Lonely Planet online guide to Nicaragua
US.GOV website about travelling to Nicaragua
Here are the many regions of Nicaragua outlined. Nicaragua is bordered to the north by Honduras and the south by Costa Rica.
You can see that the northwestern side of the country has higher elevations. It has both a Pacific and Caribbean coast. You can see the large Lake Nicaragua to the very south. Santiago Volcano, San Cristobal and Cerro Negro volcanoes are also active.
I've read about a farm work stay program in Nicaragua, at a place called Abundance Farm. It's affordable and a revealing taste of an authentic Nicaraguan farming lifestyle. $10 a night for room and board for one person for the first 2 weeks, reduced after that if you're working.
Honduras has two airports and one international airport in Managua, code MGA
We recommend you use official taxis, which have a clearly visible red number plate. It is recommended you reconsider your need to travel to remote areas of the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast because of the risk of armed banditry, carjackings, kidnappings, drug trafficking and other serious and violent crimes.. Due to the remoteness of these areas, there is limited police presence and high levels of criminal activity.
Here is an interesting and informative article comparing and contrasting Nicaragua and Costa Rica, although it lists many statistics from other Central American countries as well. It's focus is that Costa Rica has a powerful PR machine, and Nicaragua doesn't. Interesting!
If you want to be a part of Nicaragua, but can't go, or if you know you're going soon and want to have someone to visit when you get there, look into sponsoring a child there through World Vision.
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