The original city of Leon was constructed in 1524 near the Momotombo Volcano and Lake Managua, which seemed to be an ideal location to build until the volcano erupted in 1610 and covered the city in ash. Many of the people were able to evacuate, but the city was destroyed and “new” Leon was re-built miles away from the volcano, where it currently exists. Leon Viejo or “Old Leon” was rediscovered in 1862 and continues to be uncovered today.
Former churches and houses made of brick can be seen along with flora and fauna that flourishes in the volcanic soil. There is also a beautiful viewpoint up a small hill on the edge of the city, where visitors have a perfect view of the active Momotombo Volcano. Lake Managua glistens directly below the large volcano and makes for a perfect family photo opportunity.
Small museums outside the gates of the ruins provide the history of the indigenous people, and signage is available in English and Spanish.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Things to Know/Bring
There are public restrooms within the ruins area.