Leon Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences
Leon is named after the city of Leon in Spain. After independence, the elites of León and Granada struggled over which city would be the capital. Leon was dominated by the liberals and Granada by the conservatives. The fighting ended when Managua became the capital.
After Granada, which is better preserved, Leon, on a Nicaragua vacation, has the best colonial architecture in Nicaragua. It is a university town which during the 1979 revolution, the Sandinistas took in violent street by street fighting. Leon used to be the hub of cotton growing but that has declined.
It has more colonial churches and cathedrals per capita than any other place in Nicaragua. Leon Cathedral is the biggest cathedral in Central America. The story goes that the construction plans sent back to Spain for approval showed smaller dimensions because they were afraid the Church wouldn't approve such a large cathedral. The cathedral is also the final resting place of Ruben Dario, as well as many other notable Nicaraguans. You can climb the stairs up to the roof, where you can have a good view of all of Leon's churches and the surrounding volcanoes on Nicaragua tours.
Nicaragua Travel Information
At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to a Nicaragua vacation.
Learn about the history and culture of Nicaraguya, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Nicaragua's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Nicaragua for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Nicaragua tours today!
Extend Your Trip
After your Nicaragua tour, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours. These include a large selection of other exciting countries in Central and South America. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.