5. Visit the two Leóns
León Viejo is named after the city of Leon in Spain. It was established in 1524 and abandoned less than a century later, after earthquakes flattened it. Today, Leon Viejo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the 19th century, Nicaragua established a new León as its capital. While this city is no longer the capital of Nicaragua, it’s an important university town. It has a fascinating Museum of the Revolution that describes the history of the Sandinista movement, and some grand old-world Spanish architecture.