Travel Central America: Nicaragua vs Costa Rica

Some individuals claim that Nicaragua now is what Costa Rica looked like 30 years ago. Underdeveloped infrastructure and few vacationer amenities, however none of the huge crowds either. Likewise, Nicaraguans are not tired of hosting tourists so far, and even receive them sincerely.

Comparatively, towns like Ometepe, Nicaragua are more like what Costa Rica looked like seven decades back. There are limited modern comforts such as vehicles or appliances, clothes are still laundered in the river, and horses and carts are the common style of transportation. On the other hand, Ometepe likewise presents the aura of a make-believe world — a fantasy land — where towering mountains and flourishing plant life still rule the backdrop.

The northern mountains, consisting of three distinct mountain chains, conceal quite a few phenomenal temptations and backdrop, like concealed waterfalls and churches. Rio Coco originates from this area and runs down to the Caribbean. Townships and villages in the Nicaraguan mountains are ancient, constructed far before the Spanish invasion into the country. Countless of the old villages still retain their original names, and sit side-by-side with the adobe forts the Spanish erected when they landed. These mountains produce a number of the finest coffee beans and tobacco in the world.

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