manzana [Spanish]

A unit of land area in many Central and South American countries, originally = 10,000 square varas, roughly two acres:


1 manzana = 1 hectare (about 2.47 acres)

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1 manzana = 8,353 square meters (approximately 2.064 acres).

United Nations, 1966.

Costa Rica

1 manzana = 6,988.96 square meters (approximately 1.7270 acres).

United Nations, 1966.

[Costa Rica. Ministerio de formento.]
Medidas y pesas del sistema métrico, y tablas de equivalencia con las antiguas.
San José de Costa Rica: Imprenta nacional, 1885.

El Salvador

United Nations (1966) reports 1 manzana = 7,025.79 square meters (approximately 1.736 acres). However, Technical Factors..., (1972, page 154) says 0.7 hectares. opens a new page containing a chart that shows relationships between this unit and other units in its system


1 manzana = 7,056 square meters, approximately 1.74 acres.

Martini the manzana in Guatemala was 10000 Varas cuadradas di Castiglia = 69,873717 ares (page 244

United Nations, 1966.


1 manzana = 6,972.25 square meters, approximately 1.72 acres.

United Nations, 1966.


By the Decreto Presidencial of 20 September 1902, 1 manzana = 7,050.124 square meters (the vara of = 0.8396501 meter).¹

There appears to be a great deal of confusion about the size of the Nicaraguan manzana. Nicaragua, Hurricane Felix, September 2007 Flash Appeal, a publication of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, states “1 manzana = 0.744 hectares” (footnote, page 17). “Sam Bauer - The Nicaragua Real Estate Professional” tells us that “1 manzana = 7026 square meters” ( All of the above retrieved online on 24 March 2014.

Nonetheless, the manzana is now usually taken as 7,000 square meters (approximately 1.7 acres), which is the magnitude reported in United Nations 1966.

1. Comité Metrológico sobre el Sistema Internacional de Unidades.
Comisión Nacional de Normalización Téchnica y Calidad.
Ministerio de Fomento, Industria y Comercio.
Norma Técnica Obligatoria Nicarargüense (NTON 07-004-01)
Norma Metrológica sobre el Sistema Internacional de Unidades (SI)
nd, Nov. 2001?.
Section 16.25.

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