Welcome to Nicaragua, an Adrenaline Junkie’s Dream!

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From Tegucigalpa, it was straight to the Nicaraguan border – after braving morning rush-hour in the Honduran Capital of course. Fortunately, this border crossing didn’t throw up any surprises. A few hours to navigate through the paperwork of course, but nothing out of the ordinary, meant that we were in Nicaragua by lunchtime.

As soon as we crossed the border, things seemed to get a lot more relaxed. We had no more police escort to contend with, and the roads were absolutely epic.

Phenomenal #roads in #Nicaragua… #glaadventure

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I was in the GLA, and both Ouseph (from Evo magazine) and I really enjoyed ringing the necks of the GL and GLA – which, I have to say, save for the odd tyre puncture, performed flawlessly throughout. We reached our night-halt at Leon in time for dinner for a change, and we finally felt like we were in the Caribbean.

Leon may be the second largest city in Nicaragua, but it felt small and intimate with lots of life on the streets as people were spilling out of the many bars and restaurants. We had to call it a night early though, because, naturally, we had an early start the next day.

The next morning, an old Toyota Land Cruiser came to escort us to our destination for the first part of the day. It had the words Volcanoboard.com in big, bold letters on both front doors – we knew then that it was going to be a good day.

We drove 20 kilometres East to Cerro Negro, which is the youngest volcano in Central America, and one that’s also the most active in the region – having erupted 23 times since its birth in 1850. The last eruption was in 1999, so, despite our luck being what it is, the chances of an imminent eruption were few and far between – especially since they constantly monitor seismic activity in the volcano. It was a beautiful sight, to see this jet-black mountain stand in sheer contrast to everything around it. It was an even better sight from on top of the volcano, from where the views were simply spectacular. 100km/h winds meant that I, for one, almost got blown off the mountain during our hour long trek up the volcano – especially since we had these wooden planks strapped to our backs, which weren’t doing much for our aerodynamic efficiency.

Volcano boarding, as it turns out, is quite simple really. You hike up, in this case for an hour, and slide down in under a minute. The things we do for an adrenaline rush! The technique is simple – you sit on the board and lean back as much as possible to ensure the greatest speed on the descent. You use your feet on either side of the board to slow you down when needed, and guide you along the way whenever possible. Of course, Ouseph and I decided to race down.

He got the better start, but then wiped out after picking up too much speed. I chuckled as I overtook him, and then proceeded to follow in his footsteps. I had lifted my feet off the ground to gain maximum speed, but I couldn’t quite steer as effectively as I needed and wiped out as well. We both got back on and made it all the way down, but he got the better of me in the end. Volcano boarding – you gotta love it!

How you make your way down a #volcano #volcanoboarding #Nicaragua #glaadventure

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After we dusted ourselves off, and Ouseph did some dune bashing in the four-wheel drive GL, we set off for our five-hour drive to Penas Blancas – the Costa Rican border.

It is a beautiful sight, to see this jet-black mountain stand in sheer contrast to everything around it. - Dhruv Behl
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