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El Coyotepe Fortress

km. 28 Carretera Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua
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Essential to gain an understanding of Nicaraguan recent history

This fortress was used as a torture chamber for political prisoners during a brutal dictatorship... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Tunnels & viewpoints

Toured with a small group and while drawings/graffiti isn't original from prisoners in the cells... read more

Reviewed 31 March 2017
San Jose, Costa Rica
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km. 28 Carretera Masaya, Masaya, Nicaragua
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Reviewed 11 June 2017

This fortress was used as a torture chamber for political prisoners during a brutal dictatorship and America's role in recent history. You need a guide to help you understand what went on here and why. An educational opportunity for older children. Take a torch.

Thank TravelbugVietnam
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Toured with a small group and while drawings/graffiti isn't original from prisoners in the cells, interesting history. Beautiful views of Masaya as it's located on top of a hill and neat tunnel area. Protected by the Boy Scouts now and not sure if able to...More

Thank grudolph7
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Not a super pleasant place to visit, but absolutely will enrich your trip experience. The boy scout did a through tour with us, I was in tears and keep thinking about it. I am glad that we visited together with my 12 and 8 year...More

Thank Qing L
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This visit here isn't for weak stomachs. This is part of Nicaragua's recent history of a brutal dictatorship and an American intervention. A guide will show the dungeons and cells beneath the citadel and give you graphic descriptions of the terrible things that went on...More

1  Thank grace4865
Reviewed 7 January 2017

There are parts of this place that were used as a torture center. We went here with Jeffrey from Apoyo Spanish School, who told us he knows people whose fathers perished in the prison. The views are great. There was a general Zeledon who fought...More

1  Thank Maria L
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The boy scouts operate this historical monument. It was a fort to defend the country against the United States, which at the time backed the Conservative Party. Sounds familiar. There is a story about a general who fought the US Marines here, and lost. More...More

1  Thank Nicaragua P
Reviewed 13 November 2016

The fortress is worth visiting and was an important site both in the struggle against American occupation and as a prison and torture chamber during the Somoza years. The dungeons and torture chambers give you pause for reflection. However, the grafitti from teenage visitors from...More

Thank spbsfp
Reviewed 22 October 2016

At first glance, its just an old fortress. But once you're inside (take a guide) you learn about its history and get the real sense of what it had to be like in there for political prisoners. The views of Masaya and the other near...More

Thank TinaGoesAbroad
Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

A sight worth visiting with a tour guide is essential. Don't go at night! Interesting sight lots of history but you need a guide to show you around. Creepy cells and great views well worth seeing!

Thank Matthew J
Reviewed 11 July 2016

We got the full tour and description of history and torture and ran across a loving couple enjoying the dark.

Thank Lynne S
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