The 1,050 square kilometers of the Carazo Department is made up of eight cities: Jinotepe (the capitol), San Marcos, Diriamba, Dolores, El Rosario, La Paz de Carazo, Santa Teresa, and La Conquista. Carazo's economy is based on agriculture, specifically grains, coffee and fruits/vegetables. It has a population of almost 180,000.
This state is the coolest area south of Managua, and the northern tip of it has elevations of 2,000 to 2,500 feet above sea level. Highway 20, south from San Marcos straight into Jinotepe, stays green year round and is a very pleasant drive on a good road. The southern part of Carazo ends at the sea and the beaches of La Boquita, Casares and Huehuete. The roads in this part of the state are considerably worse.
Temperatures range from high 60s (Jinotepe mornings in winter) to 90 (Casares afternoon on the sand) degrees F across the state, more or less. The towns along the north/northeast enjoy good breezes pretty much year round, while the center all the way south to the shore gets brown, hot and very dry during summertime.
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