Leon is Nicaragua’s historical, cultural and religious capital. One of the most beautiful cathedral in Nicaragua, also called The House of Light, and it is located in the centre of the city. This is the largest cathedral in Central America, built in 18th century. 

This white cathedral is the most famoust among tourists and prominent building of Leon, Nicaragua. You absolutely need to visit to the rooftop, to experience it’s incredible architecture. Just be aware the roof is only accessible between certain hours.

What to do in Leon, Nicaragua?

Leon is best when you want to chill, enjoy street food and have cold beer near the Central square & murals. Explore city by foot and admire the diversity of the colorful buildings’ architecture. 

Leon is known for their Spanish-Colonial architectural heritage. It has been the capital of Nicaragua since colonial times. I also recommend exploring the rural areas where the poor part of the society lives.

Near the cathedral there’s a place to try best street food, also good for vegetarians like me. Next to the cathedral’s plaza there’s a tourist information. Don’t be surprised if nobody speaks English 🙂 We wanted to get information whether it’s possible to hike Telica Volcano without a tour guide… and didn’t get too much information. 

At that time we have already hiked Cerro Chato with a guide, beacuse everyone told us it’s dangerous to go alone. In fact the trail in well maintained and there’s no possibility to get lost. The only problem might be the level of difficulty, which depends mainly on a season and your fitness condition. There are few steep parts and sometimes it gets difficult to hike if it’s muddy but anything other than this is easy and the path is clear.

To reach Telica Volcano you can take a bus to San Jacinto from the local station of Leon.

Read about how to get to Telica Volcano without a tour guide: https://freestyletraveling.com/telica-volcano-without-tour-guide/.

From Leon we also visited Granada city, from where you can go on a night tour to watch live lava of the Masaya Volcano.

Top of the Cathedral in Leon
Top of the Cathedral in Leon