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Municipality of Magdalena

The municipality of Magdalena belongs to the Intibucá Department.

In the current municipality of Magdalena, there was a hacienda with this name dating back to 1715. According to the statistical yearbook by Antonio Vallejo, Magdalena has been a municipality since 1822, affiliated with the parish of Camasca. With the creation of the Intibucá department, it became part of it.

General Information about Magdalena

Origin of its name: In honor of its patron saint, Saint Mary Magdalene.

  • Territorial area: 41.61 km2
  • Population: 4,815 inhabitants (2012)
  • Date of creation: 1822
  • Patronal festival: On July 20, the day of Saint Mary Magdalene, and on November 30, the day of the Holy Trinity.
  • Villages and hamlets: 5 villages and 89 hamlets
  • Elevation: 200 meters above sea level

Main Economic Activity

Cultivation of basic grains, coffee, sugarcane, sesame, and vegetables; raising of cattle, horses, goats, and pigs; poultry farming.


  • Health: 1 CESAR
  • Education: 8 basic education centers, 9 pre-basic education centers, and 1 high school.
  • Communication network: All-time accessible road, telephone service by Hondutel, mobile phone coverage.


Located in a plain, surrounded by mountains and hills; borders the Republic of El Salvador.


  • North: Municipality of Camasca
  • South: Republic of El Salvador
  • East: Municipality of Colomoncagua
  • West: Municipality of Santa Lucía

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