Rivas Department

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Departamento de Rivas
Flag of Rivas.svg
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Capital Rivas
  Department2,162 km2 (835 sq mi)
 (2021 estimate) [1]
  Density85/km2 (220/sq mi)
ISO 3166-2 NI-RI

Rivas (Spanish pronunciation:  [ˈriβas] ) is a department of the Republic of Nicaragua. It covers an area of 2,162 km2 and has a population of 183,611 (2021 estimate). The department's capital is the city of Rivas.



Rivas is known for its fertile soil and beautiful beaches. Throughout the department, there are many sugar cane, plantain, tobacco, and other crop plantations. The department borders Lake Nicaragua to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The southern part of the department borders with Costa Rica. A small fishermen village, called San Juan del Sur, has turned into a popular tourist attraction because of the great beaches in the area. Another major tourist attraction is Ometepe, a large volcanic island inhabited by about 32,000 people (2005 census). Some Nawat Nicarao tribals still live around small towns.[ citation needed ]


  1. Altagracia
  2. Belén
  3. Buenos Aires
  4. Cárdenas
  5. Moyogalpa
  6. Potosí
  7. Rivas
  8. San Jorge
  9. San Juan del Sur
  10. Tola

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