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Ruins of one of the oldest Spanish settlement in the New World.
Puerto Momotombo, Leon, Nicaragua
+505 8860 5362
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Reviewed 18 February 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...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed 11 February 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.

Thank dorothy m
Reviewed 2 January 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.

Thank rdella
Reviewed 29 December 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...More

Thank SuttonHill
Reviewed 23 December 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....More

1  Thank Lucy J
Reviewed 1 December 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...

Thank taffani
Reviewed 23 November 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...More

Thank Michelle B
Reviewed 6 October 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...More

2  Thank Eternal_Nomad_12
Reviewed 15 August 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)

1  Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 16 July 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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