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Reviewed March 6, 2012

We had a rental car and drove in on our own. Beware, the road from Leon to Cerro Negro is very sandy and takes some pretty aggressive driving to avoid getting stuck (unless you have a truck).

Date of experience: February 2012
5  Thank Sable99
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

There are many good tour groups to climb up this volcano with. I would recommend a guide, because going down requires a little bit of, "supplies". Go as early in the morning as possible - it's bloody HOT in Leon and HOTTER on MT. Black. Seeing the path down when you arrive is terrifying. After you recieve a back pack that includes...wristguards, knee and elbow pads, googles and your cover-alls AND after you strap on your sled or board, your ready to go. Make sure you have drank tons of water before and bring a bottle for the climb. Good shoes or close toed sandles-MUST! (socks might be recommended).
The climb itself is a switchback up the volcano and takes about 45 min to an hour. Careful it does get VERY windy up there! The views are spectacular. Time to get outfitted...sitting on top is a little intimidating but listen to the guide and just do it. Use your heals to steer and break-NOT YOUR HANDS! Everyone that sleds down Cerro Negro regrets that they hadn't gone faster when they reach bottom...so stay in control and go for it.(even if you wipe out, it does not hurt) Most imporant tip bring a bandana for your face.

Date of experience: February 2012
14  Thank lemonheart
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

No. 2 on CNN"s bucket list of things to do before you die is to slide down the volcano on a board. It takes 45 minutes to hike up the volcano with your board which can be tricky if its windy. You fly down at up to 79 kms an hour for 600 meters. (You can also go much slower if tyou wish.) Bring a bandana or surgical mask as you will get dirt everywhere! Leave your watch at the hotel to avoid it getting scratched by flying ash. You can book the trip at Big Foot Hostel--they are often full so book in advance.

Date of experience: February 2012
5  Thank Poleinahole
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

Seeing the black rock volcano was stunning. The hike was epic to get up there. And the volcano surfing down the side of the volcano was unbelievable. You have to see Cerro Negro up close to believe it.

Date of experience: February 2012
4  Thank Carlo M
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

I did this as an add-on to an El Hoyo trek with Quetzaltrekkers. The walk to the top is relatively short and not too steep - well within the abilities of reasonably fit people of any age. It was very windy - I lost my hat to a strong gust. The fumaroles and crater are very interesting to view. As to the boarding itself, Quetzltrekkers uses the sit down boards, which keeps speeds down and the force of upsets lower. It is quite possible to spill off the sit down boards, though - I managed it twice, as did some others in our group. Tip - wear long sleeves and pants. The supplied coveralls will ride up and expose bare skin to the abrasive effects of volcanic cinders. Two in our group were sporting impressive road rash at the bottom. I had long sleeves and pants and was spared this souvenir of the experience. Even if you feel a bit intimidated, give it a shot - where else in the world are you going to get a chance to do this?

Date of experience: January 2012
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