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Ruins of Leon Viejo

Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
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Ranked #9 of 12 Attractions in Leon
Type: Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
Description: Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
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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
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
45 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
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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Panama City, Panama
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Tje place has a great potential.... They need to get more parts of buildings out of the dashes. Guide was good although too quick given the heat...

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Wisconsin
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The fist part of the tour starts with posters of history of the area- only in Spanish. The guide only spoke Spanish so we did not know most of the presentations. Further in the ruins were some English captions. I expected to see more intact ruins. There were the foundations only.

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Batavia, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I was guided by a young man who spoke pretty good English. It was approximately a one hour tour. We walked and stopped at various spots, most with just a bit of ruins showing as outlines but this place is an archeology dig in progress so as time passes and money arrives, it should continue to grow. They actually have... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It's not easy to get to the Ruins of Leon Viejo. We took a bus from Managua to Nagarote (45 minutes), another to La Paz Centro (25 minutes), and another to Leon Viejo (20 minutes). Then we walked down a dirt road and followed signs to find the ruins. For us, though, the finding it was half the fun. Imagine... More

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