At the arrival of the Spaniards, the territory of the municipality of Teustepe was part of an important peripheral area of ​​the Chorotega ethnic group, of the Mangue language, but with a command of the Nahuatl dialect. The archaeological remains in its subsoil testify to its origin.

Teo Tepec Cultural House

Teo Tepec Cultural House

The aboriginal name is derived from the etymological root Teote: gods and Tepec: seat or Place, it means “Place of the gods”.

The first mention of Teustepe dates from the year 1548, when the Royal Audience of Guatemala mentions the indigenous village of "Teotepec" in a list of tribute assignments. Initially, the colonial town was established in El Tamarindo, to the northwest of its current location, but the flooding of the Malacatoya River forced them to move to their current location, a place that was known as “Camoapilla”.

Teustepe demonstrated her honor and bravery in the war against the filibusters, being a place of resistance that blocked the passage of those invading forces.

On April 18, 1861, the Teustepe Military District was created in its current seat, with jurisdiction over the towns of Boaco, San Lorenzo and San José de los Remates.

Teustepe was granted the title of city on February 18, 1970. 

Artistic expressions and manifestations 

The Street Judea. Street theater has been promoted for 9 years, by Wilfredo Ordeñana, director of the Cultural Center. It has constituted the theater group that interprets La Judea, during Holy Week.

Teotepec Dance Group. Founded in 1999, in the children's part it cares for 24 children and in the juvenile part 27 young people, it is directed by the teacher Elia Lucia Sánchez Rodríguez. They dance only national music such as folklore, they are Nica, polkas, mazurcas, palo de mayo and Garífuna music.

Poetry Group. Formed in 2008, made up of 22 adults and 8 children.  

There are two philharmonic bands in the municipality. The Band The Effort by Miguel Gudiel, formed in 1970 and made up of 10 musicians, and the Espinoza Brothers Band, formed in 2001. They are directed by Luis Enrique Espinosa.

As for painting, the teacher José Antonio Calero from the Las Limas community stands out, a born painter, has art studies at the INC and shares teachings with painting fans in the municipality, he also has a gallery of his paintings in the House Cultural Teo Tepec.

The representative song of the municipality is "Teustepe", by the singer-songwriter Camilo Zapata.

Craft trades

The trades in the municipality are represented by bakers such as Don Juan Alejo Bermúdez, the Jarquín Family and Don Juan Sevilla.

The sobadores, Mr. Tito Catillo, Zeneyda Luna, Humberto Bermúdez, Mr. Andrés Velásquez, Zeneyda Castillo, Tito Luna and the sobadora known as “Albertina”. There are also midwives who assist women during the birth of their children.

Likewise, the municipality has farmers, day laborers, ranchers and beekeepers.


Among the legends mentioned are the "Legend eats the dead of Cusirisne" which is typical of the municipality, "Headless Horseman", "El Cadejo", "El Mico", "La Cegua" and "La Llorona".

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

Wilfredo Ordeñana Obando, cultural promoter and director of the House of Culture.

Wilmer Mairena, guitarist musician, very popular for his cheerful personality.

The national singer-songwriter Francisco Barberena popularly known as the «Lic. Goat"

Baseball players: Julio Mairena, Alfonso Mairena, Carlos Blanco and Cristóbal Acosta.

Sites of historical and cultural interest 

A place full of history is the hill the common, where General Augusto C. Sandino, on May 4, 1927, with his brave soldiers, rebelled against the military intervention of the United States in Nicaragua, refusing to recognize and sign the harmful "Pacto del Espino Negro". In tribute to this feat, May 4 was declared "National Dignity Day", you can also tour the site and observe the flora and fauna that inhabit the hill. It is located in the El Potrerillo region, south of the town.

CoPainted Stone brand

In this place you can see more than 100 pre-Hispanic figures carved in the rocks, among them, concentric crosses, zoomorphic representations and geometric elements.

I also got to know different petroglyphs and caves existing in the municipality, you can find them in the El Cacao de las Chavarría region, Los Molejones region 12 kilometers from the town and El Llanito 2 kilometers, also in the Asiento Viejo region. In the La Jabilla farmhouse there are the petroglyphs known as Piedra Pintada, in the latter is the estate of Don Rito Alvarado, with his help you can tour the area, observe the petroglyphs and learn about the customs of the population.

Teo Tepec Cultural House: Children's paintings are permanently exhibited, archaeological pieces such as grinding stones and mortars are also occasionally exhibited.



In this house of culture you can also see a mural with national symbols, national heroes and local rock art. This is a work of the year 2016.

It operates from 8:00 in the morning and is located in the urban sector, a few meters from the Municipal Park. 

Visit The tamarindIt is an old seat of the municipality where you will find archaeological pieces and vestiges of indigenous settlements. It is located in the community of the same name.


Crafts in jícaro. In the La Joya community they work the bark of the jícaro fruit, with which they make glasses and other objects for domestic and utilitarian use, they also make this type of crafts in the El Llanito community.

Pottery. In the El Ponedero region and the San Jerónimo region, they make rustic comales, jars and pots.


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