Larreynaga, León
Cerro Negro volcano.
Larreynaga, León
Larreynaga, León

Coordinates: 12°40′0″N 86°34′0″W / 12.66667°N 86.56667°W / 12.66667; -86.56667Coordinates: 12°40′0″N 86°34′0″W / 12.66667°N 86.56667°W / 12.66667; -86.56667

Country Nicaragua
Department León Department
 • Total 882 km2 (341 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 27,898
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Larreynaga 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.[3][2]

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]

See also

  • Wildlife of Nicaragua
  • León


External links

  • Larreynaga

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