Interesting Facts about Nicaragua

May 12, 2015 | 0

Nicaragua spreads across an area of 130,967 km2 which is similar to that of England and Greece. It half of the area is given to protected areas like natural reserves, national parks or biological reserves. It is surrounded by Honduras in the north, Costa Rica towards the south, the Caribbean in the east and Pacific Ocean in the west. It has three distinctive geographical zones including the fertile lands wherein the Spanish colonists were settled or the Pacific lowlands, the Amerrisque Mountains and the Atlantic lowlands. Geography wise, Nicaragua is bordered by the Caribbean tectonic plates beneath Central America and Cocos Plate.

Tourism

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Tourism industry has witnessed a progressive growth in Nicaragua in the year 2006 and became the second largest industry.  In the gone 7 years, it has grown considerably about 70% with rates varying 10%–16%. The increase and significant growth in this sector led to the overall rise in the income generated to over 300% in the last 10 years. Upsurge in tourism also positively affected various other sectors including commercial, agricultural, and financial and construction.

Almost every year, nearly 60,000 US citizens visit Nicaragua are largely tourists, business entrepreneurs and others from Europe, the Central and South America. The colonial cities of Leon and Granada are the most preferred tourist spots as per the Ministry of Tourism. In addition to this, cities of Rivas, Masaya and likes of El Ostional, San Juan del Sur, El Castillo, Ometepe, Rio San Juan are some of the other tourist spots in Nicaragua. Ecotourism, surfing and Sport fishing along with scenic routes, beaches, beautiful architecture in Leon and Granada are some of the attractions widely known here.

Nicaragua

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Religion

Referred in the constitution, religion constitutes an integral part of the culture of Nicaragua. Guaranteed since 1993, religious freedom and tolerance are primarily promoted by the Constitution and the Government. Roman Catholic is traditionally the major religion, however, the number of people practicing this religion is gradually declining and people following evangelical Protestant with Latter-day Saints have been increasing since 1990s. Along with these there are strong Moravian and Anglican communities on the Caribbean coast.

Evolved in the 16th century with the Spanish, Roman Catholicism became an established faith in 1939. Other Christian faiths and Protestantism evolved during the 19th century and acquired acceptance and followings in the 20th century. Close political ties of the country encouraged religious ties.

Culture

The traditional costume of women is Mestizaje, signifies influence of Spanish on Nicaraguan clothing, is worn during the Mestizaje dance. The culture is dominated by strong music, folklore, religious traditions and influenced by European culture. Colonized by Spain, the Pacific coast has prominent music and religious tradition, similar to Spanish speaking Latin American countries. Pacific coast was historically inhabited by indigenous groups that have been assimilated into the mestizo culture.

Whereas, the Caribbean cost was a British protectorate and English is spoken along with Spanish and other indigenous languages. Culture is similar to Caribbean nations like Jamaica, the Cayman Islands etc.

Cuisine

The famous cuisine in Nicaragua is a concoction of the dishes of pre-Columbian origin and Criollo food. The staple food of the Pacific coast is centred around corn and fruits whereas in Caribbean coast, there is more of sea food and coconut.

Most of the dishes in Nicaragua includes use of fruits and vegetables like mango, papaya, jocote, pipian, banana and herbs like oregano, cilantro etc. They also relish guinea pigs, turtle eggs, tapirs, boas etc.

Nicaragua has a lot to offer including beautiful beaches, scenic views, natural reserves, Jungle Rivers and many more. It is a cheap and adventurous destination for everyone, be it families or backpackers. Filled with natural beauty and diverse culture, Nicaragua has become the sought after tourist destination.

Best time to visit Nicaragua

The season from November through May, which is also called the dry season is the best time to visit this place.  You can also visit Nicaragua in the months June through November, where the  weather is cool and there is greenery around, thanks to the tropical rains.

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