Further along I came to la Iglesia San Juan de Dios, built in the 1850s-
I decided to hop on a chicken bus, or 2 or 3 or 4! to go to León Viejo. 3 hours there and back on public transport was hot and long, although the return trip was quicker - no waiting for the bus to fill up.
Christopher Columbus arrived in Nicaragua in 1502 in the Santa Maria-
The city was inhabited for only 86 years, abandoned in 1610 because of a shortage of labor, scarcity of trade, the extinction of gold mines, numerous tremors and a giant earthquake. Sounds like quite a few good reasons to me!
The palace was 1457 square meters-
The lookout tower faced Lake Managua and Momotombo Volcano-
The nearby village of Puerto Momotombo has dirt/ash/sand streets. Homes do have power but it is a very laid back and quiet place-