Old & Colonial Leon


Approximately 7 Hours
Easy Activity  Meal 

The colonial city of León, founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistadors, sits next to Lake Xolotlan and the active Momotombo Volcano. In 1610, volcanic and seismic activity destroyed the original town and buried it in ash, and it became 'the Pompeii of Central America'. León's ruins were discovered in 1967 and are now UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tour the ancient city to learn about the early history of the first capital city of Nicaragua. From the hill where the old fort is buried, you'll take in the excellent view of the Momotombo Volcano and Lake Xolotlan.

Lunch is served at a charming restaurant in Old León.

Leave behind this blast from a past and head to present-day León. It is by no means new, and it is a repository of fantastic Spanish colonial architecture.

The city's grand churches soar skyward, and include the monumental cathedral that is the largest in Central America. Inside, climb up to the roof for unmatched views over the city.

Finally, you'll head back to Corinto after an unforgettable day in Nicaragua.

Notes:

Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Notes:

Travel time to Old León is approximately 2 hours; travel time from Colonial León back to the pier is approximately 1¼ hours.
This excursion is led in English