Manzana (unit)

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A manzana (English: apple) is a unit of area used in Argentina and in many Central American countries:

Plan of the health area of the Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia[a]

It was originally defined as 10,000 sq. varas.

Nowadays, it is equivalent to:

  • In Argentina: it is equivalent to a hectare (i.e. 10,000 m2)
  • In most Central American countries: it is equivalent to approximately 1.72 acres = 6,961 m2, with small variations in each country.
  • In Belize: 8,353 m2 = 2.064 acres
  • In Nicaragua: 7,042.25 m2 = 1.74 acres

If a Vara=83,59 cm then 10,000 sq. varas (a manzana) is equal to 6,987.29 m2


  1. ^ While this map is not 100% accurate in measurements, the distribution and volume are consistent with the shape of the manzanas and buildings and the graphic scale is intuitively drawn based on the geography.

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