Nicaragua FAQs

Q1: Where is Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is in the middle of Central America.  It is sandwiched between Honduras and Costa Rica.  It lies North of the Equator in the Western hemisphere.

Q2: What should I know about Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America.  It is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere after Haiti.  Nicaragua is heralded as a great vacation destination with many activities such as:

  • adventure activities: volcano hikes, sandboarding volcanoes, ziplining, surfing, paragliding
  • markets: craft markets in Masaya, Granada, San Juan del Oriente, Managua
  • colonial towns: Leon, Granada, etc.
  • relaxation: swimming in Laguna de Apoyo, cruises in Las Isletas in Granada, beaches
  • learning Spanish

Q3: What is the state of education in Nicaragua?

The state of education in Nicaragua is very much different from many Western countries.  Below you will find several statistics that will shed light on the situation:

  • Literarcy rate of 68% (UNESCO, 2003)
  • Survival rate to Grade 5 of 51% (UNESCO, 2007)
  • Average year of schooling for adults: 4.6 (World Bank, 2008)

Q4: Is it safe to travel to Nicaragua?

Statistically, Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America.  It is a safe country to travel throughout, although you should take the necessary precautions as you would while travelling in any country.

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