The colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua, seems to be lifted from a fairytale. Turrets, colours and the horse drawn carriages lining the square… It’s a Latin American Disneyland with a fantastic selection of bars, restaurants and tour operators – everything needed for the tourist melting in the heat and in dire need of ice-cream. León however is edgier, a little rougher around the edges than picturesque Granada. It attracts many backpackers for its adventure tourism scene, including volcano boarding down Cerro Negro. Poetry is a point of pride with the city, namely as its most famous son is poet Reuben Dario. He and other writers are immortalised as statues in the Parque de los Poetas, off Calle de los Poetas and opposite the Reuben Dario museum… A definite theme emerging in León.