San Cristobal – 2 days

San Cristobal is the highest volcano in Nicaragua, belongs to the Maribios, is 1745 mts high, and has a 500×600 mts crater. Enjoy amazing views, the ascent of one of the most active volcanoes and the satisfaction of reaching one of the most difficult summits in the country.

The trip starts in SONATI at 6:00 am. We head to the bus station to get the chicken bus, transfer transport and get to the beginning of the path. We´ll walk by avocado plantations and then get into the forest where we start with the ascent to the camping area, which we´ll reach after approximately 5 hours going up without difficulties and under the shade of the trees. After setting the tents, we start the climb to the crater, the most demanding y steep part, taking between 1 to 1,5 hrs. Once in the top you´ll see the massive crater, the Pacific Ocean, some of the volcanoes of the Maribios Range (Telica, Pilas-El Hoyo, Casitas) and the cities and towns close by.

On day 2 we can wake up for the sunrise and after breakfast start going down, taking 2 hours. Back in the base of the volcano we take the public transport to get back to León and reach SONATI by 11 am or 15hrs depending if you wake up for the sunrise and the pace of the walk.

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Key facts:

Trek level: Hard
Needed fitness level: Good fitness
Duration: 2 days
Precio: US$45*


What is included:

Public transport, guide, snack


What to bring:

  • 7 to 8 litres of water
  • Sun protection
  • Hiking shoes
  • Light jacket / sweater (it can get pretty windy up there)
  • Headlamp/flashlight**
  • Food (1 or 2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast that does not need to be cooked)**
  • During rainy season pack a rain jacket, insect repellent and daypack cover



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