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El Coyotepe Fortress
Ranked #6 of 13 things to do in Masaya
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014


My wife and I were ATTACKED by a MAN WITH a butcher KNIFE while walking down from the fort towards Masaya. Several hours later we returned to the site with the police to show them where it had happened and a Nicaraguan couple reported to the police they had been attacked as well. The people running the fort did not seem surprised when the police told them so I assume it has happened before (they were of course concerned and disapproving). This was not a mugging this was a man jumping out of the bushes and charging at us full-speed with a large knife.

We took a taxi up the hill and therefore did not have any problems until we started hiking down (the other couple were attacked on their way up). The entrance fee is US $2/person. The fort itself was very interesting but somewhat creepy and dark. It has a unique of history as both a military fort, prison, and scout camp. I would recommend bringing a flashlight because the guides light was a bit dim, although it really gave us a feel for how awful the prison must have been.

If you choose to visit the fort you must take a taxi both ways. It is not safe to walk the path leading to the fort from the highway.


Visited July 2014
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English first
Boulder, Colorado
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140 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Go with a guide. There is so much history here, so tragic. I've talked about this place as much as any other we visited in Nicaragua.

Visited May 2014
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Portland, Maine
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190 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Powerful place.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2014 via mobile

The history here must be immense. One can visit the dungeon like areas below. Even today they feel heavy. The significance of this spot is still felt. We wish we knew more of this time in history. The views are commanding. You can see the lakes, Managua, Masaya, and the volcanos. I think we could even see the volcano near San Miguel, El Salvador, too far off in the distance to be any of the Nicaraguan volcanos.
From Masaya you can get to this hilltop fortress by walking. It makes for a good day trip.

Visited December 2013
Thank NewMexicoScraps
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windham, me
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46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Quick, cheap tour with great view”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

The view from the top is great. English speaking guide for underground tour of prison cells and torture chamber. They don't show you everything, in fact the 2nd floor tour is very brief. I would have liked to see more and hear more stories but I guess they don't have many records. I'll have to watch the Ghost Hunters Episode to get more info...

Visited March 2014
Thank Erin K
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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332 reviews
116 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“need a guide for this one to fully understand its history.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

Disliked the bats in the lowest level cells. Sad to here about and difficult to understand the history and torture at this location in its more recent history.

Visited February 2014
Thank somanyfoods
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