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Ruins of Leon Viejo

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Address: Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
Description: Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
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Not exactly Pompeii!

The town was dismantled in an organised move away from the base of the volcano. As a result there are no artefacts and you can we a few foundations of buildings. Why this is a... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2015
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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The town was dismantled in an organised move away from the base of the volcano. As a result there are no artefacts and you can we a few foundations of buildings. Why this is a Unesco site is a mystery to me. A huge disappointment.

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

As others have said, there is very little to see here as the site was mostly covered up again after the excavation - the Main Street is 2m below current ground level. The history is interesting, and the story of the treatment of the indigenous population is shocking, but this is not worth a trip out from Leon. If you... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Between what the ruins of Leon Viejo are advertised as and what you actually see, the experience was fairly disappointing. There were very few ruins that were fully uncovered- the little that you do see is only partially visible, not very well marked, and/or obstructed. The tour guide that took us around had a very monotone delivery and was not... More 

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Cagliari
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The place is interesting but you will need A LOT of imagination to picture how it used to be. There is hardly anything there...

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West Point, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I must say that I was greatly saddened when I learned that an entire culture was obliterated here due to Spanish conquerors. They have a nice little museum, display of the ruins, a guide(speaks English), and the ruins themselves. These ruins are from the 1500's...not like Mayan ruins of Guatemala. The price is reasonable and there is a beautiful of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

. Background: As part of a 3-week volcano trek across Central America, our tour group visited these remote ruins. Now a World Heritage Site (ca 2000), Leon Viejo was the original site of Leon, founded in June 1524 by the Spanish conquistador Cordoba. Because of its proximity to Momotombo volcano, it was especially vulnerable to destruction. Several eruptions and two... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The view of the volcano and I enjoy history, so seeing the ruins and the excavating they were doing was great. Also a VERY reasonably priced shop with local wares (cheaper than Masaya market for the same items)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We enjoyed our trip to Ruinas of Leon Viejo even though there are not many ruins. It was definitely worth it for the view of Momotombo volcano. Our guide at KarmaNica Tours was great!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is one of those things to do if you have time. If you find this kind of thing interesting you should go but there are some many great things to do in Leon - if you have to skip something, maybe this should be it.

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Leon, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I very much recommend going to Leon Viejo. It's become a well-run historical attraction over the years with two museums, guides, a full tour, and the view of Momotombo is fantastic. The site is under ongoing archaeological digs which means it's constantly under discovery. Spend 2-3 hours here, bring lots of water and a well-charged camera, and be prepared to... More 

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