Photographer's Note

There are people and places that I'll never forget in this country and this city is surely one of them. I had read about Leon and I was too curious about it. It was my first destination when I arrived to Managua and I wasn't disappointed at all. I found a university city full of character, the city of revolution, which seems to insist on keeping its authenticity and refuses to sell its soul to Tourism. Visitors are far less than in Granada and it's surely the right place to feel the real Nicaragua. It was quite a feeling to reach the top of the cathedral and enjoy the view over the city, to find the tomb of the poet Ruben Dario in its interior or simple strolling around the streets and squares where people and children gather by the end of the day chating and eating raspados. When the evening comes, the boys also come and gather to perform "La Gigantona y El Enano Cabezón" in the main square.
There are not lots of people trying to sell souvenirs or excursions. And even the famous beach Las Peñitas, is mainly for locals and can be reached by Chicken Bus, where you'll probably find out you're the only tourist, among the many locals who use it to go to the market. But believe me, I'd gladly return.

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