After spending some time here, I have decided that Nicaragua gives you what some may describe as a true Central American experience. Central America that is, before the mass tourism of the crowded Mexican riveria and the crass hotels of Monteverde in Costa Rica. Its like travelling back in time. The magnificent and peaceful colonial towns, the men on horseback trotting along the country lanes in Matagalpa, the pristine primary rainforest of the Rio San Juan – all of this has retained its natural beauty. And this is because of the lingering and baseless stigma of the Sandanista revolution. Nicaragua is magical – and its Central Americas best kept secret.

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