: Departamento de Chontales
) (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃonˈtales]
) is a department
. It covers an area of 6,481 km² and has a population of 189,871. The capital is Juigalpa
. Some 90 kilometres (56 mi) of land overlooks Lake Cocibolca
(Lake Nicaragua) on the western side. The department is livestock and fishing based, and is also a producer of apples.
The department is divided administratively into 10 municipalities:
- El Coral
- La Libertad
- San Francisco de Cuapa
- San Pedro de Lóvago
- Santo Domingo
- Santo Tomás
- Villa Sandino
The regional economy of Chontales is mainly based around livestock. The estates along the shore of the lake and along the road to Rama contain many plains and wet pastures to accommodate for cattle herds. The department is also a major producer of apples, producing over 743,000 apples according to one census, representing 8% of all agricultural land in Nicaragua.
Mining and fishing are also conducted in the department.
The department contains the Arqueológico Gregorio Aguilar Barea
, which has a number of indigenous artifacts attesting to the socio-cultural development of the people of Chontales throughout history. The Museo Comunitario Juigalpan María Ramos in Juigalpa reveals much about the history and identity of the region. The Reserva Natural de Amerrique is a nature reserve within the department, in a volcanic area.
- ^ Citypopulation.de Population of departments in Nicaragua
- ^ a b c "Caracteristicas del Departamento de Chontales". inide.gob.ni (in Spanish). CENAGRO. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
- ^ a b "Chontales". Visitnicaragua.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
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