In the Nahuatl language, Boaco means “land of enchanters”. In Mayangna it means place of the boa, an indigenous tribe of the area. It was elevated to the city on March 4, 1895.

Monument to the indigenous leader "Yarrince"

Monument to the indigenous leader "Yarrince"

For more than one hundred years, the municipality of Boaco was part of the department of Chontales and it was until February 4, 1910, under the government of Dr. José Madriz, that the National Legislative Assembly dictated the creation of the department of Jerez, remaining as head the city of Boaco; However, the conservative government annulled this law and it was until July 18, 1935, under the presidency of Dr. Juan Bautista Sacasa, that the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies of the Republic of Nicaragua decreed the definitive constitution of the department. de Boaco, being integrated by the municipalities of: Boaco, Camoapa, San Lorenzo, Teustepe, San José de los Remates and Santa Lucía.

Boaco is known as "The two-story city" because of its many streets, alleys and sidewalks that go up and down in the uneven urban area. 

Artistic expressions and manifestations


Monument to the dancers

Monument to the dancers

Ancient dance of "The dancers of Boaco". The most traditional and folkloric aspect of the patron saint festivities that are celebrated from July 21 to 28 is the presence of "the dancers", who are promising peasants who from generation to generation have come to pay tribute to the Patron Santiago, since the seventeenth century. to the present day.

The troupe of dancers is made up of 13 Moors, 13 Christians, seven vareros, three cashiers and a bailantito. All of them have left their laborer work to come and celebrate the saint, accompanying him on his journey through the streets and taking him back to the doors of the parish temple.

The traditional dance of Guaro Blanco also stands out.

Craft trades

Cheese makers, farmer, rancher, saddler and blacksmith.


In Boaco the "Legend of the dancers" is very well known. This legend speaks of the deeds attributed to the Apostle Santiago, the greatest Patron of Spain, that the missionaries told our settlers during the time of the conquest and the colony in this territory of Nicaragua.


Among its renowned artisans are Doña Mahela Duarte, a specialist in making hats, purses, toys, dolls and many other handicrafts made of pita material.

Local figures who have contributed to the history and culture of the town

Dr. Arnulfo Antonio Suarez Sobalvarro: A doctor by profession, a health worker, he greatly supported the neediest population, bringing joy and hope to thousands of children and the poor elderly.

Dr. Armando Incer Barquero

Dr. Armando Incer Barquero

Dr. Armando Incer Barquero: He has dedicated his entire life to the cultural development of Boaco, founder of the group "U" and promoter of Boaqueño folklore through "Los Bailantes", his work includes narrative and poetry.

Jaime Incer Barquero: He was born in Boaco and is recognized as one of its distinguished citizens. During his 45 years of professional life, he has written more than 20 books, has received international distinctions, including that of National Geographic, which two years ago named him "Latin American Leader in Conservation."

Flavio Cesar Tijerino: He was a Boaqueño intellectual, poet, literary critic and theater performer.

The painter also stands out Mario Marin.

Other sites of historical and cultural interest 

Municipal Museum: It exhibits a gallery of the mayors that the municipality has had since 1900, to the present, for a total of 48. The first two women mayors stand out, Mrs. Emma Mora de Robleto, first mayoress of Boaco and Nicaragua, in the period 1953- 1954.

This museum also exhibits numerous archaeological pieces, including funeral urns, stone mortars, which were used to stack basic grains, grinding stones and clay pots, as well as spear points and stone idols found in different sectors of the department. Among the curiosities, a huge whale bone that belongs to the front of the head stands out. 

Yarrince bleachers: Its name is in homage to the chief YARRINCE, (XNUMXth century), from them you can see in Boaco Bajo, the exit to the capital, the Parish of Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro, the hill where the Nicaraguan flag is hoisted and in general a whole landscape that gives us part of the beauty of the municipality.

Arturo Suarez Miranda Community Museum:  It is located in the center of the city of Boaco, north side of the central park, street of the public library, it is part of the project "Tourist Centers Life in Community" promoted by the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity through INIFOM (Nicaraguan Institute of Municipal Development), Local Governments supported by the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development).

Arturo-Suarez-Miranda-Boaco Community-Museum

Arturo Suarez Miranda Community Museum

It was reopened on August 22, 2018, with almost 3 years of experience, we have been the home of Boaco artists, from musicians to sculptors, in Boaco there is a lot of talent, visit our Facebook page, to learn more about our activities and campaigns

It has 5 areas, being the following: Paleontology, Archeology, Historical Pieces, old photographs and the national and international numismatic collection. We invite you to visit us, totally FREE entry, you can also be part of the artist club "Stoking Boaqueña Culture".

Attention to the public from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

La Niña Marina bleachers: they dominate the entire La Quebrada neighborhood, with their little houses built on the slopes of Cerro El Cuero.

Walk of the poets

Walk of the poets

Walk and monument to the Dancer: At the entrance to the promenade, a monument representing a dancer can be seen, where you can see the reproductions of the pre-Columbian petroglyphs integrated into their designs.

Walk of the Poets: in homage to the Boaqueños who have won the “Rubén Darío” Literature Award at an international level.

Antonio Tovar Walk: where the most important civic ceremonies are held, such as the swearing in of the flag, official acts of the Mayor's Office and others carried out by the municipal authorities.

Mural and monument to the indigenous leader "Yarrince": These murals and monuments show the indigenous leader with the qualities of a politician and love of working the land. Yarrince was captain of his region, land of the ancient towns of Boaco, Camoapa and Muy Muy, by title issued by the crown of Spain.


Ruben Dario Children's Park

Old Boaco: a region where buildings have been found for a hundred years old, here you will find the María Auxiliadora Parish, one of the relics of the city. It is located 14 kilometers from the city.

Rubén Darío playground: road and pedestrian access, there are 89 linear meters of paved streets with their gutters and signage. For the enjoyment of families and recreation of families, it has skating areas, green areas, benches and tables for better comfort, landscape view.


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