Land of Volcanoes, Leon

Trip Start Oct 06, 2006
Trip End Sep 14, 2008

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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Land of Volcanoes, Leon

The first stop in Nicaragua was in Leon, a nice university town with colonial buildings , the largest cathedral in Central America , and lots of culture and adventure activities. I spent a week there with a day at the tropical beach of Peñitas 40 minutes away from town, hiking and sleeping at the crater of Volcán Telica, and Volcano Boarding down the lava slopes of Volcán Cerro Negro. Check out the pictures in case you are not sure what Volcano Boarding is. Supposedly near Leon is the only place in the world where you can skid down the side of a volcano at speeds up to 60 km/h with a modified plywood board and a piece of plastic on the bottom for speed, a safety suit and goggles. If you attempt this activity please be careful not to crash or you'll come back with parts of your body shredded from the volcanic rock. Once again the fun factor outweighted the risks involved and it was indeed a fun time without any injuries.
A group of young travelers I met from Holland (Tijs), Denmark (Malene), Elise (Usa), Jenny (England), Itay (Israel), and Yours Truly (Austria)  decided to go on a 2 day hike to the crater of Volcán Telica and spend the night there under the guidance of a non-profit volunteer organization named "Quetzaltrekkers" who use their profits to support streets kids and children at risk in Leon, Nicaragua. What an amazing hike it was for a good cause as well. The active volcano with its 90 degree crater  walls was probably one of the coolest places I have climbed to. Imagine laying on your stomach at the edge of the crater, staring with amazement down a crater more than 100 meters deep, seeing and smelling sulfur and lava, and hearing a noise like as if there was a strong river going by caused by the boiling lava beneath. This mountain is alive and an incredible sight! Check out the pictures!
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