The Busy Town of Somotillo

Nicaragua is a beautiful country made up of many departments and municipalities - many of which have never been visited by tourists. One of these not so visited municipalities is Somotillo in the Chinandega department - a hot and dry area. Somotillo is a small town with only 32,583 residents and, if it were not for people and goods being moved between Nicaragua and Honduras, Somotillo would not exist.

The main infrastructure of this town is supported by the services that Customs provides to thousands of retailers and tourist crossing the borders. Without the border posts five kilometers from Somotillo providing work for the small population of people here, there would not be much else to sustain them. Although many memorable events have taken place here in the past, the town soon became forgotten and has just managed to survive. People here also make a small living on certain economic activities, mainly agriculture consisting of sesame seeds, maize and watermelon, which provides quite a substantial amount of income for the people considering that the land is not fertile.

When you visit the town you will see the main form of transport here is that of tricycles and virtually everyone seems to be have at least one of these vehicles to get around on. Another attraction worth noting is the San Lorenzo Martyr which serves as the main parish in Somotillo and is considered to be the patron of the town. Visitors can also view the 144-year-old Church of Somotillo where they can take a walk around the park that is part of the property and has been used for playing games in the past. The houses that surround the church are still owned by descendants of families that lived here in 1856. These ancestors were once amazed to discover that the President at that time had decided to take refugee in Somotillo during the National War.

Somotillo is just over an hour away from the capital, Managua and has a large rural population of about 23.134 inhabitants and a smaller urban population of nearly nine and a half thousand. In this small town you can still find hotels, restaurants, stores, bars, barber shops and bakeries, so there are plenty of facilities to accommodate visitors to the area.

 



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