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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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$521*
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5-Day Best of Nicaragua Tour: Managua, León and Granada

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If you're thinking you'll see Romanesque like ruins, you'd be disappointed. It is well worth the travel to get here, and you'll have an excellent view of the Momotombo volcano... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you're thinking you'll see Romanesque like ruins, you'd be disappointed. It is well worth the travel to get here, and you'll have an excellent view of the Momotombo volcano and surrounding lake. The guides speak good English and you'll get a good idea of the history of the place, which is very impressive.

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Villanova, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Visit the excavation site of the original town of Leon. The local tour guide explains all the archeological find and the layout of the city. The top of the old fortress locations offers a great view of the many surrounding volcanoes. A comfortable walk through history.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

When we went to the ruins, we found that there name was just on point; there were ruins. We got a really good guide to show us around and give us some clarification as to where we were and what we looked at, we learnt a thing or two from it. However, if you are not very interested in history,... More 

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Scottsdale
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186 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

To be honest we were spoiled after spending the last few weeks seeing magnificent Mayan ruins so we were less than impressed with this as they are really just the bottom of some walls sticking above the ground. It does you an idea of how large the structures were but there really is not much to see.

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Wonder Lake, IL
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Leon Viejo is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a place that History lovers and any Curious George would place on the bucket list, and I am one of the happy ones that had it checked out. With bunch of friends we were traveling Nicaragua on motorcycles and couldn't pass that opportunity. The museum and the ruins park is... More 

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Osoyoos, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

There isn't a lot to see or do here and it is a long way from Leon but if you go with a knowledgeable tour guide (highly recommend Julio Tours) it can be very interesting.

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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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57 attraction reviews
317 helpful votes 317 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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156 reviews 156 reviews
64 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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66 helpful votes 66 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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