With an endless amount of volcanic mountain chains and two big lakes dominating the southwestern parts of the country it is easy to understand why Nicaragua is called "the land of lakes and volcanoes". But the diverse geography also offers other natural wonders such as tropical paradises with white sand beaches, immense forests and networks of wild or peaceful rivers. Wildlife- and bird watching is good all over the country and you will encounter exotic species in the settings of an exuberant and flourishing flora.
Memories of revolution and war are constantly present even though the country now is a peaceful and safe place to visit. The people has politically conscience and the country is vibrating of history and culture that have both indigenous, Spanish and Afro Caribbean influences. Nicaragua is today a land of contrasts and the rural life of many remote villages distinctive from the metropolitan and international atmosphere that is found in the capital city, Managua, where an increasing amount of modern buildings and amenities recently have been constructed. Old-fashioned ox charts and splitter new cars are seen sharing the bustling streets where fruit and snack vendors are frequent.
Nicaragua is making an effort to improve the infrastructure for tourism but has still relatively few visitors that makes the country a perfect place for anyone in search of something new and exotic. The life might appear hectic on the surface but as soon as you get to know the country you will realize that the Nicaraguans seldom are in a hurry and, as it is said on the International airport of Managua, you will always be welcomed with "open arms".