City of Leon Recognized by Forbes

Posted by Jamie Cain on Apr 2, 2018 3:04:48 PM
Recognized by Forbes as, “One of the 10 Coolest Cities Around the World to Visit in 2018,” is the city of Leon.


Only an hour from Managua, Leon is full of important history that shaped Nicaragua into what it is today.

It’s the city of the revolution and one of the oldest Spanish colonies in Latin America. Most of its treasures are found in the narrow colonial streets, art galleries, museums, restaurants, and architecture.

Leon is also a university city, and having students means having no shortage of caffeine. There are wonderful cafes and coffee houses in the main plaza whenever you need a boost. And a boost, along with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide, is what you will need to really ‘take in’ this city. Setting about on foot is the best way to really observe and discover much of Leon’s history, wonder, and charm. The iconic Cathedral of Leon is an historical landmark, with its spectacular baroque and neoclassical architecture. It has stood the test of time because of its anti-seismic construction. Its walls have endured earthquakes, eruptions of the Cerro Negro Volcano, and bombings during civil wars. Like the Granada Cathedral, there are tunnels leading to other churches in the region, with five known access points and two secret access points. These tunnels house crypts, designed to serve as earthquake shelters. They now hold the remains of 27 people, including Bishops and some of Nicaragua’s most celebrated poets and musicians.

Nearby, the Centro de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Gurdian, located in 2 colonial-era houses is notable for its collection of Latin American and European contemporary art. Just 19 miles east, near the base of the Momotombo Volcano, are the ruins of the medieval city of Leon Viejo, which was buried by an eruption of the Momotombo Volcano in 1610. Another volcano near the city of Leon is the Cerro Negro Volcano, which first appeared in 1850 and is the youngest volcano in Central America. But don’t let its “youth” fool you. Cerro Negro has helped transform Nicaraguan Tourism by putting “volcano boarding” on the map and is one of the top global destinations for adventure tourism.


With so much history, beauty, and an abundance of natural attractions, the City of Leon never disappoints and will have you dreaming of your next visit to Nicaragua.

Located only a short distance from Gran Pacifica, Leon is a popular day-trip for hotel guests and residents. Discover more about Nicaragua by downloading the free Nicaragua Handbook.

You can read the full Forbes article here.

Jamie Cain

Written by Jamie Cain

Jamie Cain started her real estate career in 2002 in Dallas, TX as an on-site condominium sales agent in the posh community of Turtle Creek Blvd. Her managers quickly recognized her talent and professionalism from the beginning. She received many awards during her career there, including being awarded “Associate of the Month” twice, being recognized and honored as “The Top Sales Person of the Year”, and awarded the prestigious “Two Million Dollar Club”. She then accepted a sales manager position to another popular community in the thriving area of Uptown Dallas, which sold out quickly as well. In 2012, Jamie started her own apartment locating business called “Jamie’s Places”. It was a boutique- style agency that she solely operated on repeat and referral business. In 2017 she joined the ECI Development Team as a Property Liaison for the Gran Pacifica community in Nicaragua. She lives on the East Coast with her husband and 2 white cats, but travels to Central America frequently. “I have a strong desire in helping everyone find their next perfect home whether it be for investment, retirement, vacation, or something in between. And it is my goal to provide the best service possible with integrity and commitment.” Jamie also has a Home Marketing Certificate in home staging and organizing, and her interests and hobbies include photography, yoga, cooking, and blogging.

Topics: Living In Nicaragua, Tourism in Latin America, Nicaraguan Tourism