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Ruins of Leon Viejo, Leon

(3.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Well, the place is a historic visit. An entry that has a very affordable price will be charged and that gives you the right not only to income, but also a guide. The place was declared heritage of humanity by UNESCO since it is an old colonial town. Actually what remains are ruins. The visit is interesting but it seemed to me that the guide had some errors regarding the information but still worth it go and know this area
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  • Did not expect it to be so interesting. Beautiful setting near lake. Amazing history that is not so well known. Good guide is neede  more »
  • Nice place, there are a lot of ruins, but a plan of the ancient city you help to put you in space, beautiful park with many trees, which produced the Dent, to make maracas...
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  • A place to visit to go back to the roots of Nicaraguas colonial history and be close to the hot and always active "Volcano Momotombo"
  • Sucha a nice place to visit!
  • Excellent place! Very good preparation of the Guide and the nicely arranged Museum.
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  • Very good service, and with tourist guide
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  • A place where history comes alive, through the words of the Guide and the same ruins. The section of the museum owns few items on display, but the ruins are everything. The tour takes approximately 1 hour and you pass a good time in the place. Recommended for children and adults, elderly advanced ava will have difficulties with the terrain, but there are benches for rest.
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