top look down at the slope and imagine how it would be to go down by bike. I was told a Frenchman did it twice. Others seem to return to earth by a (sort of?) snowboard. Don't take this as an advice to go up with a bike or snowboard because it really must be dangerous. So just think of it.

    Have lots of fun!

  • Lotte wrote on Apr 29, 2005:

    Yeah, its clever to protect yourself against the sun. Otherwise, it will be 'Let it burn!'

    The Cerro Negro is a beautiful volcano. On the top, the surroundings are amazig. Its like another planet! Never seen this nice things before!
    The nicest way back is there were the stones are like gravel. You can slide down like ski-ing. Don't do this at your ass, because your pair of trousers are worthless afterwards.... ( very funny!)

    Good luck!

  • Jeronimo wrote on Apr 16, 2005:

    Hi guys,

    If you're around Leon, you should climb this amazing vulcano! You'll find your way up climbing over hot vulcanic rocks and after taking some 'fresh' sulfurous breaths, the way down (wich you'll probably do running)is even more exciting.....

    My free but important advice :
    If you start climbing early in the morning, you can enjoy your afternoon in the citycenter of Leon watching the people walking by; otherwise (and in my case) you'll be laying down on your Leon 'hotelito' bed, dehydrated and tired for the rest of the day......

    Have fun!

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Description

The Cerro Negro volcano is a young and unique volcano. The steep slopes of this black volcano lack any vegetation. On and around the volcano lies a big layer of volcanic ash and rocks. An eruption in 1999 has left a wide border of black, volcanic material around the Cerro Negro and there are two smaller craters right next to the volcano which were recently formed.

Climbing the Cerro Negro is not like any other volcano in Nicaragua. The volcano is only about 500 meters high (675 meters above sea level), but the ascent is steep and tough. There is no paved trail; just a merely natural path along a rim that leads to the top. The ascent takes about one hour to the top, and although it requires some effort the superb views are certainly rewarding. The absence of trees provides fantastic scenery, and upon reaching the top visitors have a 360 degree view of the area.

The crater – often emitting smoke and gas – can be observed from above, and the crater rim leads to the other side where the imposing volcanic chain can be seen with several volcanoes (including the Telica and San Cristóbal) lined up one after another. You will enjoy the view before starting the descent. This is a whole other adventure by itself.

One of the volcano’s slopes is too steep to climb – but consequently great for a fast descent! Instead of large rocks this side only has volcanic sand, providing a great surface for running downhill. This thrilling experience takes less than ten minutes before reaching the bottom, but for the less athletic hikers it is also possible to walk more slowly while again enjoying the superb views. Alternatively, experienced snow- or sandboarders can use a wooden board to go downhill, much like snowboarding down a mountain but now on a volcanic slope! In any way, the Cerro Negro provides a unique and intense experience that can be enjoyed by anybody in a fair shape.

Practical Information

The most important difficulties are the heat and intense sun. Be sure to bring enough water and sunscreen but most importantly plan this trip as early on the day as possible. Travel around sunrise to climb the volcano when it is still warming up. It is furthermore useful to bring good clothing: a pair of pants and solid hiking shoes or boots to provide protection against the sharp volcanic rocks.

Visitors should be in a fair shape and able to hike a steep, rocky path. The whole hike (ascending, exploring, and descending) takes relatively a little compared to other volcanos, making the Cerro Negro more accessible than many other, higher volcanoes which require much longer hikes.
The volcano is located in a rural area, 25 kilometers northeast of León. The unpaved, sandy roads that lead to the volcano should be traveled in a high-clearance vehicle. Hiring a guide is highly recommended to reach the volcano and its summit easily and safely. Tour operators in León offer tours to the Cerro Negro, including transportation.

The price to enter the volcano (which is a protected area) is US$5 for foreigners and US$2 for Nicaraguans.

Getting There

The Cerro Negro can be reached by taking the bypass road from León that leads to the highway to Chinandega. Only a couple kilometers from León there is a sign pointing to Lechecuagos, a rural community, and there is also a sign that indicates the Cerro Negro. From here the road is unpaved and signs are set up in the direction of the volcano. Sometimes roadsigns are missing in this maze of sandy paths, so be sure to ask around whenever the direction is not clear.

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