Bigfoot Volcano Boarding
Bigfoot Volcano Boarding Leon Reviews
Best adventure activity in Central America Jan 24, 2012
Rated number two adventure activity to do before you die by CNNGO http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/play/50-thrilling-experiences-116798 and high on many of the other lists this a not to miss adventure activity in Central America. Here is a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO_0AqQu1WQ
It's expensive by Central American standards and even more so by Nicuarguan standards (at a full days budget) but cheap on international standards.
So what is Volcano boarding? well simply put it's much like snowboarding only on lava instead of snow and on a "plank" of wood instead of a board or sled.
Bigfoot seems to be the best outfit to go with, it's $2 more than the competition but you get a beer and two mojitos included in that price making it better value. The only thing I didn't like about this company is that they put more people in the truck than seats and it's a very bumpy and violent ride for those standing (trees and branch's whip you along the journey). Our guide was excellent.
After a 60 minuet hellish ride to the volcano you gear up and start the hike to the summit, it's about a 700m climb but is not that difficult as your have numerous rest breaks along the way. It should be noted that you have to carry your own sled and jumpsuit. Towards the summit the guide shows you around and gives some brief info on the Volcano, for example that it is the most active cone Volcano in Central America as well as the land speed record for a downhill slope.
The hike to the summit takes about 60 minuets and once at the top the nerves start setting in. You down your jumpsuit's and start looking like a prison escape movie gone wrong (jumpsuits are bright orange).
You get a crash course in steering, braking and aceleration, braking simply being tapping your feet on the side and two by two you are off. The speed record is 89km's per hour, I only managed a measly 55, which was still 4th fastest for the day (72 the highest). A few spills are likely and it does hurt, but it wouldn't be fun if you couldn't get hurt....right????
This is highly recomended and my number one thing in Central so far. It costs $28.
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