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León is a cultural historical attraction that is definitely worth a visit, its direct surroundings offer plenty of interesting opportunities for day touring. The fact that León is not so well‐known to the general public has its advantages: maintains its authenticity preserved and you will connect more easily with locals. The Leonese ambiance is quiet and gentle, and with some of the main universities of the country, there is always something to do at night: parties, live music, folcloristic performances, etcetera. A city tour is a great way to get to know the city and its history and also to taste the local atmosphere.
The nearby beaches of Poneloya and Las Peñitas offer plenty of opportunities to relax, surf, swim or just enjoy the view in a hammock. The long Pacific coastline of the region offers white‐ and black‐sand beaches, mangrove habitat, and kilometers of bird‐filled estuaries. Another great attraction of the area is the massive chain of active and dormant volcanoes that stretches northwest from the ‘little Momotombo volcano’ in Lake Xolotlán to the Cosiguïna volcano bordering the Gulf of Fonseca (border Honduras/El Salvador). A tour to the most active and one of the youngest volcanoes of Nicaragua, the Cerro Negro, is certainly a ‘must‐do’. The volcano, covered with black volcanic debris, is quite easy to climb, and it is a marvelous experience: in a ski‐like manner you will descend the steep slope. If you are in for even a little more adventure, you can go ash boarding down the slopes of the Cerro Negro.