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Nicole Thibodeau reviewed Cerro Negro Volcano Trail
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HikingGreat!No shade

Hiked this lovely volcano up, and boarded down as part of the volcano boarding excursion. The ash made it difficult to accend but overall not a leg burner by any means.

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Eric Koop reviewed Mérida Waterfall
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Hiking

Great hike. Very low water flow in Feb. Tip: do NOT drive around the bottom of the island. The road is TERRIBLE.

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Audrey Harvey reviewed Volcan Maderas
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HikingMuddy

Avons eu la chance d’observer et d’entendre beaucoup de singes et d’oiseaux ! Plusieurs sentiers se rejoignent donc attention de bien vérifier l’embranchement à prendre pour ne pas se perdre.

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Clint Desmond reviewed Volcan Maderas
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HikingMuddyRocky

We took a private trail from the Hacienda we were staying at. The first 1/3 was a mild slope and the occasional rock/bolder to navigate. The 2/3 up was rock hopping in drizzle, and 3/3 was mud and small streams of water coming down. 8 of the 10 in our group experienced several falls, resulting in 1 injured knee, 1 sprained ankle and person who injured their Coccyx after several falls on her rear (usually due to slipping in mud as we descended. When we reached the lake in the caldera it was a very surreal and beautiful as it is in the cloud and had a very windy (Up to 60 km/h. The return hike was significantly more difficult. Going down steep inclines are just more difficult as that's when people fall and slip. I would recommend only for someone who has significant rugged mountain hiking.

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Talitha Dryer reviewed Cerro Negro Volcano Trail
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HikingNo shade

I hiked up and boarded down. So for the ascent: the trail is fine (though as it’s a circular trail make sure you start on the east edge of the circle). It is uphill the whole way. I thought the only really difficult and steep part is the short segment when you begin to ascend the side of the volcano itself and go from 540 to 640 foot elevation, as you have to find traction on small sliding volcanic rock. After that the trail is just a gradual uphill. Great view of the surrounding volcanoes

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Maria Edible reviewed Volcan Maderas
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HikingMuddy

We didn’t really do our research on this one and no one warned us as to how tough it’d be. The hike was certainly challenging due to the rocky terrain and constant climb but that wasn’t the worst part. The mud was just awful. While going up was physically demanding, coming down was hell for me. It was hours of strategizing foot placement, clinging to branches, and dodging various obstacles. I was immensely grateful for the trekking sticks we were given. I nearly twisted my ankle many times, submerged my feet in mud puddles, and fell on my back several times. Everything was so wet that it was rare to have a moment of solid footing (my understanding is that the terrain is usually slippery but rainy season made it worse). About halfway down, I fell and hurt my shin. I was shaking from fatigue and almost started crying (I’m a big baby). I ate and took some Ibuprofen and kept going. A guide was mandatory due to the possibility of getting lost (the trail isn’t well-marked). He later told us that approximately 30% of his clients actually make it to the top. I can’t help but feel that a trail under the same wet/muddy conditions would be closed in the US. Unlike the other volcano in Ometepe, this one is dormant (hasn’t erupted in 10,000 years). There is a cloud forest right below the peak. The peak itself doesn’t have any views and the entire hike is jungle (we saw lots of howler monkeys). However, there is a crater at the top that you can go into to reach a volcanic lake. Apparently, this part is even more slippery so I decided to skip it (I was also pretty tired and we needed to head back because two of my friends had given up at various points. Don't judge me, we paid for the guide and I intended to get to the top, with or without them). Now that it’s behind me, I’m happy I did it. If I had known it’d be that slippery, I’d definitely have opted out. Will be sure to do better research next time. -Make sure you have a guide (now required after several incidents) as it's easy to get lost. -Really think about whether you want to do this hike. Is climbing a volcano incredible? Hell yes. Is traversing mud enjoyable? Hell no. -Bring food, water, painkillers, a trekking pole (provided by guide), good hiking footwear, and your patience.

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Michael Parkison reviewed Cerro Negro Volcano Trail
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Hiking

4 stars if hiking only, 5 stars if boarding. Went several years ago. The trail itself is fairly strenuous, but the heat is a bigger factor. The entire volcano is black pumice with no tree cover, bring water. What makes the experience unforgettable is boarding down the volcano- find a guide in León to take you, it isn't expensive. They'll provide the board and protective gear. No experience needed- it's sit-down sledding unless you specifically request otherwise. But it's sledding down an active volcano! You won't regret it!

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Lori Pahl reviewed Volcan Maderas
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Hiking

Being from Colorado and an avid hiker I must admit this was one of the most challenging with the lack of trail markings but we went up from the Totoco lodge to the furthest east trail. A lot of mud and muck, small crevices to climb up in and lost of monkey climbing. Beautiful but definitely in the fog due to it being rainy season. Recommend good hiking boots, walking stick and plenty of agua and protein bars. It takes as long to come down as go up so take into consideration time. The sun sets this time of year around 1730 and you don’t want to get caught in the jungle after dark. Best to leave by 7am and plan to get back around 1600. This is not for the occasional walker or hiker you best be physically and mentally prepared. Enjoy!!!!!

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Valérie Thibaudeau reviewed Volcan Maderas
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Hiking

Very nice hike, pretty hard and didnt get to see the view at the top because of the weather but enjoyed it a lot!

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Lachie B reviewed Mérida Waterfall
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Hiking

A good hike in Ometepe. A nice walk up through trees and bush with a rewarding waterfall at the end. You will need to cross the stream a couple of times at the end to get to the waterfall.

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John Howard reviewed Volcan Maderas
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Climbed Maderas on my 2nd time returning to Nicaragua June 2017 after having lived and worked in Granada for 4 months in 2016. Leaving the report now because i was goin thru pictures of it. First time around climbed Conception, which is the much bigger Volcano on Omtepe, and from all the online reviews Maderas seemed to be a lot shorter and had considerably less elevation gain so figured I’d do that one. MADERAS IS MUDDIER AT TIMES and MORE DIFFICULT THAN CONCEPTION. I’ve lived in Colorado/ Montana for my whole life and have climbed 26 14ers (14000 foot peaks) across the state, this mountain will challenge you mentally and physically to your limits. The mud makes progress excruciatingly slow and the trail is really over grown as you get towards the top. Also last 1.5 miles there is a fair amount of scrambling involved specifically on the final stretch down to the crater lake. Easy to get lost so definitely pay for a guide. What makes this climb so difficult in comparison to peaks in the continental USA is the almost unbearable heat/humidity during the first part of the climb and the unpredictable weather. If the trail was dry it would not be so tough. DO NOT BE FOOLED THIS CLIMB IS A BIG UNDERTAKING. Dont even think about it unless you’re in great physical shape and have experience with long distance hiking/ climbing. Remember it’s not like the US here, there’s no search and rescue coming for ya if you fuck up. That said, this was def one of the most rewarding peaks I’ve climbed although the view at the top is nothing compared to Conception the crater lake itself is f**king incredible and you can swim in it. Total time left at 6am summited crater lake around 1045-11. Spent 40 minutes at the top, arrived back at around 4PM. brought 5 liters of water and drank it ALL by the time we were halfway down.

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Andreia Ramos Silva reviewed Volcan Maderas
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went up to San Ramon waterfall. no need for guide. just follow the steps

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Miguel Gurrola reviewed Volcan Maderas
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Hiking

Amazing experience even though my wife and I didn’t make it to the top. We were totally unprepared. We started late in the morning and didn’t have the proper hiking boots or gear. Camel pack, hiking boots and hiking stick could be very helpful. I was caring a 30 pound back pack with Gatorade, water and cameras. Was wearing walking shoes. We still had the time of our lives enjoyed the jungle, monkeys and those insects that made a very loud noise. I think they are called chicharas. The trail is awesome! Steep in some areas, rocky, tree roots, tree trunks, and muddy but all manageable, you can either go under over or around obstacles. We will be returning to conquer Maderas.!

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Hiking

Best and only place in the world to go volcano boarding but the hike up is quite tough lots of big loose rocks. absolutely unforgettable

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Heather Kraus reviewed Mérida Waterfall
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There were some tricky spots for footing in the rocks and a chain that you can hold for support only some of the way going up to the waterfall. Beautiful hike, you can hear the monkeys calling all over.

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Elizabeth Ross reviewed Volcan Maderas
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Much more difficult than the alltrails review. Definitely worth the challenge but don't be fooled, it's hard as hell. Mostly mud and monkey climbing so just be prepared, the way you go up is the same way back down. People with knee trouble might struggle.

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Frederic Mounier reviewed Charco Verde Trail
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First to Review

Petite balade agréable. Ne pas manquer le parc des papillons.

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Frederic Mounier reviewed Volcan Maderas
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Superbe rando, mais à mon avis c’est plus dans la catégorie hard que moderate. Un guide est vivement recommandé ne serait-ce que pour voir les animaux. La vue au premier view point est époustouflante. Malheureusement pour nous la suite était dans le brouillard.

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chale espinosa reviewed Volcan Maderas
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First to Review

There are two ways to get to top, the one less traveled is much harder and require ropes for last leg of climb. Enjoyed the challenge.

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chale espinosa reviewed Cerro Negro Volcano Trail
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Really is easy climb if you're in good physical condition. If you don't do exercise or moderate walking then it's difficult. Have done it several times, got down sliding & walking

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Don Owens reviewed Mérida Waterfall
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Hiking
First to Review

Ferry ride over and a one hour drive to trail head. Remote spot with monkeys along the trail. Be sure to have plenty of water for the tropics conditions. Cool pond atop to cool off.

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Sam Vandewater reviewed Cerro Negro Volcano Trail
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Hiking
First to Review

The hike up takes about an hour and then you can either board or run down the side!

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Maya Moghrabi reviewed Cerro Negro Volcano Trail
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Petr Pchelko reviewed Volcan Maderas
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