Sunrise in America
Chontales is a department of marked and beautiful contrasts and a land celebrated for "gates” and singers. “Where the rivers are made of milk and the curdled stones”, is an allusion to his rich and centuries-old livestock tradition.
The phrase: "Chontales is beautiful" is not far from reality. Its intricate geography runs between four defined climatological areas: the zigzagging coastal zone in Lake Cocibolca (90 km), the wide plains that make up the horizon and where the old cattle ranches were established; the portentous Sierra de Amerrique and the beginning of the vast plateau of the Caribbean.
The Chontaleño people are renowned for their hospitality, industriousness and humility. It was here where the mythical Chontaleño campisto, centaur for some, weaved his feats dealing with the bravest bulls in the inhospitable natural environment.
The traditional festivities disturb the dawn to the rhythm of chicheros when the town attends the happy targets. Bullfighting evenings celebrate a heritage of brave bulls and brave horsemen, while the "to die dreaming” incites the palate and enlivens the spirits of those who venture to try it.
Culturally, Chontales has impregnated its name with golden letters in the national identity. The value of your education is revalidated year after year. As an ancient zone of cultural and linguistic convergence, its history continues to captivate scholars and explorers who still debate the complexity of its rich archaeology.
The departmental area of 6,481 km² integrates ten municipalities: Juigalpa, its departmental capital, celebrates the most popular bullfighting festivals in Nicaragua. The Virgin of the Assumption is its patron saint. Its museums and zoo are of recognized national fame. The city was established in the "sacred valley of the Mayales", protected for thousands of years by Amerrique, the mountain that some believe gave our continent its name.
Acoyapa has in the El Nancital archipelago, its most precious natural resource. 27 islands inhabited by fishing families and an environment full of tranquility and scenic beauty. Santo Tomás, with a privileged climate, is established as the land of the best quesillo in Nicaragua. Villa Sandino keeps in the Piedras Pintadas Archaeological Park (Historical Heritage of the Nation), its richest and oldest ancestral record. El Coral enjoys an opulent livestock activity that is now combined with new and diverse crops, such as coffee.