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Touristic Fair at León Viejo ruins

Faustino Salcedo | Mar 14, 2012

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Two days of sports competitions, touristic attractions expositions and activities for all the family.

The León Viejo ruins, Momotombo volcano, Maribios mountain range volcano trial, Xolotlán lake and the Tiger lagoon. All these touristic attractions will be the scenario of the First Handicraft, Gastronomy and Tourism Fair of León Viejo. In this event will take place a biking competition as well as a swimming competition and many activities for children and families.

The fair is programmed for Saturday March, 17 and Sunday March, 18 at the Momotombo Port, in front of the León Viejo ruins, located in La Paz Centro. The activities will begin at 9:00 AM and ends at 4:00 PM both days. The Miss Carnaval winner and the princesses of the pageant will be present along with many cultural acts.

At the event, the regional touristic entrepreneurs will expose their services. Among the offered products in the fair, the visitants can find: León handicrafts, typical foods. On the other hand, a one night stay at campings given by the organizers and at the hotel Tapaligüis will be offered.

One of the most important events at the fair is the biking competitions, which is being organized by the Veredas Cicloturismo group. This competition will take place on Sunday. It starts at 8:00 AM and the departure is at San Jacinto Hot Springs; the planned routes are Maribios mountain range volcano trial and the goal is at Leon Viejo ruins.

According to Luis Núñez, LAFISE group member, one of the organizers, "the idea of making the competition and the tour across that rout is to promote the rural tourism in that area". The other competition is swimming in the Tiger lagoon, located near to the Momotombo Port. All the visitors will have access to the historic site of León Viejo ruins.

If you are interested in assist to the fair, you can contact Aida Guerrero, Hotel Tapaligüis owner and president of the Port Momotombo micro-entrepreneurs Association. The phone number is (505) 83593765 and e-mail:

Translated by Olga Ortiz Kurashvili