In October, 2006, I revisited Nicaragua after almost a ten-year absence. The presidential election campaigns were in full swing, and former Sandinista guerilla leader Daniel Ortega was predicted to win (which he eventually did). I found that much has changed in this land of revolution, and much remains the same. There are definite signs of economic growth. However, life for most Nicaraguans is still a day-to-day struggle for survival.
Nicaragua’s dramatic volcanic landscapes, vast lakes, handsome Spanish colonial cities, and welcoming people make it one of the most alluring countries in Latin America. Nicaraguans generally embrace increased tourism, seeing it as a way to create jobs and bring needed investment. Please check back for posts about some of the places that I visited in Nicaragua and suggestions for anyone wishing to explore this painfully beautiful and addictive country.