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.
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)
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.