Grrrrrr…. León

Grrrrr!!!! León
1 y 2 de Julio, 2011
Granada a León: 2.5 hs

De Granada hacia León volvimos a pasar por Masaya y aprovechamos a comprar unas hamacas para disfrutar el fresquito de Boston en el jardín. Al rato llegamos a Managua y para hacer cambio, almorzamos en un restaurante argentino/italiano en un mall bien moderno. Después de almorzar seguimos hasta León viejo, un pueblo que fue descubierto por arqueólogos hace pocos años. Vimos las ruinas de la primera ciudad española. Lástima que no todo estaba excavado, y los trabajos están paralizados por falta de presupuesto. León es una ciudad muy antigua también, con muchos colores, y muchísimas iglesias bastante bien conservadas. El calor acá también es bastante opresivo. Después de dos días en León y de haber estudiado un poco cómo seguir la ruta, nos despedimos de Nicaragua.

León is an old colonial city similar to Granada but not yet prepped so much for tourism. No fresh coat of paint on any buildings and no handcrafts for sale. It has many churches and other photogenic buildings so we strolled around the city taking pictures until the sky turned dark with clouds. It was very hot so we had to stop often to get a drink and we ended up taking a taxi back to the hotel. In the afternoon we watched the boring Argentina vs Bolivia soccer match for the Copa America.
On the way to León we visited the recently discovered ruins of León Viejo, apparently the first city built by the spaniards when they reached America. Not much has been dug up so what can be seen is a bit underwhelming. It is also about a one hour detour from the main road to León so may not be worth your time, although the mosquitos will thank you for visiting.
We took some time to plan how to get to Guatemala City by July 8th when Abu Susi and Abu Beto arrive. We had initially planned to drive through Honduras visiting Santa Lucia and the ruins of Copán but with the early visit of Abus changed our plans to driving through El Salvador. Coming from Nicaragua the route involves crossing into Honduras for about 120 km and then into El Salvador. Once in El Salvador we plan to stay in Alegría and Suchitoto. To get from Honduras to El Salvador in one day you have to deal with two Honduran borders and several police stops (some say over ten in the 120 km!) both reportedly horrible experiences. We are definitely not looking forward to this and a bit stressed about it.

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