Colonial Leon & the Bubbling Mud Pots
Local Sightseeing, All
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Approximately 5 hours
Lovely León was founded in 1524 by Spanish conquistadors. It lies at the base of the Momotombo Volcano and was established on its present site when an earthquake destroyed the original town in 1609. León was the capital of Nicaragua for more than 200 years, before the title and the honors were handed over to Managua in 1851. Today, León is the 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.
Stop at León’s beautiful park and visit the unusual La Asunción Cathedral. You can climb up to the roof to take in the extraordinary panoramic views of the charming city and imposing mountains.
Continue to the San Jacinto Bubbling Mud Pots. This spectacular geothermal area is dotted with small craters of boiling mud and hot springs. You’ll have time to stroll among the geothermal features of this natural hotspot.
Travel time to Léon is approximately 75 minutes each way. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes; sandals are not suitable due to hot ground temperatures at the geothermal area. Guests intending to climb to the cathedral's roof to take in the view may wish to bring along or wear a pair of socks, as shoes must be removed for the climb.