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On the way home from San Juan de Oriente we decided to stop and see El Coyotepe. El Coyotepe is a fort that sits on top of a big hill outside of Masaya. (The entrance is on Carratera Masaya just after the road to Tipitapa.) It was used for centuries as a lookout for spotting advancing enemies. Later the Somoza's turned it into a torture chamber for political prisoners. After the revolution the Sandinista's used it to torture prisoners as well. With the fall of the Sandinista's El Coyotepe was turned over to the Boy Scouts and today they maintain and operate the site. Guided tours are available 7 days a week for the cost of a donation to the Boy Scouts.

El Coyotepe Entrance
El Coyotepe Entrance
View From The Prison
View From The Prison
The Boy Scouts Run The Place
The Boy Scouts Run The Place
The Main Gate
The Main Gate
Entrance To The Dungeon
Entrance To The Dungeon
Underground Torture Chamber
Underground Torture Chamber

One of the scouts offered to unlock the doors and let us go into the dungeon for a few pesos. I think I gave him 20 Cordobas ($1) and he happily unlocked the door and let us in. There aren't any lights underground so they give you the tour by flashlight. It's truly a spooky place. Prisoners were kept in large pens like cattle and then taken to smaller rooms to be beaten. There are still blood stains on the walls after all these years from the many victims.


Underground Torture Chamber
Underground Torture Chamber
Underground Torture Chamber
Underground Torture Chamber
The Bathroom
The Bathroom
Juniett Inspects The Door
Juniett Inspects The Door
Its Dark Down Here
It's Dark Down Here
Lots Of Graffiti
Lots Of Graffiti
The Devils Workshop
The Devils Workshop
Comfy Cell
Comfy Cell
Fancy Spray Painting
Fancy Spray Painting
Blood Stains On The Wall
Blood Stains On The Wall
A Spiral Staircase
A Spiral Staircase
Exiting The Dungeon
Exiting The Dungeon

Today, El Coyotepe is a popular hangout place for the locals. At night, it's the place to come and party as you can see from all the graffiti on the walls. From all the condom wrappers laying around it's a popular place to do something else as well.

Juniett Wants To See More
Juniett Wants To See More
Ja, Ja, Ja
Ja, Ja, Ja
Gun Turrets
Gun Turrets
Hanging Out
Hanging Out
The Pit
The Pit
Skull And Bones
Skull And Bones
Windows Made For Shooting
Windows Made For Shooting
I Was Bad
I Was Bad
Let Me Out
Let Me Out
I Dont Belong Here
I Don't Belong Here
The Front Porch
The Front Porch
Great View Of Masaya
Great View Of Masaya

The views from El Coyotepe are amazing. While I doubt any of the inhabitants got to enjoy the views you can see why it's now a popular spot to visit. You can see the cities of Masaya, Granada, and Managua as well as the volcanos Mombachu and Masaya. Even if you don't care to tour the prison, El Coyotepe is a great spot for taking photos.

Masaya, Nicaragua
Masaya, Nicaragua
Volcanic Lake Near Masaya
Volcanic Lake Near Masaya
Hanging Out
Hanging Out
I See My Aunts House
I See My Aunts House
Standing On The Wall
Standing On The Wall
Great View
Great View
Juniett
Juniett
Juniett With Masaya Behind
Juniett With Masaya Behind
Tiny Windows
Tiny Windows
Climbing On The Roof
Climbing On The Roof
Hi Honey
Hi Honey
Prison Office
Prison Office
The Gun Tower
The Gun Tower
Not Much Light
Not Much Light
Outside Of The Fort
Outside Of The Fort

I took a nice video while driving down the mountain when we were leaving.

Heading Down The Mountain
Heading Down The Mountain
The Guardhouse
The Guardhouse
Plenty Of Cactus
Plenty Of Cactus
Leaving El Coyotepe
Leaving El Coyotepe
Adios El Coyotepe
Adios El Coyotepe


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