Chontales is a department in Nicaragua located on Lake Nicaragua.
The capital of Chontales is Juigalpa. The department has an area of 6378 km ² and a total population of around 186,000 inhabitants ( 2006 calculation ) what / corresponds to a population density of about 29 inhabitants km ².
Chontales is dominated by agriculture - main products are rubber, precious wood, rice and citrus fruits.
The department Chontales is in turn divided into 10 municipios: