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Calle Rubén Darìo, Av. Central Nte., León, Nicaragua
Climbing to the top of a cathedral wasn't even on my radar when I arrived in León. My Spanish teacher recommended it and I'm glad she did, even if it meant cutting two hours of class to do it, or wait--was that another benefit. The climb to the...
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León, Nicaragua
Built in the 1880's, León's Municipal Theater (officially known as the "Teatro Municipal José de la Cruz Mena") is one of the best performance venues in this colonial city. Restored a couple of decades ago, it's also air-conditioned--a big plus in...
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Av 3 Pte, Leon, Nicaragua, Nicaragua
This place really blew me away. After being disappointed by another museum in León, I found this one. Just being able to wander around the historic homes would have satisfied me, but the art, I found truly amazing and world class. It covers the...
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3era. Avenida NO y 1era. calle NO, Del Parque Central 2 cuadras al Oeste, 1/2 cuadra al Norte, León 21000, Nicaragua
In the heart of León, Nicaragua, the Hotel El Convento is located in what used to be the Convento de San Francisco, dating from the 17th century. Refurbished as a hotel in 2000, the lobby is full of colonial art and antiques--but I was a bit...
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León, Nicaragua
One of my first travel experiences was to a rural pueblo in Nicaragua as a naive suburban teenager, and since that first trip, I have been to Nicaragua on 5 separate occasions. The people keep drawing me back. I can't help it. Every Nicaraguan has...
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León, Nicaragua
Throughout León's colonial-era downtown, relics of the turbulent 1980's remain--the popular murals of the Sandinista revolution... Nicaragua's second-largest city feels more like a laid-back town, and it's one of the best places in Central America...
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León, Nicaragua
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...
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Calle Rubén Darìo, Av. Central Nte., León, Nicaragua
After volcano boarding at the Cerro Negro, I headed over near the cathedral for some delicious street food. All kinds of meats, grilled vegetables, along with local favorites like gallo pinto, fried plantains and cheese provided a deliciously...
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Calle Rubén Darìo, Av. Central Nte., León, Nicaragua
With its doors almost always open, the cavernous interior of the Cathedral is a welcome place to pause at mid-day. The majority of homes and many businesses in León don't have air-conditioning, and the Central American sun at noon can be a cruel...
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León, Nicaragua
Just an hour and half northwest of Managua lies León — a charming colonial city known for its hot temperatures (que calor!), its abundant churches and its beautiful beaches (que bellas las playas). I had the opportunity to brave the heat to...
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
From the roof of León's cathedral, (Central America's largest), you can contemplate the long line of active volcanoes on the horizon just beyond Nicaragua's second-largest city. Colonial churches, such as the 18th-c. Calvario in this scene,...
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4ta Av. SE, La Paz Centro, Nicaragua
I was traveling with friends (who are locals) from Managua to Leon, and they said we must stop here. Anything that involves trying new foods I am up for...especially cheese. These Quesillos Güiligüiste have 3 ingredients, cheese being the main...
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Volcan del Hoyo, Nicaragua
For the best view I think Ive ever seen, I would recommend the El Hoyo trek run by quetzaltrekkers in Leon. Not only do you get to bathe in a laguna, see a giant sink hole, and volcano board, you get to camp here... the orange tents were us!
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Telica, Nicaragua
One of the most active volcanoes in Nicaragua, Telica, is approximately 15 miles outside the city of León. My friend and I booked a day tour with Anry Rodriguez from Mas Adventures. After a two-and-a-half hour horseback ride followed by a...
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Las Peñitas, Nicaragua
After a week of volunteering in Managua, we found our way to La Penitas for a day of surfing, unwinding, and reflecting. This place inspires, heals, and transforms.
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Poneloya, Nicaragua
For unpretentious fried fish and ocean breezes when in the Northwest of Nicaragua, head to Poneloya. You don't even need a car--buses leave from León regularly and in about half-an-hour you're on the beach. Head to the northern end of Poneloya and...
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Poneloya, Nicaragua
Simple but clean; straightforward. That's how you want your pescado frito--your fried fish--when on the coast of Nicaragua. And, while here, learn the local word for small parrots: "chocoyos." My wife and I looked up Pastora, a friend-of-a-friend,...
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Puerto Sandino, Nicaragua
Miramar is a stretch of beach on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, about an hour's drive from Managua. It's one of the least frequented beaches - you definitely won't find the tourist crowds that you do at San Juan del Sur, but you won't find many...