Nicaragua is a classic emerging market; every day there are exciting opportunities appearing that have long ago faded away in neighboring countries. Tourism is up dramatically and real estate prices are rising as a result. Multinational corporations are investing large sums of money right now in Nicaragua.
Managua was recently named the cheapest city to live in in the Americas. There are malls there that rival any Mall you would find in North America. There are so many late model vehicles on the streets of Managua you have to wonder why it is given the label the second poorest country in the western hemisphere. It is just mind boggling to read articles and blogs of so called non profit organizations that have arranged visits to Nicaragua where they describe the country as if it were back in 1980. They will use words to describe the country like “war torn’, “desolate”, “in desperate need of help”. Of course you will find a lot of poor people in Nicaragua living below what you would call “normal” standards of living. But you something, there are more people sleeping on the streets of Las Vegas or London, England than on the streets of León, Nicaragua. I could eat a complete meal for $2.00 (US), but in most towns in the U.S. that is a one way bus fare. There is a risk that you would come to visit and you would fall in love with the beauty and diversity of both its resources and people. There is a risk that you will fall in love with Nicaragua’s rain forests, rugged mountains, active volcanoes, lowland forests, coastal mangroves and coral reefs. There is also the risk that you will never forget your experience here after you have had the opportunity to participate in an array of activities, including volcano hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking and even world class surfing.
This is the New Nicaragua, a paradise that is being discovered by thousands of visitors each year and finally being embraced by the global community.
The risk in getting to know this undiscovered gem is that once you experience it, you will fall in love with it.