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Volcano El Hoyo Trek in León – Travel Video Ep. 16

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While visiting León, Nicaragua we decide to visit the Los Maribios volcano chain again for another HD adventure travel video from 2 Backpackers, Jason and Aracely Castellani.  In travel video episode #16, WE booked a 2-day hike with Quetzaltrekkers to the mysterious El Hoyo, the “Hole.” The trek includes another attempt to descend Volcano Cerro Negro at high speeds, a grueling 1 hour climb into the volcanic complex known as Las Pilas-El Hoyo, views of El Hoyo, unexpected cloud cover, a fumarole and a much earned swim in a crater lake. Experience this 2-day trek in the Los Maribios volcano chain of Nicaragua from your computer screen. Enjoy the show!

While visiting León, Nicaragua we decide to visit the Los Maribios volcano chain again for another adventure. We booked a 2-day hike with Quetzaltrekkers to the mysterious El Hoyo, the “Hole.” The trek includes another attempt to descend Volcano Cerro Negro at high speeds, a grueling 1 hour climb into the volcanic complex known as Las Pilas-El Hoyo, views of El Hoyo, unexpected cloud cover, a fumarole and a much earned swim in a crater lake. Experience this 2-day trek in the Los Maribios volcano chain of Nicaragua from your computer screen. Enjoy the show!

León, Nicaragua

We only took a day off to recuperate from our Volcano Boarding experience. The group would be small, Aracely, Anton, two guides and I. I prefer the small groups, it gives us the opportunity to ask more questions and get more personal with the guides and other members. Anton who is from South Africa, endured the volcano boarding with us. The guides, Oli from England and Constance of Germany were the best we could have asked for. Oli was very familiar with the trek and Constance offered great support as she also learned about the area. Constance had been guiding on another hike offered by Quetzaltrekkers.

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Hiking to Volcano Cerro Negro

It is a short multi-day hike, but it can be challenging. The weight of 9 liters of water, food and camping supplies will exhaust you as you climb through the volcanic complex known as Las Pilas-El Hoyo. Not only is the weight challenging, but the heat will quickly make you aware of the reason you are carrying so much water.

Volcano Cerro Negro

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Smoking Volcano Cerro Negro

You don’t have to go crazy and volcano board down Cerro Negro to explore it. You can book a tour that allows you easily climb to the top and explore the smoldering crater. This I wouldn’t pass up. It’s a unique experience with sulfur gases steaming around you. On this tour, we ran down the side of the volcano on our own two feet. We took giant leaps into the fine gravel picking up speed to a point it was dangerous, but still fun.

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The Black Gravel of Volcano Cerro Negro

After Cerro Negro, we prepare for the most difficult part of the 2-day trek. A steep 1 hour ascent with your maximum weight. This was grueling. After the hour, the climbs become less strenuous and the anticipation of spotting El Hoyo, the “Hole”, grows.

Volcano El Hoyo

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Volcano El Hoyo Campsite

Watch our video to experience the mystery of El Hoyo and the peace of finishing the hike with a swim in a Laguna Asososca.

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What a great adventure! How on earth were you able to hold the camera so still running down the mountain? Or was it the use of some serious image stabilization. :-)

Hey Mike, it wasn’t too hard actually. I use a monopod and just held it out a good distance. As I ran down as fast as I could the camera and monopod just sort of floated up in the air. I guess I got lucky.

Name says:

Really enjoy your posts about volcanoes and volcanic sites because of my own interest in volcanic soil and agriculture in farmlands, especially across the Americas.
Visiting volcanic sites provides an experience similar to walking on a lunar landscape or really unusual surroundings, especially the deeper you get into the crater and further away from other scenery. Cannot imagine swimming in a crater lake, must have been an incredible experience for you.
Great post, very interesting.

This crater lake was a bit different from the sulfur crater lake we swam in El Salvador. The one in El Salvador had a strong sulfur smell. This one was just like a normal lake’s water, with amazing scenery of course.

Pete says:

That looks awesome. I wish we had the time to get down to Nica to do this, but that will have to be another time… Great vid, and I love the first photo with the hikers above and the sun beating down on you guys.

Thanks Pete. I am really enjoying investing the time on these videos now that we are home. It’s a lot of work and sometimes frustration, but when it’s done, it’s rewarding.

Kyle Morgan says:

Looks pretty intense! I’ll have to do that hike the next time I’m in Nica.

It’s a beautiful trek, as long as the weather is nice.

Wow, that black gravel really eats up your foot! Looks like a blast. Thanks for sharing, as always.

Thanks for watching Christian, we love sharing the videos.

Dean says:

Beautiful! Looks like great fun. I love the camping site, what a view!

The campsite still remains our most beautiful campsite ever.

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