Boaco is a mountain town in Nicaragua, some 88 km east of Managua. Sometimes called the "Two-Storey City", you'll be challenged to find flat terrains in the city. It's divided in the "upper city" and the "lower city", with one part of town at the top, and the other part at the foot of a hill. Boaco is the capital of the Boaco Department.



The origin of this town lies some 25 km east of the current city. The original village was however raided and destroyed in 1749 by Zambo, Caribe and Mosquito Indians. The few inhabitants who survived moved east to start a new settlement. In the years that followed, floods and disease caused them to move higher up the hills to the location of present day Boaco. The name of the town means as much as "place of the enchanters", in local language.

Today, the city of Boaco has 20,000 inhabitants and serves as a regional centre for the extensive agricultural and cattle-ranching activity in this area. Beef and dairy products from the wide Boaco region find their way to the rest of the country and abroad.

Get in


Paved roads have made access to this town in the mountains a lot easier than in used to be. There's a bus connection to nearby Managua and to some smaller destinations in the area.

Get around

Church in town
  • The Boaco Museum of Anthropology
  • The Municipal Museum of Arturo Javier Suarez Miranda
  • The city park, named after priest Paulino José Nieborows
  • The Santiago de los Caballeros church is the parish church for the higher city, and was built in the mid-19th century.







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