Oscar Reyes "Tours Nicaragua"($60) brought us 68km from our Managua hotel, La Posada del Arcangel. I am uncertain why we missed this site on our visit to Leon 4 years ago, with it's easier access.
Our 90 minute trip followed the southwest coastline of Lake Managua offering fine long views of Vulcan Momotombo, smoking from its 4,255' peak. It becomes a closeup along with its smaller neighbor, Vulcan Momotombito(2,789) from the archeological park. This site displays the 1524-1610 ruins of an unaltered colonial city(León Viejo-Wikipedia), preserved by volcanic ash. Multi-lingual guides linger at the small museum near the entrance($5 each), but we self toured the numerous foundations marked with Spanish/English explanations.
After walking the wooded enclosure with its main plaza memorial( 1528 Indigenous Resistance), we drove to the village "Mirador" with perfect lakefront views that today included a score of small handmade fishing craft and lots of whitecaps. We were back in Managua for a late lunch.
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