Nicaragua
León

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  • Day142

    León

    January 27 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    As most shops and markets are closed on Sundays in Nicaragua, we couldn't find anything for breakfast yesterday. So we took of early today and stopped after 20km at a restaurant for rice, beans, cheese, eggs with ham, and a refreshing handmade lemonade. Good start into the cycling day!
    After the first few km, the road was also perfectly smooth with few traffic, so we could enjoy the view of the volcanos and observe people on horses and in oxcarts which seem to be common means of transport here.
    At some stage, we turned towards León, and the road wasn't smooth asphalt anymore but dirt. Luckily, we got back on a main road after 6km.
    We rode into León, where we looked for a hostel for the night. We decided to stay in the 3rd one we checked as it offered good value for money. After the general chores (laundry, shower, cleaning water bottles and sunglasses), we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring this awesome colonial town, bought food at the market, cooked dinner and planned out the route for the rest of Nicaragua as well as part of Costa Rica. There's actually quite some tourists here which we haven't seen in a while...
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  • Day299

    Cerro Negro in Leon

    December 13, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    19 Vulkane hat Nicaragua und nach dem wir auf dem glühenden Masaya waren, ging es noch auf den Cerro Negro der fast genau aller 20 Jahre ausbricht. Die letzte Eruption war 1999 also ist er längst überfällig😨.
    Wir entschieden uns für den schweißtrebenden einstündigen Aufstieg bei dem jeder sich ein Board unter den Arm klemmte, denn runter wollte niemand laufen.
    Oben angekommen hätten wir ein BBQ machen oder Eier kochen können, denn der Boden war schon nach 5cm graben unglaublich heiß.
    Nachdem wir die Aussicht genossen haben und uns paar warme Füße geholt hatten sollte es mit dem Board die 44° steile Aschepiste hinunter gehen.
    Den Instruktionen des Guides hörten wir sehr aufmerksam zu nachdem er sagte, dass der schnellste jeh gemessene mit über 100kmh runter geschossen ist und das auf einem Holzbrett.🙈🙊 Für uns stande fest, den Rekord nicht zu brechen, denn wir wollen ja noch eine weile Reisen.
    Also ging es mit unseren schicken Overalls aufs Brett und los. Wärend der Fahrt kam einem so viel Asche und Geröll entgegen, das man nichts gesehen hat aber angefühlt hatte es sich mindestens wie 100kmh. Jedoch bei der Geschwindigkeitsmessung kamen wir gerade mal auf 45kmh.
    Das Ding muss defekt sein!😅 trotzdem ein lustiges Abenteuer und Nervenkitzel war auch wieder dabei.
    Damit bei uns auch ein bisschen Weihnachtsstimmung aufkommt, schnappten wir nach unserem Ausflug, Zucker und Mehl im Supermarkt und Backten endlich mal Plätzchen im Hostel. Fehlte nur noch eine Räucherkerze und die Vorweihnachtszeit wäre eingeläutet.
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  • Day72

    Selbstgemachte Schokolade

    May 21, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Heute habe ich gelernt, wie Schokolade entsteht und durfte eine eigene dunkle Schokolade mit Kokos und Chili kreieren. 🍫😋 Bei den Temperaturen hier wird die Schoki aber nicht lange überleben, also zügig verspeisen. 😂
    Nach dem 1,5-stündigen Kurs ging es mittags mit dem Shuttle weiter nach León...
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  • Day151

    10.3 León Cathedral

    January 21, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    I visited the cathedral of León witch is kind of a must do, because it is the largest of its kind in Central America. It full name is „Insigne y Real Basílica Catedral de la Asunción de la Bienaventurada Virgen María“. What a tongue breaker.
    Although it is not super impressive, I still liked it and walking on the roof is a cool thing.

    Because of that specific day I was there, I also attended (unintentionally) the celebration of poetry, which is a big thing in León.
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  • Day148

    10.1 León (Nicaragua)

    January 18, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    If there is one thing I can say about Nicaragua so far, then it is totally worth it and not an issue to travel at all at the moment. There are no protests at the moment and even if, are they purposed towards the government and not the tourists. I feel totally safe as I did in Guatemala.

    Hostel awesome, weather awesome (~35°C), water awesome, cat awesome, ... life awesome!

    Even turtles in the museum of art, which is a great one by the way, although they could think about the grouping of the pieces, high does not seem to follow a rational?!?
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  • Day39

    León

    April 13, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Today we arrived in León. We will stay for 4 nights at Posada Fuente Castalia. Our first day in León had an unpleasent ending as our daughter broke her arm (only a small crack, not completely). We went to a private hospital in the evening and fortunately we did not have to wait at all. The hospital bill for X-Ray, consultation and material for the stabilizer was 68$ 😁.Read more

  • Day10

    León

    February 9, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌬 35 °C

    The morning came quickly. I got up and started packing my bags for our departure from Coco Loco. Another aventure awaits for next 5 days.

    We say our goodbyes to everyone and leave for León around 9am. This time we are able to get a better view of the various villages as we travel through them. When we arrived last week it was extremely dark. People are out in the streets doing their thing.

    We get in León around 11am and do our check in at our Hostal. We have the whole place to ourselves. It is quite warmer in town than at the resort. Thankfully there is a little breeze.

    We decide to go and walk around. We quickly visit a large cathedral and then head to find a place to have lunch. After finding a restaurant and taking a seat, the waiter comes to take our order. As he is doing so we hear a very loud siren. The waiter does not look stressed so I decide it's nothing. Ben seems a bit more curious and asks what the sound is for. The siren is to announce that it's noon.

    After lunch we get ready for our hike. Our guide Grethell picks us up directly at the hostel. We have a 1:45 drive to the based the volcano. The first 25 minutes are smooth driving. The remainder is however in a very bumpy dirt road and we get thrown around from side to side. I wish I had a handle to hold.

    We get to the base of the Telica Volcano. This volcano is still active. Our guide explains that its last activity was a month ago 🌋. She also explains that there are wild horses, scorpions and snakes. Watch where you step. Our hike to the top takes about 45 minutes. The circumference of the rim of the crater is around 750m. It is quite the hole. We do not see the lava as the sulfuric smoke blocks the view but we can hear it hissing.

    We buy drinks from a guy who carries a cooler at the top everyday and enjoy the view. He offers beer or coke. After our drink we head to another spot to go watch the sunset. On our way we make a small detour to see the bats in a small cave hidden. As we approach the bats hear us and start flying everywhere. There are many bats coming and going flying inches above our heads. It is quite interesting to watch and hear.

    When then head to a spot to watch the sunset. As we watch, we chat with our guide to learn more about her an what she does for fun in her spare time. She has 3 dogs and loves music and movies. She is very kind.

    After sunset we walk back to the top of the Volcano to try and see some lava. We still see nothing, Grethell says that we have to wait for a bit more darkness. We see a small crack with orange lava open for a couple of seconds and then it disappears. All excited we try and see if we can spot more. 2 minutes later we hear a small explosion. Our guide asks if it was us that threw a large rock. We say no, she then says "Sorry guys we have to go". Because it's active she does not want to take any chances as she has had one scary encounter 3 years ago and had to run down. We are not running down but walking fast enough. Thankfully we do not hear any other loud sounds from the Volcano.

    We get into the Jeep and start our bumpy ride back to the city. My butt is happy when we finally arrive on pavement. We are taken to a bar where we share a beer with Grethell. We eat supper there and then take a nice deserved shower before going to bed.
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  • Day370

    Leon

    May 11, 2018 in Nicaragua ⋅ 🌫 29 °C

    A 3 hour mini-bus ride took us to Leon.
    We found this city to feel much larger and grittier than Granada. There are bars on every door and window, yet it still manages to be a somewhat charming, historic colonial city. There’s (seemingly) a church on every corner - some with very ornate and colorful facades, some looking ready to recede into tropical decay.
    Despite its’ violent past, and recent violent protests in Managua, here in Leon seems relaxed. However, talking to our hotel owner, he believes things could change very quickly, not for the good. The US Embassy seems to share this pessimism as we’ve been getting nearly daily travel warnings for the country. It’s been reported that as many as 60 people have been killed in protest-related violence so far. While we’ve felt relatively safe here, we’re looking forward to moving on to Guatemala.
    A highlight of our visit was The Ortiz Foundation Art Center. Housed in several beautiful and sprawling colonial mansions, it was unexpectedly impressive. While it mostly highlighted Central American artists - some very, very good - we also saw works by Picasso, Warhol, Basquiat,and Mondrian - to name a few. Not what we expected, not advertised much, and totally deserted…apart from us and the dozen or so security guards following us around turning on and off the lights and fans in the rooms we entered, then left.
    Summary: Heat:…diabolical, Mosquitoes…bad! Beer…average. Tropical fruit – mango, papaya, passion-fruit …very good! Coffee…excellent – though now John can’t nap (which is bad for everyone).
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  • Day32

    León

    December 17, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Hüt am Morge ischw ä Foodtour dür León ufem Programm gstange. Mir si derbi übere Märit glofe u hei die verschiednigste Sache probiert. Vo Sapote über Jocete bis zu Yuka u Zuckerrohr hets viu ds probiere gäh. O Getränk hei mir dörfe probiere, aber da ha i scho wider vergässe wie die Sache gheisse hei. Es isch emu aues sehr lecker gsi.

    Am spätere Namitag bi i de no ufe nä Stadttour. Dert isch extrem viu vor Gschicht vo León u Nicaragua verzeuht worde. Eher chli ä Gschichts-Tour gsi.
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  • Day30

    San Juan del Sur a Léon

    December 15, 2019 in Nicaragua ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Hüt usch mini Reis witergange dür haub Nicaragua. Bi mit em nä Shuttle vo San Juan del Sur ud Leon gfrahre (si öbbe 6h gsi)
    Bi när mit ärä Holländerin u em nä Ami öbis gah ässä. Hei de nachem ässcho mau ds Stadt ä chli erkundet u die "schöni" Wiehnachtsdekoration bestuunt. Morn mach i ä Vulcan Sunsettour. Bi scho gespannt was ni erwartet.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

León, Leon, Горад Леон, Λεόν, לאון, レオン, ლეონი, 레온, Леон, Leonas, لیون، نکاراگوا, 莱昂

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