The municipality of San Isidro had as its primitive origin the name “Valle El Guayabal”.", a name associated with the predominance of the guava fruit species, the first settlers came from the Sébaco Viejo area, located on the banks of the Old River, which due to constant flooding were forced to immigrate, settling in what is today the current urban area; and another part of the population came from the Condega area due to drought problems or conflicts.

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They say that, as General Tomás Martínez passed by on his way to Ocotal, a downpour fell and, praying the famous proclamation “San Isidro Labrador, remove the water and set the sun”, he decided to elevate it to a municipality on April 02, 1862, under a presidential decree with he name of “San Isidro del Guayabal”, firstly, because it coincided with May 15 and in the Catholic saints San Isidro is celebrated and secondly, the guayabal, due to the abundant existence of this tree.

The municipality of San Isidro is located 117 kilometers from the city of Managua. It limits to the north with La Trinidad, to the south with Ciudad Darío, to the east Sébaco and to the west with the municipalities of El Jicaral, Santa Rosa del Peñón and San Nicolás.

The economic activity of the municipality is agriculture, mainly the production of rice for export, which represents 70.5% of the production at the national level.

Demographic data

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282.71 km2 477.93 masl 19,497 inhabitants
Urbana: 9,143 - Rural: 10,354

How to reach?

Entrance to the municipality

The municipality of San Isidro can be reached by buses that leave from the Mercado El Mayoreo terminal, in Managua, towards Estelí, Ocotal and Somoto, you must ask the driver to get you off at the entrance of the municipality. Within the municipality you can transport yourself in caponeras or taxis to the place of your preference.

If you are traveling by private vehicle, take the North Pan-American Highway towards the department of Matagalpa, when you reach the Sébaco junction, take the road that leads to Estelí and continue in the direction of San Isidro following the signs.


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