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Ruins of Leon Viejo

Address: Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
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Ranked #15 of 27 things to do in Leon
Type: Historic sites, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
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Type: Historic sites, Ancient ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
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Elmhurst, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We tried driving, with a normal rental car and it was impossible. The WHOLE road , all the way to the ruins, about 15 km. from the main road, is under heavy construction. Unless you have an all terrain vehicle/SUV, you will not be able to make it. The goverment should have started working in sections of the road instead... More 

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Quite expensive entry fee by Nicaragua standards at $5 per person. Two simple small 'museum's , in Spanish only, then the site itself. The site has half a dozen open sided constructions protecting excavated sites from natures elements. These house exhibits that are basically the same, a few short walls outlining the structures that once stood there. One part has... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The guide around the site spoke really good English and knew his history, as we arrived abit late he stayed on to show us around, the excavations are only small amounts of what was there , children would probably be bored.

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Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
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64 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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121 helpful votes 121 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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42 helpful votes 42 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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18 helpful votes 18 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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