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You won‚Äôt find yourself twiddling your thumbs in Nicaragua‚Äôs northwest, where attractions range from smoking volcanoes to ancient ruins. Are old churches your thing? Chinandega and Leon have them in plenty, colorful and grandiose. The beaches out in this section of the country are spectacular, although they have been battered by hurricanes, and there can never be enough said about the volcanoes around the Ring of Fire (especially not when you can head down Cerro Negro on a board - ask at BigFoot Hostel in Leon). 



Other Activity pages in Leon and the North West that may be of interest: Barrio Sutiava Activities, Chinandega Activities, Potosi Activities and Leon Activities.








By Rachael Hanley
A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently...
08 Oct 2009

 
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Catedral de Leon

Catedral de Leon

This massive edifice is Central America's biggest cathedral, and one of the highlights of a visit to Leon. From the outside it...

Historical Building
Leon, Nicaragua
Volc√°n Cerro Negro

Volc√°n Cerro Negro

At a mere 150 years old, Cerro Negro is the youngest volcano in Central America. It's also one of the most popular climbs ‚Äď travelers never forget...

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Leon, Nicaragua
Volcanoes

Volcanoes

Nicaragua is famous for its volcanoes, and León is an excellent base from which to explore some of the best. Of course,...

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Leon, Nicaragua

Iglesia Calvario

With its colorful, sculptured facade and immaculately painted interior, this church is second only to Leon's cathedral in terms of beauty and should...

Historical Building
Leon, Nicaragua

Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Subtiava

In many ways, this is a typical Central American cathedral. It's spacious, elegant, beautifully designed, and badly in need of restoration. The...

Historical Building
Barrio Sutiava, Leon, Nicaragua
Volcano Boarding

Volcano Boarding

One of the best ways to see Volc√°n Cerro Negro is by going down the volcano's side on a board. While there are other...

Adventure Tour
Leon, Nicaragua

Ruinas Veracruz

Another casualty of the 1979 bombardment, these are probably the most impressive, intact ruins in Leon. The most likely reason for this is that they...

Ruin
Barrio Sutiava, Leon, Nicaragua

León Viejo

A visit to the ruins of Nicaragua‚Äôs first capital, Le√≥n Viejo, is a trip in time‚ÄĒback to the early years of the Spanish conquest when...

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Leon, Nicaragua

Iglesia de la Merced

The beautiful, traditional wood paneling of this sweeping church almost suggests a European style, but the massive icons betray its Latinness. Worth...

Historical Building
Leon, Nicaragua

Santuario de Nuestra Se√Īora Guadalupe

A charming bright blue church that is one of Chinadega‚Äôs prettiest sights, the Santuario de Nuestra Se√Īora Guadalupe was originally built in 1855...

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Chinandega, Nicaragua
Church Tour

Church Tour

Starting at the central park view the biggest Cathedral in Central America then climb its roof for good views of the city. From the northern corner...

Historical Building
Leon, Nicaragua

Tomb of Ruben Dario

Inside the Catedral de Leon and just to the right of the altar, look for a life-sized statue of a depressed-looking lion. Here, at the base of a...

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Leon, Nicaragua

Volc√°n Momotombo

Leon is one of several cities from which tours can be booked to Volcan Momotombo (Managua is closer to the actual volcano). Tierra Tours in one of a...

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Leon, Nicaragua

Volc√°n el Hoyo

Volc√°n el Hoyo offers a much easier climb than others in the area, and is popular chiefly for the outstanding view from the 1000 m summit....

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Leon, Nicaragua
Iglesia de la Recolección

Iglesia de la Recolección

Yet another beautiful church, Iglesia de la Recolección is worth a look if you're still hungry for more religious imagery after seeing the Cathedral...

Historical Building
Leon, Nicaragua
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