Hi, I'm from Chicago. A city. A big city. I love nature, but I have to admit that there was a learning curve in Nicaragua on the subject of nature and how not to panic over small nature-things. My second night in Granada, I thought it would be cool to go on a night hike of Volcan de Masaya, or Masaya Volcano. It's not a tough hike and I'd go with a guide for about three hours of light hiking up a volcano and down into a lava cave. Easy enough, right?

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Photo Credit: ms.akr

Photo Credit: ms.akr

Leon is hot. I knew before I even landed in Nicaragua to expect to boil my skin in Leon, but I guess nothing ever truly prepares you to feel the discomfort of the heat bearing down on you like supercharged gravity beating you into submission.

Sweltering heat aside, it was a gritty and interesting city that's worth a visit. Most people go to Leon for a few days and do the same few tourist activities: volcano boarding on Cerro Negro, the Museum of the Revolution, the beach. That's not how I roll. Here's how I spent my time in Leon:

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I spent five days in Granada, and am currently sitting in Leon on a balcony overlooking a garden with the breeze in my hair trying not to die from the heat.

Before I arrived to the center of hell (based on the heat, the people of Leon are just delightful), I was on Ometepe Island for three days enjoying the volcanoes and such. I stayed at La Via Verde, a beautiful, homey organic farm and B&B with American owners who moved to Nicaragua 15 years ago.

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