El Coyotepe Fortress
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bucketlisttravellers
Sydney, Australia3,783 contributions
Feb 2021
This is a fort with a lot of interesting history. It cost $2 per person for foreigners to enter the fort and an extra 20 cordobas per person to go down into the dungeon. We recommend you go with a guide so you can get a better understanding of the history of the area. The fort was built in 1893 and President Somoza rehabilitated the fort in the 1930s. The fort was previously used as a prison during periods of civil unrest and the conditions for the prisoners would have been very grim. The fort has a prominent position 360 metres above sea level on a hill known as the hill of the coyotes and from the top of the fort there are expansive views over the area.
Written 28 September 2021
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jtaraday
Seattle, WA16 contributions
Apr 2018 • Family
We arrived just before they closed the gates and just in time to watch the sun set. Amazing view. Didn't have the chance to tour the place because they were closing.
Written 9 April 2018
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robjustrob
Lethbridge, Canada1,792 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
this fortress was used as a jail up until quite recently. there are local kids there who will take you for a tour and tell you the history of the place, well worth the couple of bucks the kid charges, great views from the top in all directions.
Written 11 March 2018
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Lori L
Red Deer, Canada71 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
We traveled in a group of eight with Eleda Transporte (Bosco) and he took us to El Coyotepe. What we learned there will always stay with me. The young man who was our tour guide was very friendly and pleasant. We paid $2 each to take the tour and it was well worth the time.
Written 20 February 2018
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Vacatn-dreamer
Portland, OR141 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
This was a hard topic & tour but well worth the visit to El Coyotepe. The guide had a good amount of information. The guide brings you through each floor of the prison & informs you about what was known during the time of imprisonment under Somoza’s dictatorship as well as after during the Sandinista use of the prison.
Written 13 February 2018
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Jon S
Ottawa, Canada89 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
I didn't go into the place as my partner is repelled by places that are known for their inhuman treatment of their inhabitants, and this place certainly qualifies as that, including torture chambers and the like. Somoza's political prisoners were held here. For those in our group who went, I gather it was a sobering experience and a vivid reminder of man's inhumanity to man.
Written 30 January 2018
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baileylegleiter
Iowa City, IA29 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
Let me preface this by saying that I would not recommend this as a family attraction! Our tour guide was very informative and answered our questions. I was surprised that I had never heard of this place before going here because the history is pretty terrible and it wasn’t even from that long ago. Our guide talked about the brutal torture and rapes that occurred here which is why I wouldn’t recommend this if you have young children. If you are into historical sights this place might interest you. Beware of the bats!
Written 13 January 2018
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Timothy N
Granger, IN23 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We stopped by on our way to Managua and got to the top of the hill at about sunset. There wasn't much room to park for more than a couple of cars. The views where beautiful. There is a $2 per person fee to enter. We were told by the guide that there is a tour during the day of the dungeons below ground.
Written 6 October 2017
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Tukzo
Boston, MA110 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
This place is definitely worth a visit. The fortress offers a fabulous view of the city and Volcano. Get a tour guide and they can take you down into the fortress/prison. The tour is a must because they go into Nicaragua's history and the importance of the fort. An amazing experience!
Written 22 July 2017
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TravelbugVietnam
Vietnam1,637 contributions
May 2017 • Solo
This fortress was used as a torture chamber for political prisoners during a brutal dictatorship and America's role in recent history. You need a guide to help you understand what went on here and why. An educational opportunity for older children. Take a torch.
Written 11 June 2017
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