The Colonial Charm of Léon
Leon is a vibrant cultural city, home to the largest cathedral in Latin America and packed with artists, students and philosophers. You can’t help but notice the history of this place. You’ll catch a unique glimpse of the cultural heritage of this enigmatic city as we’ll arrange for you to rub shoulders with a local artist and have a go at creating your own piece of traditional Nicaraguan artwork.
- Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
- Cultural Heritage half day trip
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Arrival in Leon
When you arrive in Leon you’ll travel straight to your accommodation in the middle of downtown. The hotel is a converted monastery and museum housing religious statues and paintings. This evening you could take a walk to the central square where you can stroll along the market stalls and watch the local musicians and old folk who gather to play cards.
Cultural Heritage Tour & Departure
After breakfast you’ll be collected from your hotel ready for a unique tour learning to create traditional Nicaraguan art. Watch a local artist demonstrate the age-old techniques of creating a variety of typical Nicaraguan handicrafts; then try them out yourself. You may not be an expert after your first try, but at least you’ll have some original homemade souvenirs to take back to friends and family back home.
You’ll be dropped off back at your hotel at around lunch time giving you the rest of the day free to explore the city. In the centre of Leon alone you’ll find 12 colonial cathedrals and churches with beautiful sculptures and vaults. The city has an intellectual atmosphere and you can really soak up the history.
The next day it’s time to say goodbye to the Colonial charm of Leon and travel onwards to your next destination.
Cerro Negro Trip
You can extend your stay in Leon and take a trip to the impressive Cerro Negro Volcano. Along with an experienced guide, you’ll climb to the crater rim to soak up the have fantastic views. Soon it’s time to head back down by wooden board! This is optional but definitely worth the adrenaline rush.
£48 - per person
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