Leon, Jinotega

After Managua, Lein has been ranked as the second largest city of Nicaragua. Its Spanish founder was Santiago de los Caballeros de Leon. We decided to visit based on a recommendation by a friend we met while in DC visiting the Vietnam Memorial. It is situated along the Rio Chiquita (Chiquito River), about 90 kilometers (56 miles) northwest of Managua, and about 18km (11 miles) to the east of Pacific Ocean coast. The UNAN was established in 1813 as the second oldest university in Central America. It is an important agricultural, commercial and industrial center for Nicaragua, which exports cattle peanut, sorghum, sugar cane, and plantain. This city has been the home to many of Nicaragua’s poets such as Alfonso Cortes, Ruben Dario, and Salomon de la Selva.

Best places to visit

  • Cerro Negro and Volcano Sand Boarding from Leon.   We had a great time on our tour when it began at 8:30 am with a pick up from our hotel in Leon. It takes half an hour to reach the Cerro Negro base. Then we visited the interpretation center and had an eye on the models of the Cerro Negro volcano. The trip is approximate of 1hr which includes a trek to the volcano and the sight scene of the beautiful landscape.
  • Other places to visit are Basilica Catedral de la Asuncion, Telica volcano, Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, Playa Poneloya, etc.

Good restaurants/bars

Some of the good restaurants that I have tasted in Leon are Imbir Restaurant, El Desayunazo, Restaurante Yavoy, and Restaurante El Sesteo. These restaurants are kind of cozy one. Other best places to eat are Restaurante Jui Huang, Los Picharditos, Restaurante Carnivoro, etc. Some bars which I must recommend is Gecko’s Bar, Snake Bar, Bar El Mirador – Terraza, La Olla Quemada, etc.


Many hotels in Leon are cheap and easy to get with good ambiance and hygiene. I had a halt at Hotel Flor De Satta; it was a really good experience there. Other hotels that I would suggest are Grand Hotel, Hotel Real Leon, Hotel Libano, Hotel La Perla Leon, and many more.

Thus as a whole, I had a great experience at Leon. This is one of the best places to visit. It is so much eye-catching that I feel like visiting it once again.