Travel Central America: Nicaragua vs Costa Rica

Some folks say that Nicaragua now is what Costa Rica looked similar to 30 years ago. Underdeveloped infrastructure and not very many tourist services, but none of the huge crowds either. Likewise, Nicaraguans are not bored of hosting tourists so far, and in spite of everything receive them sincerely.

Comparatively, townships such as Ometepe, Nicaragua are more like what Costa Rica resembled seven decades before. There are not many up-to-date features like vehicles or machines, clothes are still washed in the river, and horses and carts are the usual mode of transportation. On the other hand, Ometepe also has the atmosphere of a make-believe world — a fantasy land — where soaring mountains and green plant life still dominate the scenery.

The northern mountains, made up of three isolated mountain chains, conceal a handful phenomenal allures and backdrop, like hidden waterfalls and churches. Rio Coco begins from this region and flows down to the Caribbean. Townships and villages in the Nicaraguan mountains are ancient, built far before the Spanish raid into the nation. Countless of the old settlements still retain their initial names, and stand side-by-side with the adobe garrisons the Spanish constructed at the time they arrived. These mountains produce a number of the finest coffee beans and tobacco in the world.

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