Its ancient autochthonous settlers were Chorotegas and their language the Mangue, they bequeathed us traditions, toponymies and objects from past life such as polychrome ceramics, rock art and stone sculptures, the term Jinotepe comes from the Nahuatl language, Xolotl = Chilote and Tepelt = hill, means Cerro de los Chilotes.

Like Diriamba, Jinotepe is related to the chief Diriangén, a warrior of the Dirianes, who led the first defeat of the Spanish conquerors on Nicaraguan soil, on April 17, 1522. During the colony, Jinotepe belonged to the department of Granada, along with with Managua, Carazo and Masaya. Its products at that time were: corn, cotton, fabrics, salt, chickens, wax and honey.

At the end of the 1882th century, the sugar industry and the beginning of coffee growing gave an important boost to the economy of the municipality. In 17 it was elevated to a city and it was on April 1891, XNUMX, the department of Carazo was created. 

Artistic expressions and manifestations

Traditional dances 

The traditional dances of the municipality are the Baile de los Diablitos, Baile de las Inditas and the chinegros.

Folkloric Ballet

Xilotepelt folkloric ballet directed by Professor Ramón Enrique Esteban

Nochari folkloric ballet directed by Professor José Juan Flores

Municipal Dance School Directed by Professor Felipe Cruz.


The Espinoza Mojica brothers formed the Los Caciques musical group, formerly known as the Mojica Brothers, they perform unpublished Nicaraguan and Andean music, and they also make their own instruments.

The Coro Arpegio de Jinotepe was founded in 1988, its initial name was Coro Santiago. It has 30 members, they have a varied repertoire: sacred, classical, vernacular and popular music. It is directed by Marlon Matus Aronsson.

School of Fine Arts de Jinotepe

This art center was founded in 1999, with the aim of contributing to the improvement of techniques for the development of local artists, among the instructors of the school are:

  • Painters
    1. Ernest Vanegas
    2. Louis Romero
    3. mario fields
    4. Jose Maria Chavez
    5. Silvia Zuniga
  • Sculptors
    1. mario salinas
    2. Carlos Espinoza


Luis Vargas, portraitist and muralist, another painter is Fidel Sánchez Silva and the renowned painter Marvin Campos Chavarría and Luis Lezama "Lezamón" are the most recognized artists nationwide.

William Ampié Silva, a painter who recreates themes of sacred art, exotic birds, and pre-Hispanic art with acrylic, but his most recognized work is the portraits of vendors of different market trades.

Craft trades

Coffee cutter, seasonal occupation to collect ripe beans, is an activity that mobilizes family groups.

patiers, People of both sexes who ensure the elimination of excess moisture in the coffee beans, when it arrives wet, they distribute it on the patio to expose it to the sun. During this process they are responsible for moving the grains with a wooden rake. At night and in case of rain they should cover the coffee with plastic. This should be done before drying and threshing.

Pickers, is a trade reserved for women who are responsible for selecting coffee beans, eliminating bad or defective beans after threshing.

Arlen Siu Bermudez

Arlen Siu Bermudez


Legend of the arrival of Santiago Apóstol.

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

Arlen Siu: artist and FSLN guerrilla.

Lila Aguilar Roman: mayor who brought a lot of progress to Jinotepe.

Antonio Briceno Garcia: poet and composer of regional songs, such as Jinotepina Linda and Huehuete.

Ramon Calixto Cortes: traditionalist butler of the mantudos of Jinotepe.

Titus Ayerdis: musician, composer and performer of regional songs.

Other sites of historical and cultural interest  

Decoration of pots and bonsai crops _jinotepe_cultura1

Decoration of pots and bonsai crops

Jinotepe Community Museum "Los Chilotes": Founded in May 2012, this museum brings together fragments of the history of Jinotepe, exhibited with ancient objects, information about the first coffee plantations in Nicaragua, religious images, traditional clothing, photographs of mayors since 1903, a bust of Evaristo Carazo and the chair and the flag of the former president of Nicaragua, Víctor Manuel Román y Reyes.

Xilotepelt Crafts Center: In this site you will observe the original crafts from various parts of the country, in fabric, wood, aluminum, clay, you will also find footwear, hammocks, artistic paintings of different themes. It is located in the center of the city of Jinotepe.

Cave of San Ramón: It is located in the El Aragón-Jinotepe community, through a path and crossing rocky stones and streams until reaching the cave, which is characterized by keeping a lot of history of the indigenous past of the municipality, thanks to the petroglyphs embedded in its walls.


The artist Marcelo Gutiérrez Franco, works glass mosaic on clay, ceramic vessels that he covers with glass fragments. Its products are flower pots, mirrors, still lifes, designs for interior and garden murals, as well as decorations for bathrooms and toilets.


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