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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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  • 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 »
  • I like history and visit historical places, but in reality these ruins of the old city of Leon, has little to do. The destruction caused by the eruption of the Momotombo volcano was huge, but I believe there will still be a lot of work to do archaeological and that someday may make this place enjoyable. If you have a lot of time visit these ruins if you don't enjoy your time, wandering the streets of the charming "new" city of Leon. The best of this visit and what is it really worth it, is the landscape of Lake Managua and the imposing volcano Momotombo, that when I visited these ruins had just erupt. Irony. In this case a nice irony, because you haven't taken the proportions when annihilated completely Leon and is awesome, although a little scary, because in reality we didn't know what would be the magnitude of its eruption, which fortunately, came to be of low intensity.
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