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A Detour to the Black Hill

A January 2007 trip to Leon by ext212

Cerro Negro Photo, Leon, Nicaragua More Photos
Quote: Disappointed with Nicaragua’s volcanoes so far, we decided to make a day trip to Leon, home of Cerro Negro, or the Black Hill.

A Detour to the Black Hill

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Cerro Negro Photo, Leon, Nicaragua
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Feeling a little disappointed with our experience with Nicaragua's volcanoes so far, we decided to postpone our flight to the Caribbean coast and stay one more day in Managua to make a day trip to Leon, home of Cerro Negro, or the Black Hill.The most recent eruption was back in 1999 although we were told that there were a few earthquakes in 2004. Until today, steam rises from the crater and the surrounding areas. The path up to the top still has sulphur.Quick Tips: Our trip to Leon was so last-minute, we didn't want to risk asking just any of the locals to take us to Cerro Negro. From Managua, we called Va Pues Tours in Leon and booked a tour the next day for a steep . (...Read More

Comedor Lucia

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Lucia to the rescue Photo, Leon, Nicaragua
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Leon is known as Nicaragua's "intellectual city" because the first university was founded there. Because it's a university town, there are a lot of young people. They are more educated, and therefore, politically active. They are also more inclined to participate in the arts. (There is a coffee shop/restaurant, which also doubles as an art gallery, called Cocinarte in town.)Because it's a university town, people don't really wake up too early. We arrived in Leon from Managua at 6:30am. The locals were just starting to set up their wares in the market. There were plenty of taxis and buses because a lot of people still work outside the main town, but we couldn't find a place that was open to eat...Read More

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Food stalls in the Central Market

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We ignored the other food stalls Photo, Leon, Nicaragua
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Before we left Leon, we walked around the central market. They sell almost everything inside, from souvenirs, to crumbly cheeses, to fruits and vegetables, to homemade meals.It's always been my rule to eat local food when I'm in a new place and Nicaragua was not an exception. My number two rule is to find a woman who looks like she can eat, because it usually means she can also cook.When we walked past the food stalls inside the central market, I spotted the largest woman in the area wearing an apron. We ignored all the other pots and pans around her and went straight for her table. We lifted the lids and smelled ridiculously good food. We just basically put our backpacks down, sat on ...Read More

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Cerro Negro Volcano

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Attraction | "Cerro Negro"

Cerro Negro Volcano Photo, Leon, Nicaragua
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After a long search for breakfast in Leon, we met up with Hector at the Va Pues Tour office inside the Cocinarte restaurant-cum-artist hangout. It was a last-minute arrangement and we couldn’t risk just asking one of the locals for a much cheaper ride to Cerro Negro, so we ended up shelling out $90 for the two of us to hike the crater.We got on the pickup truck and our driver negotiated the dry mud along the way while Hector told us about his life. He was young and energetic and seemed really thrilled that Chinese-looking people like us could speak Spanish. It was a long drive and we only saw one sign directing us towards the volcano. We tried to convince ourselves that we made the right decis...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2007

Cerro Negro Volcano
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