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Ruins of Leon Viejo

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Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.

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this was very interesting and has a great history. Plus you see the steaming volcano Momotombo in the background

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

this was very interesting and has a great history. Plus you see the steaming volcano Momotombo in the background

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oscar Reyes "Tours Nicaragua"($60) brought us 68km from our Managua hotel, La Posada del Arcangel. I am uncertain why we missed this site on our visit to Leon 4 years ago, with it's easier access. Our 90 minute trip followed the southwest coastline of Lake Managua offering fine long views of Vulcan Momotombo, smoking from its 4,255' peak. It becomes... More 

Thank Gene J
Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's worth the trip! If you're up for doing something different and doing it independently you're in for a treat! Take a bus to La Paz Centro from the main bus terminal in Leon (around 18 cordobas per person, approximately 1 hour). Take it all the way to the end in La Paz Centro. There will be another bus waiting... More 

Thank MaryLou336
Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

The entry costs around US$5 and includes a guide, the tour of the ruins, and the tour of the 2 small museums (about 2h for my tour, and I was alone so I got a private tour). I thought the tour was interesting. It is not spectacular as we mainly see ruins of foundations, but the History and Archeology lovers... More 

Thank Jessica B
East Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

This is a small collection of ruins protected by UNESCO. The old town of Leon (it has been rebuilt thus there is a 'new' Leon) was destroyed by earthquake. Do not think this will be reminiscent of Pompeii or you will be disenchanted. Also, do have a guide to tell you more about it. The trees were new and different... More 

Thank Leigh D
Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

These are ruins! You will see foundations of various structures the Spanish built before abandoning the city because seismic activity. The most interesting feature to me was a statue commemorating an atrocity committed by the Spanish. The park is well signed, with explanatory signs next to each ruin in English and Spanish. Worth a visit but not as much of... More 

Thank jbrown859
Port Coquitlam, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

Partially unearthed foundations of an old Spanish community destroyed by and earthquake centuries ago. A UNESCO site only partially explored. Not a lot to see, but worth the visit if you are in the area.

Thank Garry H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

The Ruins de Leon Viejo are small but once you take a small hike, the resulting view of the Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua are the best part, Once you've been to ruins of Pompeii, I don't think that anything compares. Aside from the ruins, there is also a very small museum. Don't blink or you'll miss the Museo Imabite... More 

Thank RickandGinny M
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This is a must if you are in Leon. Hot hot weather. Beautiful history of the early settlements in Leon from the Spanish Conquistadors. Great views of the Lake and the Momotombo Volcanoe and Momotombito. Lots of walking and history. We took the tour and its great information that was shared about the history of the place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

This site is exactly what'd you think ruin coming out the ground. If you're into history and such you'll enjoy it but don't expect to see much because there wasn't much left. My grandparents said it looks like emptied out pools. That being said I took my 89 and 75 year old grand had a nice slow walk. The view... More 

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