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About León, Nicaragua

FAQ about Nicaragua

León is one of the most important cities in the country.

The center itself is an attractive destination due to:

  • Museums
  • Art Galleries
  • Colorful Colonial Architecture
  • Beaches
  • Volcanoes
  • Cosmopolitan Eateries

Is León safe?

Yes! According to statistics by Interpol and the United Nations, Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in the Americas, and the safest, after Costa Rica, in Central America.

Remember though that you are a tourist and can be targeted for theft. With this in mind, keep an eye on your belongings,especially when in crowded a bus. Pick pocketing is the biggest concern. Not violent crimes.

Is the water safe to drink?

There are differing opinions on this topic. Some say drinking the tap water made them sick, while others never had a problem arise because of drinking tap water. Drinking filtered or bottled water is always an option in all parts of the city.

How do I get around León on my own?

The beautiful thing about this city is that you can walk anywhere but there is NO lack of transportation!

Buses cost 5 NIO

Camionetas cost 5 NIO

Both are very common and run regularly everyday until 7.

Taxi base rate is 20 NIO

Are there ATM's?

Yes. In all banks and most big groceries stores, there are ATM's.

Can I use the US dollar, credit cards and debit cards?

In larger stores like grocery stores or higher end restaurants, yes you can use the US dollar, debit and credit cards.

Where should I exchange my money?

Any bank will exchange your money or you can find money exchangers in almost any busy part of the city.

What's is the weather like?

Nicaragua has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with average daily temperatures ranging between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius (77 and 81 °F) on the eastern side. The cooler period is from November to January, while the warmest months are April and May. Whether it is dry season or wet season, we recommend that you bring an umbrella to protect you either from the sun or the rain.

Are there any concerns for women travelers?

In Nicaragua, as in all of Latin America, women are adored  by “gentlemen” hoping for attention. Catcalls and whistles are common place, often accompanied with an “Adios, amorrrr,” or a, “Tss-tss!” Mostly, the perpetrators are harmless, immature young men with struggling moustaches.

It will either comfort or disgust you to know that Nicaraguan women are forced to endure the same treatment every day. Take note how they react. Most ignore the comments entirely, and some are flattered and smile confidently as they walk by. Angrily losing your cool is ill-advised, as it will only feed the fire. Be prepared for this part of the culture, and decide ahead of time how you plan to react.

What is the food like?

Rice, beans and corn are staples of Nicaraguan cuisine. Nicaraguan grass-fed beef results in juicy steaks, often cooked over wood-burning grills. Since the country borders on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and is home to one of the largest lakes in the Americas, fresh seafood is readily available. Menu prices in Nicaragua are considerably lower than in North America. At the finest restaurants, steaks and seafood are available for under $15.  Nicaragua is known for their gallo pinto (fried rice and red beans mixture), nacatamals (pork or chicken tamales) and caballo bayo (a buffet of traditional delicacies to be eaten on homemade tortillas, for special occasions). American food is also available at many restaurants.