Telica Volcano

Telica Volcano, Leon: Address, Telica Volcano Reviews: 4.5/5

Telica Volcano
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Very good

Matt P
9 contributions
Feb 2020
I hiked the volcano solo taking a local bus from Leon terminal heading to San Jacinto. Hop off the bus here and head to the Hervideros de San Jacinto and pay a C70 entry fee for foreign tourists. I used the Maps.Me app which has a trail on it, its pretty easy to follow from here. it took me about 2:45 hiking up, I spent about an hour and a half exploring around the creator and having some lunch and headed back down towards Santa Teresa, it took about 2 hours coming down. The trail this way leads right to a bus stop. I only had to wait 5 minutes to flag down a chicken bus heading back into Leon. Total cost 12c each way for the bus and 70c entry. I heard you have to pay a 100c fee at the top but I was the only person there when I went and didn't see anybody else. Highly recommend this hike, take lots of water!
Written February 2, 2020
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Munich, Germany23 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We hiked Telica during the day which was stunning! We took a San Isidro bound chicken bus at around 8:30am from the main bus terminal in Leon and got off at San Jacinto (20-30 minutes; 12 cordobas per person). There is a comedor and a pulperia in San Jacinto in case you need food or water.
We walked to the entrance of the sign-posted 'mud pools', paid US$ 2 entrance fee per person and asked the girl working there about a local guide. It only took 2 minutes for one to appear and we agreed on US$ 25 in total for the return hike. It's possible to hike Telica on your own, however be prepared to get lost several times at 35^ Celsius as the path is not clearly marked. We weren't up for that plus the money directly supports the local community.
It's a 2 hr easy but boiling hot walk to the volcano and another 1.5-2 hr hike up the volcano. It's not that steep, however you're fighting the heat from the sun plus the heat from the ground. So cover your heads and bring minimum 3 liters of water per person.
The highlight was the plateau area at the top. You'll see a smoking crater and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding area. We had to pay US$ 3 per person to enter the plateau area, but it's well worth it and the only reason to go thus far!
We ate our packed sandwiches at the top, walked around and relaxed for an hour before starting the descent (3 hrs). We were back in San Jacinto and took a bus back to Leon at around 5pm. We were told that the last Leon bound bus passes by at around 6:30pm.
Written March 11, 2017
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Magda D
10 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
We did the trip by ourselves without any guide in August 2016. We took a chicken bus to San Jacinto where park entrance is located. The fee is 2$ to enter the park and you start hiking through farmers fields and you go around the first hill, behind which you see the volcano Telica. There were no other hikers and the trail was not always properly marked. Everytime we saw any farmers, we assured about the way. In the end we got lost only ones for extra 40 minutes. It took us all together 4 hours up and 2,5 return. I must admit, it was a very challenging hike especially due to the hot weather. Bring lots of water. The view on the top is terrific with crater and smoke coming from plus the mountains and pastures around. We especially loved the fact that literally noone was around except for the cattle.
Written October 3, 2016
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Anna v
Amsterdam, The Netherlands17 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
As described previously, you can easily organize a hike up Volcano Telica yourself!

No need for organized tours. Just bring plenty of water, food/snacks, sunscreen and some cordobas.

Start by taking a minibus or chickenbus to San Jacinto (24 or 13 cordobas respectively). Head for the bubbling mud holes ($1-2 entrance fee), you can't miss them. Kids will ask you to take them as a guide. I would skip that and head in yourself. Because right after the gate someone will ask if you need a guide for the hike up (which you do, don't go on your own). Settle a price (we paid around $25-30 for 2) and hike!

Beautiful! You walk through fields of corn and beans, flowers, forest, stunning views and you greet many local villagers heading down on horseback or ox wagons. Took us 3 hours up and about 2 hours down.
Tough hike, but very much worth it! And a rewarding Toña awaits you at the local road cafe when you are back and wait about 10-15min for your return bus.
Written January 4, 2016
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Henni T
Toronto, Canada17 contributions
Apr 2017 • Solo
I have lost count of the number of volcanos I scaled, but this was one of my favourites. Weather permitting you can see lava flow and bubble in the crater. One step too much and you're gone. I recommend 'Volcano Day' Tours as the outfitter to book with.
Written April 22, 2017
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Toronto, Canada18 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
Telica... what a ride for the sunset hike. The road out to Telica is definitely an experience and kudos to the drivers for doing this in the dark. In kms, the drive doesnt seem far but the road... and this is a road with lots of farms and family houses along it. Would love to see what it is like in rainy season. The hike takes you up the active volcano on a rocky but well marked path, and takes appropriately 30 min - 1 hr definitely on your pace and ability as you are predominantly going up (limited switch backs}. Opportunity to look at the active volcano and luckily for us, the wind moved the gases away from us. A local is waiting there to provide a pop or beer should you feel the need. From there you hike a bit further around then pull up a boulder, your dinner and watch the sunset. After sunset, you hiked down in the dark so bring a flashlight. Quite an enjoyable evening. We did it after the Cerro Negro hike in the morning.
Written March 17, 2017
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Snezana R
Worksop, UK25 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
We decided for a tour with camping overnight. We were told walk will be 2 hours. It was 4. Very hot, humid and very little breeze. But totally worth it. One of these best sunsets I have ever seen. Camping on active volcano is one of a kind experience. Be prepared for long hot walk.
Written January 8, 2017
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San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua13 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
This is by far my favorite volcano in Nicaragua. You can do tours where you hike from the very bottom and stay overnight (I recommend Purpose Driven Tours, you get to see the poor school on the volcano that their profits go towards), or just go for the sunset. The view is AMAZING - looking to the left and right you see a line of many volcanoes. The crater is awesome, it's so cool to see how the sulfuric gas has morphed the rocks inside to look like something from a different planet. There is a cave you can go into where hundreds of bats fly out of right before sunset - so crazy! Then you get to watch a beautiful sunset, made even better by the smoke changing the colors in the sky. Once it gets dark, you can see lava glowing through the cracks in the bottom of the crater! It's epic. Then if you stay overnight, and there are no clouds, you get the pleasure of a wonderful starry night. This was my favorite volcano in Nicaragua, and I visited several. Don't leave Nicaragua without doing this!!! **Overnight tour with Purpose Driven Tours HIGHLY recommended
Written July 26, 2016
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Berlin, Germany24 contributions
Feb 2016 • Solo
I loved this tour!! Highly recommend and the guides at Quetzaltrekkers were amazing. They let me take my time and were really knowledgable
It's a little steep at the beginning but if you take your time you are fine even if you are a little unfit like me. Then you see the crater, and a short walk to watch the sunset over the most amazing view whilst eating dinner provided. Going back down with a flashlight was easy .
I was so impressed with both tours I have done with this company I have booked the overnight trek too.
Great experience.
Written February 1, 2016
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Alkmaar, The Netherlands14 contributions
Dec 2015 • Couples
We took a local bus for 12 Cordobas to San Jacinto, where the mud holes are. There local guides offer to take you up the vulcano. We went with Francisco, living in the last house to your right before the entrance of the mud holes.

We walked passed nice farm lands for of corn, beans, palms and all kind of wild flowers. Past other volcanoes towards Telica. The climb is partly covered by trees what makes it a little easier. We went round in 5 hours, and did a 30 min stop at the top so total 5,30 hours. That was a really hard pace but you can off course do it at a more leisure pace.

We did not need insect repellent but take plenty of liquids and sun screen with you. Also walking past all the wild flowers and plants, maybe bring long pants because they can be nasty for your legs.

The advantage is you pay less than half compared with going with a tour from Leon and your money really gets to a local family!

Felt completely safe doing the tour, views where amazing and guide had a lot of knowledge.
Written December 12, 2015
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