Teustepe

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Teustepe
Municipality
Teustepe is located in Nicaragua
Teustepe
Teustepe
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°25′N 85°48′W / 12.417°N 85.800°W / 12.417; -85.800
Country  Nicaragua
Department Boaco Department
Area
 • Municipality 249.32 sq mi (645.73 km2)
Population (2005)
 • Municipality 26,265
 • Density 110/sq mi (41/km2)
 • Urban 3,953

Teustepe is a municipality in the Boaco department of Nicaragua. It has a population of 26,800 (2006, est.) and an extension of 645.73 km². The capital is the town of Teustepe, 94 km. from Managua with a population of 3,500 (2006, est.).

Teustepe is sustained mainly by the agropecuary sector, with about 20,000 units of livestock and secondly by agropecuarian activities. There are also some incipient tourism in the Aguas Termales (termal waters) region and a very small scale family-based industry (handicrafts mainly) in the urban and rural areas.

The mayor of the municipality of Teustepe is William Ramón Hernández Mejia from the Constitutional Liberal Party (PLC).

History[edit]

The name Teustepe have its origin in the Chorotega native language. Teote (God) and Tepec (Place or Town), that means Town, Valley or Place of God. The indigenous population established originally in El Tamarindo, NW of the town's actual position. Due to the constant flood of the Malacatoya River, the population moved between September and December of 1,776 to a place formerly known as Camoapilla, now the town of Teustepe. Teustepe is of historical importance for its resis

Local festivities[edit]

The festivities in honor of Santa Rita de Casia are held between May 18-23. Another important event is in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria on February 2.

Coordinates: 12°25′N 85°48′W / 12.417°N 85.800°W / 12.417; -85.800