I am pleasantly surprised that several of my fellow February bloggers have expressed an interest in my posts about Nicaragua. I don't have much time today so I will just post some basic facts and interesting observations.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and borders Costa Rica to the south and Honduras to the north. It is less densely populated than its neighbours and has 5.5 million people. The capital is the city of Managua, which has over a million people. It is the poorest country in Central America (although Honduras is close) and the third poorest in the Americas (after Haiti and Bolivia.) It also has a very high percentage of the population that is younger than 14, signalizing a dramatic population increase. It does, however, have a lot going for it - less overcrowding than some of its neighbours, foreign investments are up, and tourism is booming. One of my favorite things is that it is still a little rough and less touristy than for instance Costa Rica, while providing many of the same experiences - forests, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes and volcanoes. It also produces an excellent rum, Flor de Caña, which many would call the best in Latin America. Recommended!
I will write more another day but I have to go to bed! I leave you with a couple of shots.