The next stop in our trip through Nicaragua was the city of Leon. A city very smiler to Granada in size and style.
We had a few bits planned, climbing to the top of the cathedral, visiting the revolutionary museum (as Leon was one of the main cities that led the revolution against the government) and an art gallery but it wasn't to be! As it was Easter week a lot of the city was closed down for the festivities!
So we spent a few days pottering around town seeing all the local buildings and people and took a hike up to one of the active volcanos in the region! One night we were lucky to see one of the many weekly processions through town for Easter, also having a birds eye view from our hostel balcony!
The volcano we trekked to was called volcano Telica at 1,061m. Although the trek was about 8 hours, in 38 degree heat it was worth it! The top of the volcano had been blasted away in the last explosion so it had a huge crater spewing hot sulphur constantly throughout the day. Also at the bottom of the crater was Milton larva! It wasn't a huge lava lake but as it was the first time we'd seen one it was a great sight. Especially as we stayed around for sunset and to see the glow of the larva at night!
By the time we'd reached the bottom were were exhausted and absolutely covered in mud and dust! A long 13 hour day but well worth it to see our first active volcano! Some of the ones in Guatemala are meant to be so active they're spewing larva all day like in Lord of the rings!
As the city was on lock down for festivities we decided to head out of town to Estelle for a few days and to do a canyoning/ river tour through one of the big canyons near the town.
When we arrive back in Leon on the Monday we should also have enough time to do the few activities we didn't manage to get done the last few days! After which Honduras and the Bay Islands bound!