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Lakes, volcanoes, smiles--this Central American country is warm...okay, let's be honest--HOT! It still plays second-fiddle to Costa Rica and Guatemala as a destination...and for that reason, COME! Go beneath the surface, and Nicaragua will get under your skin...
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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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León may be the second-largest city in Nicaragua, but it feels more like a laid-back town. The National University is here, yet the cobblestoned intersections are unencumbered with traffic lights. A dignified patina of age hangs over the colonial...
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León, Nicaragua
Our neighbors and friends in Nicaragua must have been bemused as my wife and I took note of every plant, flower, and fruit; imagine someone oohing and aahing over apples, right? But we SHOULD ooh and ahh when we learn the origin of things--THIS is...
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
...a few of the colorful "portales" in the colonial city of León, Nicaragua...The streetscape may often be dusty in this lowland tropical city, (it rains only half the year here), but the doorways are almost always colorful. Behind many a...
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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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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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Vesta 245, Arboledas de Señora, 37205 León, Gto., Mexico
León is a city of colonial churches. Several times a year, processions parade around town; the saints keep marching...and so there's a local cottage industry of making and repairing the statues. In the outskirts of this Nicaraguan city, with...
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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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Av El Progreso, Masaya, Nicaragua
In Perú, I'd spotted a chess with Spaniard and Inca as opposing sides; I didn't have the cash on hand and couldn't get it, though. Then, a few years later, visiting the handicrafts market in Masaya, Nicaragua, I saw another set--no Inca history in...
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Av Central, León, Nicaragua
I've never seen avocados as big as the ones that come from the 'fincas' (rural farms) around León (map in the background). Just this one fruit--large enough for an entire bowl of guacamole! Nicaragua's volcanic soil--about as fertile as it gets......
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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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Calle San Sebastián 88, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
In a neighborhood on the edge of León, walking with a friend, on the way to visit a friend of his, we saw this. Taking advantage of a break in the rain (this was the rainy season), someone had hung these out to dry. It took me a few seconds to...
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Paseo de los Insurgentes 3725, Lomas del Refugio, 37358 León, Gto., Mexico
One of the most striking things in friendly Nicaragua is its youthful population: almost 70% of the population is under 25 years of age... In their crisp school uniforms, students in León always seem on the go. This gathering of teenagers on a...
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León, Nicaragua
Everyday transportation in front of La Iglesia de la Recolección, built in the 1780's, in León, Nicaragua. It's always hot in this lowland city--half of the year is dusty and the other half is rainy--but the architecture always shines; faded but...
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Altagracia, Nicaragua
When my wife and I first visited Nicaragua, some of our friends and family asked, "is it safe? I mean isn't there a war or something going on down there?" Well, yeah--there WAS a civil war...over TWENTY years ago! Now Nicaragua is reasonably...
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Blvd. San Juan Bosco 3026, Cañada del Refugio, 37458 León, Gto., Mexico
Across from the cathedral, in the shade...Schoolgirls enjoying a break from class, and an old woman waiting for kids to come buy her sliced mangoes.
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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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Av Central, 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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On the horizon just NE of León, Nicaragua, you can make out the giant black mound of Cerro Negro--Central America's youngest volcano. Until 1850, there was NOTHING here! Since then it's erupted dozens of times--coating the surrounding countryside...
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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...