How Nicaragua and Costa Rica Differ

Several individuals claim that Nicaragua today is what Costa Rica looked similar to 30 years ago. Underdeveloped infrastructure and not very many tourist features, but none of the huge crowds either. Likewise, Nicaraguans are not weary of seeing foreigners so far, and even receive them openly.

Comparatively, townships such as Ometepe, Nicaragua are closer to what Costa Rica looked like 70 years before. There are few up-to-date amenities such as vehicles or machines, pant and shirts are still washed in the river, and horses and buggies are the common manner of transportation. On the other hand, Ometepe also has the atmosphere of a imaginary world — a fantasy land — where soaring mountains and lush plant life still rule the backdrop.

The northern mountains, made up of three separate mountain chains, conceal quite a few remarkable temptations and scenery, like hidden waterfalls and churches. Rio Coco starts from this zone and runs down to the Caribbean. Communities and villages in the Nicaraguan mountains are ancient, constructed long before the Spanish conquest into the country. Many of the old settlements still retain their original names, and remain side-by-side with the adobe forts the Spanish erected at the time they landed. These mountains produce some of the finest coffee beans and tobacco in the world.

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