Operated by Quetzaltrekkers
This hike leaves around 03:30 and arrives around 13:30
This one-day trek gets you to the top of the highest volcano in Nicaragua and back to Leon, all in the same day. Our trek begins in the Quetzaltrekkers office at 3:30 am. We’ll have a hearty breakfast with plenty of coffee and get on the road early to beat the heat. One hour in private transportation brings us to the base of the volcano. We arrive at the Finca of Don Candido, a local farmer with endless stories of growing coffee next to an active volcano. We stop for a quick bathroom break before beginning our ascent of steep slopes of San Cristóbal! As we pass above the tree line, the slopes reach an angle of almost 35 degrees until no trees remain on the black, volcanic gravel. After two - four hours of difficult hiking, we finally reach the peak of Nicaragua’s highest volcano at 1745m. We enjoy astounding views of the neighbouring volcanoes, as well as the northern plains and Pacific Ocean. If sight and crater stability permit, we explore the numerous sulfur vents in the 600m wide crater area. The loose gravel that made the trek so hard now rewards us with the fun of sliding and jumping down the volcano with giant leaps. We make our way back down to Don Candido’s farm, eat lunch and return to León in the afternoon via private transportation to recover from a long, but unforgettable day.
Everytime you book with us a portion of the booking fee goes to Niños de Guatemala.
This hike is operated by QuetzalTrekkers.
If you cancel your booking before 6pm the day before the hike you will receive a full refund. Cancellations after 6pm will receive a 50% refund. For this hike we need a minimum of 2 people signed up. If you happen to be the only person signed up for the date requested, we will let you know by 6pm the day before the hike, and either offer you a refund or schedule you for a suitable day.