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Sandboarding at the Cerro Negro volcano.
Sandboarding at the Cerro Negro volcano.
Larreynaga is located in Nicaragua
Location in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°40′28″N 86°34′15″W / 12.67444°N 86.57083°W / 12.67444; -86.57083Coordinates: 12°40′28″N 86°34′15″W / 12.67444°N 86.57083°W / 12.67444; -86.57083
Country Nicaragua
Department León Department
 • Municipality 882 km2 (341 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Municipality 27,898
 • Urban 11,292
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Larreynaga (Spanish pronunciation: [laˈreinaɣa]) is the second largest municipality in the León department of Nicaragua. The municipality seat is the town of Malpaisillo.[1] The estimated population is 31,000 but it steadily growing at a rate of 2.22% yearly.[2]


The municipality of Larreynaga was founded by Colonel Manuel Ignacio Pereira Quintana on August 11, 1944. The town of Malpaisillo was officially declared a city in September 1968. It got its name "Larreynaga" from Miguel Larreynaga, a Nicaraguan philosopher, humanist, lawyer and poet.[2][3]

The municipality of Larreynaga is home to the Cerro Negro volcano, just 10 km from the city of Malpaisillo. Cerro Negro has erupted frequently since its first eruption.[4] The last volcanic activity at Cerro Negro occurred on August 5, 1999 and lasted for a total of two days.

In recent years, the Cerro Negro volcano has been a popular destination for sandboarding.[5]

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