Volcano Boarding in Nicaragua | If you want to look like a Guantanamo inmate speeding down a volcano on a sled, climb up the Cerro Negro in Nicaragua. This volcano is just 160 years old and primarily made of small grains of black rock. It last erupted in 1999. Cerro Negro measures just 728m. The hike to the top takes about 45 minutes, the slide down 5, depending a bit on your speed. 85 km/h are realistic when leaning back. Your center of gravity will then be lower and concentrated on the back of the slide. This creates less friction with the ground. The rocks are not as slippery as snowflakes. It’s harder to take turns. Those plywood pieces you get provided by the tour guides from nearby Bigfoot Hotel have metal layers. To give riders some more speed, there is also a piece of formica plastic glued to the metal. Now the physicists among you might already guess it: The plastic needs to be replaced after each run because it completely burns off.
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Location: Cerro Negro Volcano, east of Leon. Preferred host: Bigfoot Hotel, because they provide you with the stuff you need to sand board, a.o. funny orange suits. Cost: $28, including $5 park admission. Dorm rooms at the hostel cost $6 per night; double rooms: $13; room for four: $28. If you like it a bit more elegant: the neo-Classical Hotel La Perla offers 15 modern rooms around a lovely courtyard or pool, at US$80.50 including breakfast.
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