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Ruins of Leon Viejo, Leon

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Explore early 16th century Ruins of Leon Viejo, a site discovered by Spanish conquistador and founder of Nicaragua, Francisco Hernández de Córdoba. Córdoba found the site in 1524 and met a bloody end just two years later after being decapitated in a military coup by his lieutenant Pedrarias Dávila. The area originally had a native population of 15,000 people before being settled by the Spanish colonists, who turned it into a financial hub thanks to plenty of rich gold merchants in the city. The city migrated 30 km (18 mi) to the west after the nearby Momotambo volcano erupted in 1610. The old city was never actually destroyed, just covered by ash, and the excavation since have revealed the ruins underneath. Bring a camera to capture views of the volcano from the ruins. Plan your visit to Ruins of Leon Viejo and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Leon travel itinerary planner.
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  • The place is essentially a very small valley, with a path to a mountain where you have a beautiful view of the Lake and volcanoes. Which corresponds to the ruins, is nothing more than a small part of the structure of what was once the village. Do not expect to see impressive ruins. However, it is an excellent site to make the imagination. The available model and the path that marks the remains of the houses takes you to the past. It is highly recommended that you pay a (economic s) Guide and will help you to understand the customs of the village, its inhabitants, the marginalization of the Spaniards to Indians and the reasons for the disappearance of the village. Recommended arrival to that of the 15:00 hours. Sunset in the viewpoint of volcanoes is a very beautiful view.
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  • Directions by public transport from Leon out alone is already a nice cheap adventure where you can get to know country and people. Our guide on the spot was very friendly and knowledgeable. It could give us information widely about the excavations, what we liked.
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  • The Ruins de Leon Viejo are small but once you take a small hike, the resulting view of the Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua are the best part, Once you've been to ruins of Pompeii, I don't think th...  more »