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Ruins of Leon Viejo

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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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Don't speak Spanish? Best to with a tour company

I was working as a tour guide at Sonati in Leon, and we often had people book tours here. It's a great place to learn about some of the history here, the first settlement of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2016
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New York, NY
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learned a lot about the history of old Leon city, much of it was quite sad. The ruins are interesting and there's a good view of the lake and volcanoes from one location.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

I was working as a tour guide at Sonati in Leon, and we often had people book tours here. It's a great place to learn about some of the history here, the first settlement of the Spaniards in Nicaragua. The specific guides at the park don't speak english, but most posts that explain everything have been translated into English. At... More 

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Thank E B
Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Enjoyed the tour, guide did a good job of clear spanish i could understand. Worth the $5 entry fee. We went there on a tour though and i wouldn't say it was worth the $40 we each paid from Leon. I think for less than you could probably find a driver. The bus also goes close.

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Managua, Nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

One of the oldest colonial cities in Central America, and the only one with the original street layout still intact (due to its abandonment in the 1500s and subsequent covering by earthquakes). Not much to see but ruins, but you can imagine the whole small city as it was in the 1400s. About an hour from Leon in a cab... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

Gorgeous location, and lots of great places to get great pictures from. But at the end of the day, it is a lot of effort for not a very holistic experience. You are better off doing a day trip to Cerro Negro and volcano board.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

This place reminds me of the southwest US, like a museum on a reservation, where National feds funded a museum and then pulled out the funding to continue to keep it up...it has quite an entrance and a lot was put into the museum, which I did not even expect. we drove ourselves there and then paid the steep entrance... More 

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Danmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

We had a really nice time here with our guide Dennis from Tierra Tours as he is so knowledgeable about the history of Nicaragua and of this place. Thanks to him we got a lot of valuble information about the history of Nicaragua in the colonial period plus before and after! The view of Momotombo is beautiful from here!!

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

If the names Francisco Hernandez Cordoba, Ponce de Leon and Hernando de Soto mean anything to you this is a must see sight in Nicaragua. The on site small museum is strictly in Spanish and the overall site could use a lot of restoration work but to be able to walk the streets of a 16th Century town founded by... More 

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Hampton Bays, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Start early in the morning by taking the bus to La Paz Centro. There you will change to the Mt Momotombo bus. Get off at the stop for Leon Viejo. You can ask the bus conductor to tell you when you get there. Get a tuk-tuk to the ruins (about 20 cordobas I think). Take a guide--there's no charge but... More 

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Old Bridge, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

this town suffered a bad earthquake, because is surrounded by volcanos that are actives. the town can use some cleanup and paint, but still very authentic.

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