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A lot of patience was needed to get into the country.

date of entry 16/02/1999
mileage 244,576

capital Managua

area 129.494 km²

population 5.727.707

GDP 7.297 M. US-Dollar

official language Spanish

Nicaragua was a complete contrast to Costa Rica, where everything had been clean and geared to tourism. This began with the protracted entry formalities at the border. The amount of rubbish along the roadsides and in the towns was also striking. Otherwise, though, Nicaragua was a land of impressive scenery, with many lakes and volcanoes and two spectacular coastal strips.
  • One more church, this time in gleaming yellow. The church, as an institution, plays a significant part in people’s lives in Latin and Central America.
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  • Christine Holtorf swings from a tropical tree. All manner of other plants have taken root on this tree.
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  • Nicaragua lies in an earthquake zone. The capital, Managua, suffered a lot of destruction in 1972, and the former capital of León was razed to the ground by tremors. The city was rebuilt later in a different place.
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  • A church building with elaborate fountains outside the entrance. Christine studied them from close up.
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  • A school group on the village square in front of a church.
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  • Aerial roots grow down trees from top to bottom.
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  • They often form strange, fascinating sculptures.
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  • From the shore, a volcano can be seen in the background.
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  • Small rivers were no obstacle for Otto.
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  • Video: Nicaragua – a journey across the land of volcanoes and lakes