How Nicaragua and Costa Rica Differ

A number of people argue that Nicaragua today is what Costa Rica looked like 30 years ago. Underdeveloped infrastructure and not very many traveler services, however none of the huge crowds either. Also, Nicaraguans are not bored of hosting tourists yet, and even receive them sincerely.

Comparatively, cities such as Ometepe, Nicaragua are more like what Costa Rica resembled 70 years ago. There are few up-to-date comforts like vehicles or appliances, laundry is still laundered in the river, and horses and buggies are the usual mode of transportation. On the other hand, Ometepe likewise presents the atmosphere of a imaginary world — a fantasy land — where towering mountains and flourishing foliage still rule the scenery.

The northern mountains, consisting of three distinct mountain chains, veil some phenomenal temptations and scenery, like hidden waterfalls and churches. Rio Coco starts from this zone and flows down to the Caribbean. Towns and settlements in the Nicaraguan mountains are ancient, built far before the Spanish invasion into the nation. Countless of the ancient settlements still keep their initial names, and sit side-by-side with the adobe garrisons the Spanish built at the time they arrived. These mountains produce a number of the finest coffee beans and tobacco in the world.

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