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Colonial city of León

León is a colonial city that historically played a prominent role in Nicaragua’s economic, political and cultural landscape. This is also clearly visible from the prominent colonial architecture in the centre. In addition, it is no coincidence that the largest cathedral in Central America was built in this beautiful city.

Authentic Nicaragua

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Authentic Nicaragua

León was several times the capital of Nicaragua, but after a fierce civil war with Granada, that honour was given to Managua in 1856.

León suffered less from attacks in the past, but has not yet acquired the well-polished image of the city of Granada. The city exudes an authentic, even cosy atmosphere and the locals you meet are always open for a chat.

Volcanoes in the area

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Volcanoes in the area

There is a lot to do and see around the city. Visit one of the various nearby volcanoes, for example, the Cerro Negro volcano where you can go sandboarding or the Telica volcano where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset. Another nice trip is a visit to the rum factory of the famous brand Flor de Caña, (according to Nicaraguans, the best rum in the world is produced here). The whole production process and more is explained to you during this informative tour.

Have you seen enough of the city? You then might want to escape the city and spend a few days on the beach of Las Peñitas.

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Wiebe, Franciske, Marrit and Rigt

It’s hot when we arrive in León. León is indeed the city of universities. Lovely to watch student life from a terrace. We enjoyed great views of the city from the roof of the city’s cathedral, beautiful! We also visited the Cerro Negro volcano with Barbaros Tours. A nice ride in the car, then a beautiful hike with the board under your arm and then the short, but super cool ride on the sandboard.

For our family, this was a great adventure. We were accompanied by a young, English speaking guide and a very involved driver. He said that in the afternoon the revolution would be recreated in the centre of town. We went to see this spectacle and it was a very special experience with lots of fireworks and memorial parties. We learned during a visit to a house where 3 coffins were standing with pictures of Che Guevarra, Sandino and Fonseca that these freedom fighters still play an important role in the life of the Nicaraguans.

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Nicole

Leon is a beautiful, but also very hot city. We toured the centre in the early morning with a guide. Very nice to experience the rich history of the city. Afterwards we found a terrace on the main square (near the cathedral) where had a cool drink, delicious!

Tip from Marlou:

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Tip from Marlou:

I really enjoyed my climb of the Telica volcano. Once you are near the top you’ll enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding areas and the sunset I found very special. Really a must-see! The tour starts in the afternoon, which is great, because then it is not so hot anymore.

To see in León and its volcanic surroundings:

The following destinations are close to this travel package:

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Spend the night on the private island of Isleta El Espino
Are you looking for a unique place to stay? Check out the coolest ecolodge in Nicaragua. Isleta El Espino is a magical private island in the great Lake of Nicaragua, near Granada. You arrive by boat to the secluded paradise of the American brother and sister who bought the island, because they wanted to set up an eco-design hotel. They did an excellent job and you for sure will have a great time here!
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Hiking tour around the Miraflor Nature Reserve
Make a hiking tour in Nicaragua! Explore the Miraflor Nature Reserve by foot. Your adventure starts in the centre of Esteli, a charming town. On the second day, you depart for 2-day trekking in the nature reserve Miraflor. You are accompanied by a local, bilingual guide and stay the night at local family homes in the mountains. This trekking is a unique local experience and a great way to discover the Nicaraguan country side and way of life.
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Jungle and coffee plantations in Matagalpa
Explore the north of Nicaragua and stay in the city of Matagalpa and hike the jungle and coffee plantations around the city! During this trip you stay at local family homes and your rooms are comfortable, but basic. Your host families however will make sure to provide everything you need. As a result, you do not need to worry about hygiene and the food they serve is great!
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Taste great cigars and hike the green hills around Estelí
Visit Esteli when in Nicaragua! The village lies in a valley on 800m above sea level and is surrounded by mountains and lush jungle. Because of its geographical location and climate, the town is the agricultural centre of Nicaragua. Here there's no mass tourism and you'll experience the true Nicaraguan way of life. Enjoy nature and admire the beautiful murals in the town centre. Don't forget to taste some of the local fruits and vegetables or try a cigar even!
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Beautiful beaches and perfect waves in Las Peñitas
Check out the best beach in Nicaragua! Catch the waves in Las Peñitas, about 20 minutes from the city of Leon you find the charming seaside village. Because of its long, beautiful beach, the town is well loved by locals and foreigners alike and a great place to relax and enjoy the sun, sea and the beach of course!
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Colourful culture in colonial Granada
Visiting Granada when in Nicaragua is a must-do! Historically, Granada always has been one of Nicaragua's most important cities. Nowadays, this beautiful and colourful town is also the country's main tourist destination. However, you don't find tourist hordes here, you can still experience the true day-to-day routines of the Nicaraguans living in the city. There's a lot to see and do around town, so take your time and spend at least a few days here!

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