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San Marcos

One of the several charming villages situated 45 minutes away either from the capital city of Managua or the colonial city of Granada, in the region of Carazo. The town of San Marcos has an indigenous background related with the pre-Hispanic group the Chorotegas, which came to settle these areas in 2000 B.C. This middle-American indigenous group most likely selected this region because of its cooler weather conditions (600 meters above sea level) as well as its fertile soils.

“San Marcos” has a population of approximately 33 thousand people. Its inhabitants are dedicated to mainly agricultural activities including coffee-introduced at the end of the XIX century, sugar cane, corn, beans, and other important crops. In the last ten years the textile industry has also become a very important source of employment in this region. San Marcos is also home to the Ave Maria University - Latin American Campus (AMULAC), which is the only American university in Central America offering 4-year Bachelor degree programs in the following areas: Business Administration, Politics and Psychology.

It is important to mention that San Marcos was the hometown of the Somoza family. The colonial house where Anastasio Somoza Garcia was born still stands near the Central Plaza of the town. In the Parque Central you can also find a monument in honor of Carlos Fonseca Amador (founder of the Sandinista Front of National Liberation-FSLN).

Like any other town in Nicaragua, San Marcos has also its own patron saint celebration taking place during the month of April on the 24th and 25th. According to the tradition the religious image of “San Marcos Apostle” was found near the pools of “Sapasmapa” where the local inhabitants of San Marcos and La Concepcion gathered water. The festivity includes folkloric dance such as: “the little devils”, “the indigenous girls”, “the little cow”, and probably the most important “El Gueguense”, a comedy ballet created in the middle of XVII century and declared by UNESCO in 2005 an oral heritage and intangible cultural treasure of humanity.

Rural Life • Traditions & Legends • Religious Events • Arts and Paintings • Music & Dance

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