The name of the municipality is derived from “La Quebrada del Coral”, a name given to it by certain initial settlers after killing a coral snake on the spot. This action influenced the denomination and later it extended to the border valley.

Local settlers

The area of ​​this municipality was territory dominated by indigenous cultures until the middle of the XNUMXth century. At the end of that century, the incursion of cattle, root and logger producers transformed the environment of the region. The roads of Acoyapa, in the La Manga sector, became the main access route to this area.

The colonization of the 60's, with peasants from the west of the country, increased the municipal population. In this stage, the town of Colonia Río Rama emerged, the second population center of the municipality. On the other hand, thanks to the climate and the higher rainfall, the ranchers of Chontales were buying land to keep their cattle in summer.

It was a matter of a few years for the municipality to be populated with people from all parts of Nicaragua, making its culture diverse and with expressions that give color to its identity.

Artistic expressions and manifestations  

In El Coral, dance groups are organized temporarily to animate the activities of the municipality. The practices and staging are coordinated by the Guardabarranco Group and the Leonel Rugama Cultural Group.

Craft trades: Farmer, rancher, camper and day laborer

Legends: The haunted pools, with abundant fish that cannot be caught, are common stories in this municipality. In peasant homes there is always care from the witch monkey or monkey, the goblins or other mysterious beings that shelter in the dark of night. Popular belief points to lycanthropic practices, people turning into animals.

The village memory keeps the names of Doña Mercedes Serrano and Mirtala Mina, as picturesque characters and strange experiences.

Member of the choir of the Parish of La Santa Cruz

Local figures who have contributed to history and culture

Managers of the municipality: P. Ignacio González (RIP), Rosalino Lazo Moreno (RIP), Gonzalo Matamoros (RIP), Emilio Trujillo (RIP), Carlos Carranza Lazo, Carmen Bravo, Alejandro Sequeira, Auxelia Espinoza, Sebastián Mejía, Sebastián Lazo Icabalceta, Ramón Laguna, Encarnación Lazo and Guillermo Ruiz Trujillo.

In the memory of the town, the community development efforts of the priests Ignacio González Lesme, of Colombian origin, and Orestes Téllez prevail.

Rosalino Lazo Moreno was a renowned livestock producer, manager of socio-cultural projects and sports promoter.

Carlos Carranza Lazo, promoter of social and productive programs and sports manager.

Professor Sebastián Lazo Icabalceta is a renowned teacher and researcher of local history.

Professor Elisena Soto is a teacher of generations and a recognized sociocultural promoter.

Don Oscar Centeno, popular doctor, snake bite dealer and self-taught man.

Marcos Lazo was a recognized pioneer of the town and cattle producer.

Víctor Carranza and Mrs. Elba Lazo renowned livestock producers.

The municipality has an archaeological wealth little explored and studied. On the El Chile hill, in the surroundings of the urban center and in the El Conejo, La Cuesta and El Trago communities there are important archaeological sites with statuary and samples of indigenous engravings.


Handicrafts made with guarumo fibers are of well-known national popularity, especially for the Christmas season. Families from Salto Grande make graceful deer and other animals that later adorn Nicaraguan homes. This type of craft is unique in the country.


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