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León, Nicaragua
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time in the tropics, Leon León  Nicaragua

time in the tropics, Leon

Here, the heart of León, Nicaragua: this UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest cathedral in Central America. Famed poet/diplomat Rubén Darío is entombed inside, and from the 18th-century rooftop, you get a view of Los Maribios--an active chain of volcanoes that is alarmingly close to this colonial city.

My wife and I spent many a morning and evening in the plaza beneath the neoclassical façade, sipping 'fresco de cacao,' a rice-cinnamon-milk flavored with freshly toasted and ground cacao beans. This lowland city is HOT most of the year, but the people are warm, and time passes slowly...