In 1674 the Franciscan missionary, Fray Pedro Lagares founded the town of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Pantasma, in what is now known as the Valley of the Virgin. 

La Dolorosa Church

Santa María de Pantasma, popularly known as Pantasma is a beautiful valley, surrounded by hills, waterfalls and rivers that give life and joy to its inhabitants.The territory was officially declared a municipality on October 06, 1989.

The municipality of Santa María de Pantasma is located 222 kilometers from Managua and 56 kilometers from the departmental capital of Jinotega.

It limits to the north with Quilalí, department of Nueva Segovia and Wiwilí, to the south with the municipality of Jinotega, to the east with the municipality of El Cua and San José de Bocay; to the west with the municipalities of San Rafael del Norte and San Sebastián de Yalí.

The economic activities of the municipality are agriculture and livestock. Among the representative crops of the municipality are corn, beans, rice, sorghum, cassava, quequisque, taro, tomato, pineapple, sugar cane, pipián, watermelon, squash, chiltoma, potato, onion, cabbage, coffee, bananas, dates and citrus fruits mainly oranges and tangerines.

Demographic data

Territorial expansion



559.95 km2 420 masl 48,152 inhabitants
Urbana: 7,836 - Rural: 44,271

How to reach?

Public transportation

You must board a bus bound for Jinotega at the Mercado El Mayoreo terminal in Managua. At the Jinotega terminal, take another bus to Santa María de Pantasma or the municipality of Wiwilí, and ask to be dropped off at Pantasma.

If you go by private vehicle from Managua, you must take the North Pan-American Highway towards Jinotega. Arriving in Jinotega, you must take the road to San Rafael del Norte, following the signpost enrumbarte on the road that borders the Apanás Lake, after 50 kms. is Santa María de Pantasma.


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