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Ruins of Leon Viejo

Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
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Ranked #10 of 11 Attractions in Leon
Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

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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37 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
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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37 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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London
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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Bangor, ME
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Walk the same streets as Balboa, DeSota, and other of the Spanish explorers. This is the heart and soul of what became Nicaraugua and evokes thoughts of how the history of this beautiful country is bound up in exploitation and good people trying to live a normal life.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

History in these small towns is always interesting especially coming from a well developed country. I always like to see how other cultures live.

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