Country - Nicaragua
Nicaragua Country Information
Nicaragua is a nation located in the narrow strip of land, geographically called isthmus, connecting two large continents of North America and South America. Nicaragua forms a geographical nexus between Honduras and Costa Rica. Both sides of Nicaragua are flanked by sea waters; Caribbean Sea on the east and North Pacific Ocean on the west. Managua is the capital and the largest city. Like several other Caribbean nations, Nicaragua has Spanish its official language. The easternmost shore land of Nicaragua, known as Mosquito Coast (a cognomen of Miskito Coast) is inhabited by people who can speak English along with local languages. The three hundred-year Spanish rule from 1522 has left ineffaceable impact on Nicaraguan culture and tradition.
As per the census of 2012, the population of Nicaragua is over six million. The per capita GDP (nominal) by the estimates of 2018 was US$ 2,126 placing the country among the poor nations of Central America. More than 48% of the total population is below the poverty line according the report by the United Nations. Nicaragua mainly exports coffee, beef, shrimp, lobster, tobacco, sugar, gold and peanuts. Its imports include consumer goods, machinery, equipment, raw materials and petroleum products. While Nicaragua is bogged down with sagging economy, tourism has helped the growth rate pick up significantly in recent years.
The itinerary for international tourists to Nicaragua is quite lengthy. The geographical characteristics of the country make it special and distinct from its neighbours. More than twenty active volcanoes and the seemingly endless coastlines are the special features of nature. For adventure seekers, it is nothing short of a good thrill to stay laid back on the top of the youngest active volcano, Cerro Negro aged 150 years.
A relatively recent discovery of Somoto Canyon, which remained unknown to the outside world till 2007, looks like a place that wants to whisper something to you when you are at certain specific sites. The collection of single stone mammoth hills standing face to face in sheer close-up as if to discuss something surreptitious leave a narrow labyrinthine slow-running brook between them and you feel tempted to participate in the conclave. The place is also suitable for bungee jumping from a height of 33 feet or alternatively, you can swim and keep yourself buoyant in the placid waters.
The beach in Las Penitas is apt for sea-surfing as the waves are less notorious and not extremely violent. Little Corn islands are the picture-perfect place and the correct definition for pristine dark-blue watered speckless seashore. Surprisingly, once you get into the sea water you will encounter the hidden weirdly coloured broccoli coral reefs and hectic vivid marine life like parrotfish, spiny lobster, blow fish and nurse sharks. As you come out of sea water reluctantly, you find yourself separated from the cozy hug of mother nature.
The largest cathedral in Central America, the Cathedral de Leon, shines brightly in broad daylight as the entire monument radiates in its impeccable milky whiteness. One wonders it would make its presence felt even in pitch darkness by its pure white colour. In full moon light, it’s a different grace altogether !
Though not a capital city, Grenada has its own share of tourist lures. Grand Anse beach, Morne Rouge, Levera beach, Lance Aux Epines and Black Bay beach continue to attract visitors by virtue of their diversity of surroundings. Rhum Runner boat tour enables you to watch the sites from different views.