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maritimeexplorer wrote a review Mar 2020
Nova Scotia, Canada3,322 contributions1,079 helpful votes
People who know little about history and think that all ruins must be spectacular like Pompeii or the great Mayan cities should not come to Leon Viejo. Although it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site it is not in any way overwhelming, in fact the opposite. The reason its famous is because it does preserve the best ruins of a Spanish colonial city from the 16th century after it was abandoned in 1610 and then covered by layers of ash from nearby Momotombo volcano. Unlike Pompeii very little of Leon Viejo has been excavated and much of what you see is just the outlines of the buildings, not complete reconstructions. However, if you use your imagination you can picture what life was like here almost 500 years ago. There is an excellent model of what the place looked like before it was abandoned. Chances are you might be the only people on the site which is quiet and sees very few visitors. For birders it is a great place to find some of the more spectacular Nicaraguan species like mot mots and trogons. The views of Momotombo from atop the old citadel are also worth coming here to see as well as the monument to the Indigenous people. So expect to be disappointed at first, but the more time you spend here the better you'll like it.…
Date of experience: February 2020
Wout d wrote a review Mar 2020
Leon, Nicaragua52 contributions29 helpful votes
Great lookout and little trip outside the city. Recommend bringing sun lotion and loads of water. It's hot out there.
Date of experience: March 2020
Roman D wrote a review Jan 2020
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Date of experience: February 2019
TheFranci wrote a review Dec 2019
Moreno Valley, California163 contributions241 helpful votes
A somewhat lackluster partially unearthed 16th century city. There are a few ruins, most still to be fully dug out and restored. The city was abandoned and lost to time before being rediscovered 50 years ago, but does not offer the impact of any of the ancient cities we have seen. …
Date of experience: December 2019
Craig-World-Travelle wrote a review Jan 2019
Agoura Hills, California1,843 contributions504 helpful votes
I didn't get this place - just a bunch of bricks in holes in the ground. The best part was the amazing view of Momotombo volcano smoking in the distance with Lake Managua in front. I would not recommend visiting here.
Date of experience: January 2019