Leon is an old colonial town in Nicaragua, full of history and culture, and situated near some beautiful natural landmarks. Read on for the top 10 things you should see and do when you come to Leon!
Go volcano boarding at Cerro Negro. You can read more here about what it’s like and why you should try it. This is the biggest reason that people come to Leon, Nicaragua and it’s definitely worth it!
Visit the cathedral, the biggest one in Central America. Its massive and imposing white façade is the focal point of the central park, and it’s an important gathering point for the people of Leon going to mass.
There are actually about a dozen impressive churches to see around the city. Make sure you check out La Merced and La Recoleccion!
Take yourself on a walking tour to see all the beautiful architecture in this old colonial town. Some of it is perfectly preserved while other areas have fallen to neglect, but it’s all beautiful and an important aspect of this city.
If it tickles your fancy, buy yourself a Nicaraguan cigar. They grow Cuban tobacco leaves here so the quality is very good, and they’re cheap to get here!
Tour the Museo de la Revolution to learn all about the challenging revolution in this small but proud nation. If you’re lucky you may even get a tour guide who fought in the revolution!
Enjoy the energy and activity of the central park, a main gathering point and the location for many shows and events that are sure to entertain!
Hike the Volcan Telica to see amazing views of the city and region. I recommend hiking with Quetzaltrekkers.
Visit the Museo de Leyendas y Tradiciones (Museum of Legends and Traditions) and you’ll learn more about the basis of the cultures and beliefs in Nicaragua. This is a wonderful complement to any trip, and at the end you get a nice vantage point over the city!
Go on a rum factory tour, and take a taste of one of the best Nicaraguan exports!
Whether you’re in town for the volcano boarding or to see the colonial architecture, this list should keep you busy during your stay in the charming Nicaraguan town of Leon!