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The first people to settle in Tola were the Toltecas, the indigenous Mexican tribe for whom the city got its name. With the arrival of Francisco Hernandez in 1524, the town came under Spanish rule and the Toltecas were run out of the city until the rebellions of 1811, when they were able to reclaim their land.


If passing through Tola, you can check out the statue of “La Novia de Tola” (the Bride of Tola), who stands alone in the central square in front of the church. Legend has it that the bride was left waiting at the altar in 1876. Her groom never showed up, having run away with another woman.


Tola is not so much a tourist destination, but a passing point to other locations. However, spending a couple hours to wander around town and stop in to a local restaurant, you can get to know small town Nicaraguan life. The economy in Tola is based on agriculture and cattle. It has a population of approximately 9900 and an altitude of 127 feet.


Getting to and away:


Only a 15 minute drive from Rivas, Tola can be reached by taxi for $10, and buses depart throughout the day.



Other places nearby Tola: Playa Pie de Gigante, Around San Juan del Sur, San Juan Del Sur, Rivas, Isla de Ometepe, Altagracia, Playa Santo Domingo, El Astillero, Moyogalpa and San Jorge.

By Karina Zobolotny

Karina currently�lives in Nicaragua, where she intermingles with the local animals and wildlife, and occasionally likes to...

03 Dec 2008

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