I bet you didn’t know that! 10 facts about Nicaragua

Nicaragua has really come a long way since the civil war in the 1980’s, but you’ll be able to tell, by the following facts, that it still has a long way to go.

Fact Nicaragua

Houses in the rural area of Nicaragua

1) This is how many of the rural people of Nicaragua live. The lack of infrastructure, electrical, water and roads will keep housing basic for many decades .

2) Fact about cooking fuel – the most popular form of fuel is wood. Usually cut down from local forest with a machete. Then it’s hauled on the persons back or with a horse/cow to the home.

3) The following map shows distribution of population which is about 7 million people. The fact is, most of the country is sparsely populated. (The map show’s road going to Puerto Cabezas – all rough, dirt, gravel rock road. Pavement ends at Matagalpa. The road going to Bluefields is planned. The road ends where the dotted line is, outside of Juligalpa – no road goes to Bluefields)

Fact Nicaragua population

70% of the people live on 20% of the land - the rest is farms and forests


4) Nicaragua is about the size of the State of New York (population close to 19 million people). Facts for Nicaragua population show about 7 million people.

5) In 2010, facts for tourism show that there were about 1 million people who visited Nicaragua. This means that for the year, 15% of the population is tourists.

6) The income facts for income per person range from $990 to $1.200 per year. This averages out on the high-end to $24.00 per week.

7) Tourist come to visit Nicaragua for surfing , historical sites in Leon, the forest/volcano on Ometepe Island, coffee/eco-tours in the Esteli/Matagalpa cities in the mountains. All in the western part of the country.

8) Facts show that in the northeastern part of Nicaragua, shared with Honduras, there is the Bosawas Reserve. This is the largest rain forest north of the Amazon. It is difficult to get to. A dirt road leads out of Matagalpa and it is a rough road to Suani. Permission must then be received by the local farmers to cross their land to enter the reserve by foot.(No roads go into the reserve) The other alternative is to enter the reserve with a local guide by canoe. Only 15% of the reserve is documented by scientists.

9) The biggest port in Nicaragua is the Port of Corinto, located south of Leon on the Pacific Ocean. Oil and almost all other imported goods come in through this port. There is a small port on the Caribbean side of Nicaragua in Puerto Cabezas, but the road leading out is dirt, and very difficult to transport goods during the rainy season.

10)  Facts put out by ProNicaragua state that  “International rankings by prestigious institutions have recognized Nicaragua not only as one of the safest destinations in the region, but also as the fastest country in which to start a business and the country that best protects its investors.”

Facts show that Nicaragua has great potential for increasing its tourist base and many acres to increase production of agriculture and live stock. With a peaceful Democracy into the rest of the 21st. Century the opportunities for wealth creation are very good in the country.

Cheers for now.


About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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8 Responses to I bet you didn’t know that! 10 facts about Nicaragua

  1. Silverboom says:

    What a place! Can hardly wait to go there and earn my $24 a week LOL. As with most of Central America, a basket-case country and will struggle to drag itself forward to benefit its citizens, it appears.

  2. John Wilson says:

    Well, in order to get it moving, someone will have to work, make money.
    Is it easier to make money when everyone has almost everything they need, or when everyone needs everything?
    Millionaires are made supplying people needs!
    Long way to go, no doubt about it.
    John D. Wilson

  3. Sailor says:

    I have to admit that, out 10 I didn’t know even one fact right about Nicaragua.

    I hope you are having lots of fun living in Nicaragua. What made you move to Nicaragua? Indeed a beautiful place.

  4. John Wilson says:

    Really am not living here, yet.
    Circulation problem in my left leg – doc says not to sit long periods in a plane or a car.
    So, just kind of hanging out, getting my leg better.
    Looking at possibly starting a business, but nothing solid yet.
    Thanks for leaving a comment Sailor. Always good to hear from you.
    John D> Wilson

  5. Nicaragua sounds like an interesting place!
    Jamaica, where I’m from originally, has had a long connection to Bluefields. I’ve long wanted to visit but it sounds like I’d have to fly in since there are no roads.
    Thanks for this round up, John.
    Hope you’re doing better now.

  6. John Wilson says:

    Well Marcia,
    You could take a boat ride through the jungle!
    Souther part of Nicaragua is rough – no roads at all past a city called Rava.
    About another 200KM to Bluefields.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment!
    Am doing better, thank you.
    Cheers for now.
    John D. Wilson

  7. kreka says:

    Nicaragua country far away from Europe, there are also happy to out of town. Certainly charm the local people’s cultures, the many new attractions. Interestingly, the country can be exciting.

  8. John Wilson says:

    Thanks for the comment

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