Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America with an area of 130,373 km2. Roughly one quarter of the nation's population lives in the Nicaraguan capital, Managua making it the second largest city in Central America following Guatemala City; and guess what, we have to ride through it to get to Granada, our next stop after Leon. We had hoped not to ride through many of the capital city’s; however, thus far we have ridden through Mexico City, Guatemala City and more recently San Salvador to get to our destinations. Hope this trend doesn’t continue.
The 1979 Sandinista revolution is indelibly etched on the national psyche, and Nicaraguans are living proof that political destiny can be commandeered by the people, in spite of the US government, who sponsored years of counter-revolutionary violence during the notorious Contra War. Those years of brutal unrest, natural disasters and economic mismanagement have effectively crippled the country’s infrastructure. Today, in spite of lasting peace and burgeoning foreign investment, Nicaragua suffers blackouts and water shortages. Many towns lack paved roads, the horse and cart is widely used, and wood remains the principal source of fuel.
|Popular means of transport|
|Andrew, Idriss & Angela|
|Basilica de la Asuncion|
New photos added to the Nicaragua photo album.