LEÓN, Nicaragua — Visitors to León are greeted by a large sign reading, “First Capital of the Revolution.” A museum focusing on the 1979 Sandinista uprising sits in the center of town. On a recent afternoon, a short, stocky ex-guerrilla, Marcelo Pereira, stood outside inviting tourists in.
The few who entered found only a couple of dark halls with chipped paint. Faded photos and posters hang haphazardly on the walls. Guides speak only Spanish. Half a dozen veterans sit listlessly, as if they have nothing to do but wait for the next revolution.