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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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4* with a guide, no stars without.

Our guide Mario made this trip which began as a total disaster worthwhile. We maybe had high expectations from the unesco site, and when mario was able to explain the history and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 7, 2015
Lucy S
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49 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited this ruin site recognized worldwide for its history. My husband loved it because he is really a history buff. Be prepared it will be very hot walking the ruins and you will need bug spray. Also the restrooms (Bano's) don't have running water. The Women's did not have any tissue. Didn't know how to flush. After awhile another... More 

1 Thank KentuckyLuvnlife
Leon, Nicaragua
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you like history, and artifacts this is a wonderful stop! Tomb of the Conquistador Cordoba and the floors and some walls from buildings built in the 1500's. You can spend at least 1/2 a day here.

1 Thank PaulS19582015
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

we were with our tour group and the guide was with another group so our tour guides showed us around and were actually very knowledgeable. It was very interesting to see the ruins and history of the area and I loved knowing that I was walking on the same path that people in the past had walked along or been... More 

1 Thank Robyn G
Tampa, Florida
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

So much attractions to see and do. The people are so humble and yes I recommend this place if you love geography and history...

Thank Sexy96
Granada, Nicaragua
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50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Something i always tell people is that do not compare this site with pompey, as the locals had enough time to remove the roof at the moment of earthquakes and eruptions at the 1600[s, the site it self is quite interesting but the plus will give it to you the local guide he or she will be the one that... More 

1 Thank Byronortega
St. Helier, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

That was a daytrip by bus for us from Leon and it's a shame that they have not uncovered more of the city walls. You need a good imagination to picture how the city could have looked like in the 15th century before the Spanish moved the city to its current location because of eruptions and earthquakes. The site is... More 

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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015 via mobile

Our guide Mario made this trip which began as a total disaster worthwhile. We maybe had high expectations from the unesco site, and when mario was able to explain the history and culture accompanying the ruins it was so interesting. Without a guide there isn't much point going as the signs are all copied and pasted with the same info... More 

Thank Lucy S
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

the second colonial city build by the spanish people. but they left the city be cose the eruption of the momotombo volcano.

Thank turissanicaragua
Brampton, Canada
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

So much history what brave people to survive the revolution ... very interesting and unique a must to visit

Thank kat154982
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I hired a private car and driver to take me from Granada to Leon for the day. My drivers name was Carlos. First off he was 15 minutes early to pick me up. He spoke perfect English. He was very knowledgeable about everything. He made my trip worth doing. If you are ever in Granada and want to do a... More 

1 Thank Paul K

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