The name of Chontales is derived from the Nahuatl indigenous word "chontali" which means foreign or foreign people. According to archaeological studies, the warrior Chontal tribes populated these areas from the 6th century AD.
Chontales is the entrance route to the South Caribbean Coast. The climate in the plains is warm: humid in winter and dry in the summer. In the high edges of Amerrisque, the temperature drops to 22°C.
The distance from Managua to Juigalpa, which is the municipal seat, is 140 km (approximately 2½ hours).
One of his most emblematic characters is the priest Bernardo Martínez, who in 1980 began to have visions of the Virgin Mary, in a particularly conflictive period in Nicaragua. Through her messages, the Virgin called her children to build true peace in the country.
He was ordained a priest in Diriá, Granada on January 11, 1992. He has a Masters in Theology (UPB) from Medellín, Colombia and has a license in biblical theology from UPG in Rome, Italy. He was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Juigalpa by Pope John Paul II on October 28, 2004. His episcopal consecration was on January 22, 2005.
April 30, 1991