NICARAGUA

Nicaragua conjures up lots of images to different people. A struggling country that has gone through years of civil war and unrest (anyone remember the Contras?) and several natural disasters, especially Hurricane Mitch a few years ago, Nicarauga is today a generally peaceful and beautiful country. While it only has a tiny (yet growing) tourist trade, there is an established "gringo trail" and I lived mostly in what could be called grand central station for gringos; Granada.

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San Juan Del Sur and Playa Majagual

People of Nicaragua

Cathedral of Leon

Bienvenidos a Nicaragua

Parque Central with a view of one of several centuries old cathedrals that dot Granada and many other Nicaraguan cities.

A view of the volcano Mombacho from the center of the city of Granada. These were taken from the Convent of San Francisco; the clouds obscure the view of the jagged top of the volcano's cone.

 

The elaborate and rich cemetary of Granada. As colorful and richly decorated as the houses of Granada today.

Laguna de Apoyo; now I can say I went swimming in a volcano.

The Laguna is a large-ish lake in the crater of an extinct volcano near Masaya. The deepest measured point of 200 meters is the lowest point in Central America.

   
   

 

If you are interested in learning more about Nicaragua, the Moon Handbooks travel guide is a good place to start with a small history and culture section. There are a number of books on Nicaragua, but most of them are about the revolution and many are out of print. Try Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer; Risking a Somersault in the Air by Margeret Randall; or In Focus Nicaragua: A guide to the people, politics and culture by Hazel Plunkett for an overview. I have not read these books, I am just passing along others' recommendations. A Google search on the net will give you tons of modern travel information and photography on Nicaragua, just make sure to consider the source.