Colonial Leon: History & Arts
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5½ hours
León was founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistadors. It lies at the base of the Momotombo volcano and is home to 300,000 people. As the capital of Nicaragua for more than 200 years, León played a pivotal role in the development of the nation, but its claim to fame was lost in 1851 when the capital was moved to Managua. Today, León is the second most important city in Nicaragua, after Managua.
A 1¼-hour drive will bring you to this charming city that has retained its colonial-style streets and has preserved its old architectural style of one-story houses with tile and wooden roofs.
You will visit the Metropolitan Cathedral where Rubén Darío, the father of modern Spanish literature, is buried. You will also step inside the house that was the birthplace of Darío.
Visit the Ortiz Gurdian Art Gallery, known as one of the best private art galleries in Latin America.
Travel time to León is approximately 1¼ hours each way. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.