Travel Thursdays: Black Sand Volcano

So in 2005 I was in Central America for 6 months.  The photo I have today takes me to Leon, Nicaragua where, like any developing nation, OH&S tends to be a little relaxed. This of course leaves the door open for enterprising travel companies to create interesting experiences. (Any by interesting I mean most probably illegal or highly regulated in other countries.)

We stayed at a relatively new hostel called Bigfoot, run by a crazy Australian called Darren. In addition to building the hostel, Dazza was setting up an adventure tour company.

This company specialised in trips to a black sand volcano called Cerro Negro. The day trip sounded pretty cool – a trek up a black sand volcano followed by a swim in a beautiful volcano lake. There was one particular part of the day trip that caught our attention, and that was the rather baffling concept of “mattress surfing”.

Turns out we were pretty much like guinea pigs…mattress surfing guinea pigs.

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