The trek up Momotombo is known as the most difficult climb in Nicaragua. It is found in the part of Leon close to Leon Viejo and the Xolotlán Lake. In the eruption of 1610 caused the destruction of the first Spanish settlement in Nicaragua, founded by Francisco Hernandez de Córdoba, whose remains lie close to the volcano in Leon Viejo. The Momotombo volcano reaches 1297m in altitude. Its last eruption was in 2015.
Tour (1 day):
Adventuring on the Momotombo Tour requires an early departure. We will leave Purpose Driven Tours at 5:30am and we always ask you to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before departure time. After we welcome you and introduce ourselves and the Purpose Driven Tours mission, we will walk 15 minutes to the bus terminal where we will board a bus to the town center of La Paz Centro (45 minutes). Then we will take a motor-taxi to the trail head of Momotombo where we will begin the hike. The first part of this hike is easy, clean and has little vegetation. The last part is the most difficult because it is steep and there is a lot of sand and loose volcanic rock that make the ascent difficult. It takes approximately 4 to 5 hours to reach the summit of Momotombo, but once you are on the top you can enjoy the breath-taking view of Managua Xolotlán lake, Momotombito, part of Leon Viejo, and on a clear day the Ometepe Island. But more importantly you will have the satisfaction of having climbed one of the tallest and most difficult volcanoes in Nicaragua.
Not far from the summit at a flat place where we sometimes camp, we will eat lunch before starting our descent. At the road we will take a motor-taxi to the city center of La Paz Centro where they make the best quesillos, a typical national food of Nicaragua. From La Paz Centro we will make the last leg of our journey to Leon by bus (45 minutes). We will arrive back at Purpose Driven Tours at 5:00pm
Price: $40 Minimum required persons: 4
Price includes guide, transportation, permission to enter and a snack.
What should you bring?
Shoes or boots fit for the hike, breakfast and lunch, 4 liters of water, a bandana, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat and camera.
El Hoyo is an active volcano and a part of the volcanic range of Los Maribios. It gets its name from its unique crater that is in the form of a hole (el Hoyo in Spanish).
El Hoyo is just 25km from the city center of Leon, It reaches 1,050m. The last eruption of this volcano was in 1954. It is a part of a complex of volcanoes including Las Pilas, which you must venture through to get to El Hoyo volcano, and Asososca, Asososca having a beautiful, secluded lake where you can go swimming at the end of your hike.
Tour (1 day):
We will leave Purpose Driven Tours at 7:00am and we always ask you to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before departure time. After we welcome you and introduce ourselves and the Purpose Driven Tours mission, we will travel via private transportation to El Hoyo and Las Pilas Nature Reserve (1 hour). You will be able to feel the energy provided by nature as we leave the rural city of Leon and enter into the jungle that is a Nature Reserve. You will be able to ask our experienced, amiable guides anything concerning the wildlife and surrounding communities. From the Welcome Center of the Nature Reserve we will begin our ascent of Las Pilas volcano which we must climb in order to reach El Hoyo volcano. The first hour of this hike requires a lot of determination and stamina from hikers; it is steep and you are exposed to the sun, but we are always willing to pause for water and resting. We want to go at a comfortable pace for everyone going on the tour. After the first hour, we will rest under a small cabana and eat lunch and take a while to reenergize ourselves. The remaining 3 hours of our ascent becomes flatter and there is more tree cover that provides shade. We should summit the volcano around noon. Here we will take a break and take time to explore the area and surrounding views. You are able to gaze out upon Lake Asososca, Our guides will provide basic information as to how volcanoes work and what causes their formation and eruption. We will begin our descent around 1:30pm in order to arrive back at Purpose Driven Tours Leon at 4:30pm.
You have the option of going back down the way we hiked up, or you can chose to descend down to La Laguna Asososca where we can go for a swim before going back to Leon. This option requires we leave Purpose Driven Tours at 6:00am and puts us back in Leon closer to 6:00pm.
Price: $ 40 Minimum required persons: 4
El Hoyo+Laguna Asososca: $45
Price includes guide, entrance fees to the nature reserve, transportation, and a snack.
What should you bring?
Shoes or boots fit for the hike, lunch and extra snacks, 4 liters of water, sunscreen, sun glasses, hat and camera.
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