Nicaragua is a generally misunderstood country. Despite its beauty and amazing geographic site, many people are uneasy about traveling to the area. More often than not, visitors and students find a very warm and friendly nation and a very welcoming culture.
In terms of crime, Nicaragua is the safest nation in Central America (it has the lowest crime rate). The people of Nicaragua are generally laid back, committed to family, and very hospitable to visitors.
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Demonstrating an environmental sensitivity unparalleled elsewhere, Costa Ricans have set aside one quarter of their land as protected areas and national parks. Ecotourists are rewarded with botanical and animal marvels found nowhere else on Earth. Although Costa Rica is best known as an invaluable refuge for nature, this small nation is also a haven of peace.
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Check out this video on Ometepe below
The Ometepe Biological Station is in Isla de Ometepe. Ometepe is an island of 276 square kilometers lying in Lake Nicaragua. It is the largest Volcanic island in the world situated in a fresh water lake. Two majestic forested volcanoes dominate the island. One called Maderas raises 1,400 meters above the lake. The other, Concepción is even taller and reaches a height of nearly 1,700 meters. Ometepe is situated in southeastern Nicaragua and has a population of 30,000 people. The majority of the people who live on the island are of Indian ancestry. The word Ometepe is a Nahuatl word that means “land of 2 volcanoes” (Nashuatl is a language spoken by the ancient Aztecs and their descendants). Crater lakes, beautiful streams with cascading waterfalls, cloud forests, and lowland dry forests are found on the island.
Check out this video on La Suerte below
La Suerte B.F.S.
La Suerte Biological Field Station is located in northeastern Costa Rica, Central America, longitude 83° 46’15” W, latitude 10° 26’ 30” N. Average rainfall is 3800mm (15”) at an altitude of 50 m above sea level. This lowland neotropical region remains one of the most biologically diverse in the world. The field station encompasses 1000 acres containing a wealth of habitats, including primary and secondary forests, swamps, marshes and pastures. In addition, much of the property lies along Río La Suerte, a beautiful flowing river that empties into the Caribbean at Tortuguero National Park. The area is home to thousands of plant and insect species as well as hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles, birds (260 species; see web site for the list) and mammals. The list of animals includes three monkey species (white-face capuchins, mantled howlers and spider monkeys), pacas, Jaguars, aguotis, keel-billed toucans, white-crowned parrots, great green macaw, strawberry poison-dart frogs, eyelash vipers and green iguanas.