Leon is a bustling University town with a great music scene. For more than 200 years, Leon was the capital of the country. On january 11, 1610 the inhabitants abandoned the city in exodus after the recurrence of earthquakes and the eruption of the Momotombo Volcano in 1609. Today, its original location is know as the Ruins of Old Leon, which has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

One architectural monument that stands out among the city’s sixteen splendid churches ranging from the Baroque to the Neoclassical, its construction began in 1747 and lasted 113 years. Beneath its immaculate entrance lie the remains of Nicaragua´s most renowned literary figure, Ruben Darío.

  • Volcanoes: Nearby León, visitors can discover Nicaragua´s chain of volcanoes, whether sight-seeing, climbing or for the more adventurous, skiing over volcanic sands.
  • Sun and beach: If you prefer a more moderate alternative, enjoy the sunny beaches of Poneloya, Las peñitas or the natural reserve of isla Juan Venado.

Getting to Leon from San Juan del Sur: Take a bus or shuttle to Managua. From there you can get a bus to Leon from Mercado Israel for a couple of dollars (Prices and times are subject to change)

Travel time: 3 hr 30 mins approximately