See Nicaragua’s most impressive smoking crater!
In the morning at 7am, we meet at the Quetzaltrekkers office, pack our backpacks and enjoy a hearty breakfast prepared by the guides. We then take public transport to reach the boiling mud pools of San Jacinto where we begin our hike.
After checking out the bubbling mud, we begin our 4-hour trek alternately through shaded forests and open fields, before beginning a challenging uphill climb that offers us glimpses at the surrounding farming communities and amazing panoramas of the volcanoes San Cristóbal, Cerro Negro, Momotombo, and the Las Pilas-El Hoyo complex.
We then head towards a local community just below the crater for a delicious lunch, before making our final short ascent. We are rewarded with a view that will make your head spin! After setting up camp just below the crater, we have a bit of time to rest before heading up to the peak just before sunset, so we can enjoy the bright oranges and pinks lighting up the night sky. As soon as it gets dark, we head over to peer into Telica’s 120m deep smoking crater. Then we enjoy a warm dinner by the campfire with marshmallows as a dessert.
The next morning, we rise early for a short climb up a ridge offering beautiful sunrise vista. We return to camp and eat breakfast, before we begin our descent down the steep southern slope of the volcano. Crossing through old riverbeds near the volcán Santa Clara, we walk towards the main road at La Quimera to pick up the public bus back to León. We return to the office before lunchtime.
Minimum donation per person: US $55
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