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Ruins of Leon Viejo

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Address: Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
Phone Number: +505 8860 5362
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Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.

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Private Walking Tour of Leon Viejo Ruins
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Leon Viejo and Colonial City Tour from Managua

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in addition to the Ruins of Leon Viejo, a nice view of the Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

... These were only moderately interesting. However the tour guide, Sonia, was very good and knowledgable. I recommend going because it's an education, ties in to other history in Leon and also because there is an incredible view of Momotombo and the lake. Nice drive from Leon, chance to get a quesillo at a roadside stand on the way back.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

You can only see the settlements of the city, and a church that has some interesting features (history wise). I went one and will never go again, its not something you would be amaze unless you are a history fan, but hey, this was the first city in Nicaragua where the Spanish people tortured the indigenous so.. not that cool

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The Ruins of Leon Viejo are the first UNESCO World Heritage site in Nicaragua (2000). This is why: "León Viejo is one of the oldest Spanish colonial settlements in the Americas. It did not develop and so its ruins are outstanding testimony to the social and economic structures of the Spanish Empire in the 16th century. Moreover, the site has... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

The ruins aren't really ruins in a sense, there's really not much left from old viejo. I went without a tour and I found it to be a generally boring experience. If you're into history it'd certainly be a good experience because with a tour you could learn a lot about the ruins of viejo. I found it a lot... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

We learned a lot about the history of old Leon city, much of it was quite sad. The ruins are interesting and there's a good view of the lake and volcanoes from one location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016 via mobile

I was working as a tour guide at Sonati in Leon, and we often had people book tours here. It's a great place to learn about some of the history here, the first settlement of the Spaniards in Nicaragua. The specific guides at the park don't speak english, but most posts that explain everything have been translated into English. At... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Enjoyed the tour, guide did a good job of clear spanish i could understand. Worth the $5 entry fee. We went there on a tour though and i wouldn't say it was worth the $40 we each paid from Leon. I think for less than you could probably find a driver. The bus also goes close.

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