The valley where this municipality is located, had the name of Metlapan, Metapán or Metapa, which comes from the Nahuatl language and means metate or stone savannas. In Nicaragua it is translated as "Grinding stone" and in Mexico as "Rio de los magueyes".

Rubén Darío

In 1920, it changed its name to Ciudad Darío in honor of the Universal Poet Rubén Darío, who was born in this place on January 18, 1867. Darío wrote in his autobiography “A month later I was born in a small town, or rather a village from Nueva Segovia, formerly called Chocoyos, and today Metapa ”.

It was elevated to the city on November 14, 1891.

The municipality of Ciudad Darío is located 90 kilometers from Managua, the capital of the republic. It limits to the north with San Isidro and Sébaco, to the south with Teustepe, Tipitapa and San Francisco Libre, to the east with Terrabona and San José de Los Remates and to the west with the municipality of El Jicaral.

The economy of the municipality is based on the primary sector with agricultural activities, agriculture is represented by the cultivation of corn, beans, wheat and vegetables. Livestock is generally for self-consumption.

Demographic data

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735.31 km2 432.70 masl 51,253 inhabitants
Urbana: 21,893 - Rural: 29,360

How to reach?

Entrance to the village

You can get there from Managua by taking a bus at the Mayoreo market terminal to Matagalpa. The municipality has a direct bus connection with Matagalpa and using the buses that travel along the Pan-American Highway between Managua and the cities in the north of the country. The buses from Estelí and Matagalpa pass, these have continuous stops.

If you are traveling by private vehicle you must take the North Pan-American Highway until kilometer 90, there you will see a detour identified by a statue of Rubén Darío indicating the location of the city.


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