Sand boarding: A Guide to One of Nicaragua’s Gnarliest Sports


Keep your toes toasty by skipping chilly ski hills and slide down the slope of a volcano instead.

Brief History

Sand boarding caught on around the same time as snowboarding–in the 1970s– and has been growing in popularity ever since. Rumored to have been practiced by Egyptians thousands of years ago, sand boarding is now a popular sport everywhere from Nicaragua, to Australia, to Africa.

The Board

The board is similar to a snowboard in size and shape but with a harder base made of Formica or Laminex that glides over gritty surfaces with the help of a little wax.


The Gear


Although sand boarding doesn’t require bulky snow pants or puffy down jackets, its important to suit up in all the right gear. The essentials typically include sand boarding goggles, sturdy runners or hiking boots, and a helmet. If you happen to be venturing down the face of a volcano, like Nicaragua’s Cerro Negro, full-protection suits are often worn to guard skin from the rugged volcano rock.

The Volcano

nature around the volcanos

The Cerro Negro volcano– just a hop-skip-and-a-jump from the ecolodge– is a sand boarder’s haven with its panoramic view of the Telica and San Cristobal volcanos. It’s a 500 ft descent to the base of the volcano and boarders can opt to sit or stand on their boards depending on their skill and comfort levels.

Sliding down the face of an active volcano may not be for the faint of heart but, equipped with an adventurous spirit, it is guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime.

Would you like to add volcano sandboarding to your itinerary? Let us know! We would be happy to help you plan your trip.

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