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El Coyotepe Fortress

km. 28 Carretera Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua
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Great views after sunset

We stopped by on our way to Managua and got to the top of the hill at about sunset. There wasn't... read more

Reviewed 7 October 2017
Timothy N
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Granger, Indiana
Get a tour guide to take you down into the fortress

This place is definitely worth a visit. The fortress offers a fabulous view of the city and... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2017
Zoe K
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“boy scouts” (6 reviews)
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km. 28 Carretera Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We stopped by on our way to Managua and got to the top of the hill at about sunset. There wasn't much room to park for more than a couple of cars. The views where beautiful. There is a $2 per person fee to enter....More

Thank Timothy N
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

This place is definitely worth a visit. The fortress offers a fabulous view of the city and Volcano. Get a tour guide and they can take you down into the fortress/prison. The tour is a must because they go into Nicaragua's history and the importance...More

Thank Zoe K
Reviewed 11 June 2017

This fortress was used as a torture chamber for political prisoners during a brutal dictatorship and America's role in recent history. You need a guide to help you understand what went on here and why. An educational opportunity for older children. Take a torch.

Thank TravelbugVietnam
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Toured with a small group and while drawings/graffiti isn't original from prisoners in the cells, interesting history. Beautiful views of Masaya as it's located on top of a hill and neat tunnel area. Protected by the Boy Scouts now and not sure if able to...More

Thank grudolph7
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Not a super pleasant place to visit, but absolutely will enrich your trip experience. The boy scout did a through tour with us, I was in tears and keep thinking about it. I am glad that we visited together with my 12 and 8 year...More

Thank Qing L
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This visit here isn't for weak stomachs. This is part of Nicaragua's recent history of a brutal dictatorship and an American intervention. A guide will show the dungeons and cells beneath the citadel and give you graphic descriptions of the terrible things that went on...More

1  Thank grace4865
Reviewed 7 January 2017

There are parts of this place that were used as a torture center. We went here with Jeffrey from Apoyo Spanish School, who told us he knows people whose fathers perished in the prison. The views are great. There was a general Zeledon who fought...More

1  Thank Maria L
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The boy scouts operate this historical monument. It was a fort to defend the country against the United States, which at the time backed the Conservative Party. Sounds familiar. There is a story about a general who fought the US Marines here, and lost. More...More

1  Thank Nicaragua P
Reviewed 13 November 2016

The fortress is worth visiting and was an important site both in the struggle against American occupation and as a prison and torture chamber during the Somoza years. The dungeons and torture chambers give you pause for reflection. However, the grafitti from teenage visitors from...More

Thank spbsfp
Reviewed 22 October 2016

At first glance, its just an old fortress. But once you're inside (take a guide) you learn about its history and get the real sense of what it had to be like in there for political prisoners. The views of Masaya and the other near...More

Thank TinaGoesAbroad
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