Cerro Negro | Informal Campsite



Last Visited: 3 months ago
GPS: 12.50119, -86.70065
Altitude: 489.7 masl
Place Website:


Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: Cold
Water: No
Toilets: Running Water
Big Rig Friendly: Unknown
Tent Friendly: Unknown
Pet Friendly: Unknown

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At the foot of the Cerro Negro entrance of the park 130 cor. Per person 2 cor. For the vehicle.

Au pied du Cerro Negro entrée du parc 130 cor. par personne + 2 cor .pour le vehicule.


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We camped one night here and absolutely loved it. Felt so remote and wild. We paid $20pp (camping and equipment rental to surf down the volcano - we ended up going twice in the evening and in the morning).
The visitor center (1km down the road) has toilets and showers .
Now we made it with our 2wd mercedes sprinter and it was a bit stressful as it's quite sandy at the start, but didn't get stuck so that was nice!
Beautiful birds spotted along the way.

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I made it here in a 24 ft long sprinter van with 2wd dual rear wheels. That being said, some of the sand on the way in made me nervous and I did not want to have to slow down in certain spots or else I would have most likely gotten stuck. I wouldn't attempt this in a heavy 2wd without the back up of traction pads. However, it obviously can be done. Other than that, great little place to camp for the hike up Cerro Negro. I did it at 6am and was the only one on the volcano.

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Road down here is a nice black dirt road. The vegetation is a little tight in a couple places but not too bad. Ask any locals if you get off track and they will point you in the right direction. The showers and bathrooms are basic but much needed after sliding down the volcano. Well worth it. Entrance $5pp camping $5pp and sand board rental is $10 pp.

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Covid times. Road not as clear as described because less traveled now, branches growing but it's fine. Easy to find, Google maps will bring you there and major forks in the road have a sign pointing you there. Google deviates a bit in this sense but it all connects. Got there in the dark, rainy day, nice man still welcomed me. $5 park entrance, $7 vehicle ( VW Vanagon Syncro). $10 for sand board, $15 snowboard (advice: you can't turn on snowboard, and you can't steer or correct your trajectory either!)
I camped at the gate to be close to showers but you can go in and camp at the base of the hiking trail if you want to. If I were there a second night, that would have been great for star gazing.
Hiked by myself, nobody was there all morning, went to see the crater at the back, a group arrived when I hiked the base around after my ride. I went down the face a bit to the right that has no tracks, in hopes to carve it, but no...
If you have 4WD you can drive by the base like they do to pick people from the bottom of their rides. I went all the way through the eucalyptus trees and around back to the entrance gate. Pretty drive that gets narrow, I wouldn't recommend with a big rig at all. Very photogenic at the base. Great time, took a shower on my way back, and filled up water in my van. It's extremely slow bc it fills by gravity, so be ready to stare at the fill up for a while. Gave the guy a nice tip for being so kind.

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Nous sommes passés avec un Sprinter de 99 pas 4*4.
Nous avons suivi les traces dans le sable pour ne pas s'embourber, conduite sportive, soyez prudents , il y a des villages et du passage sur la route si vous avez besoin d aide ..

petit conseil pour la descente du volcan, couvrez vous le nez et mettez vos appareils dans des pochettes pour les protéger des projections de sable.. on en prend plein la G... c est génial on s est régalé !
On a fait la descente l'aprem, 45m la monté, 2m la descente !
Tous les bus de touristes passent sur le site entre 8h et 14h.. et il y a du passage...

10$ pp la location des planches et combi/masque/ gants

douches et WC sur place

Julie & Julien

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Got up here with no problem (4x4 camper with 3.1m height) - when we were up we met a nice French family who came here with a 24foot long 2wd standard RV - so at least at the moment you don't need to worry about the height and it's possible with 2wd despite the road being a little sandy. We came from Leon and followed the road that has signs and yellow arrows indicating the path to Cerro Negro - this path differed in parts from the path you see on OSM/maps.me

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Do not drive here without 4x4, nor low clearance or higher than 3meters. All sandy roads lead here.
it was an Odysee come here with our truck Camper and we damaged our roof (i think we only have 2,8m where that happend)
we got a local to Show us the widest roads as maps.me was no help (backing out a 3m wide dirt road around turns After fallen trees were in the way)
from estelli as well as headed to leon (the damage happened on the way to leon the "Main road" for the Tour trucks, without local guidance)
The campground is just awesome. little windy but quiet and chilled (once the Tour groups leave to lean again)

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Au pied du Cerro Negro entrée du parc 130 cor. par personne + 2 cor .pour le vehicule.

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