Leon makes for an intriguing and fascinating visit. Considered to have one the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture; Leon is a maze of cobbled streets, intricately carved doorways and wrought iron balconies. Boasting the largest cathedral in Central America; Leon is regarded as being the intellectual core of Nicaragua and hosts a thriving population. Excellent galleries, museums and restaurants can be enjoyed too.
Founded by the Spanish Conquistador Francisco Hernández de Cordoba in 1524, this former capital was devastated by a series of earthquakes and in the 17th Century and a catastrophic volcanic eruption. Located on the shores of Lake Managua, Leon’s history is evident. Long rivalled by the grandeur of Granada, what Leon may lack in splendour, it certainly compensates in vitality and heritage.
- Visit the beaches of Poneloya and Las Penitas with relentless pounding surf
- Kayak the brackish waters of Reserva Natural Isla Juan Venado
- Hike the blackened slopes of Volcan Cerro Negro
- Visit the village of San Jacinto with its bubbling mud pools
- Explore the UNESCO site of Leon Viejo
Beyond the Ordinary
For those that seek adventure sand boarding Cerro Negro volcano is an easy day trip from Leon. After a short briefing, photo opportunities and a test run within the volcano crater you will be ready to board your way down the black sand slope with amazing views of the Maribios volcanic chain.