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Ruins of Leon Viejo

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Address: Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
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88605362
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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 City Tour from Managua
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Corinto Shore Excursion: Rum Factory and Ruins of Leon Viejo with Lunch

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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Montreal, Canada
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 

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Port Coquitlam, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

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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 

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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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