San Cristóbal : The highest volcano in Nicaragua
San Cristóbal, the highest volcano in Nicaragua, stands symmetrically proudly at 1,745 meters above the sea. San Cristóbal (located near the northwest corner of the country) is one the most active volcanoes. The cone-shaped mountain has erupted constantly since 1528, with a dormant period from 1685 to 1971. The last big eruption took place in 1977 but the neighboring areas were only threatened by ashfalls. The latest record shows that in November 2008 it had a series of small eruptions, emitting gasses and ashes. The volcano would not have been this large if layers and layers of lava and tephra had not built up on top of it as a result of its activities.
The youngest volcano in San Cristóbal complex, San Cristóbal Volcano is accompanied by adjacent less-active volcanoes in the range, namely La Casita, El Choncho, Moyotepe and La Pelona. These other volcanoes make the view unbelievably beautiful once one reaches the peak of San Cristóbal. However, being the highest volcano in the country, the passage to the top is not considered easy. Climbing San Cristóbal will take you one whole day to do the ascending and descending trip. In fact, if you do not have a fit, healthy body, it is not recommended for you to hike San Cristóbal.
TIPS: San Cristóbal is best accessed from Chinandega city. Leaving very early in the morning, or even before the sun rises will help you avoid or get through the scorching heat at the midday.