Without doubt, one of the most eagerly anticipated things to do on the Central American backpacking trail is volcano boarding in Leon, Nicaragua.
Bombing down a volcano that you’ve just hiked, at 70 km per hour, on a piece of wood, terrified for your life – what’s not to love?!
How To Book it
There are an array of tour companies in Leon who organise the volcano boarding – so it’s a case of taking your pick. I advise being lazy like myself and outsourcing the semantics to your hostel/hotel owner who will happily organise this for you with one of their guys (ours didn’t charge us for this).
We weren’t so lucky with our guide. He was bit of a space cadet who didn’t even have any tips on how to navigate the board. I think he may have been high, in all honesty.
I wish I remembered the tour company’s name so I could tell you not to go with them. Regardless, we had fun and the travel bucket list got a big fat tick in the box for volcano boarding.
Your host will pick you up around 8am and you’ll hike up to the top (roughly 45 minutes). You’ll be carrying your own boards and there is a sneaky steep part half way up – so it’s a decent little workout too.
Don’t Surf, Use Your Bum
I know, I know. Surfing is a lot cooler and seemingly more daring than surfing on your bum. Because of the terrain of the volcano – it’s actually slower to surf than to spearhead down on your arse like an unapologetic legend.
And trust me, you go fast enough!
You only get one chance to do this, as hiking back up takes too long. You can use your feet as a brake, but then you risk spraining your ankle, getting volcano burns, or even worse…losing man points with your mates 😉
So hold on tight, don’t break, focus on your core for strength and direction. And most importantly…have fun!
Song For The Moment – “Speed Demon,” by Michael Jackson
“Got fire in my pocket
I just lit a rocket”