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    Is This the Isthmus? Tour – Nicaragua Part 3

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

    A statue of the President of the Universe in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.
    A statue of the President of the Universe in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

    Welcome to Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.
    Welcome to Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

    “Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central American isthmus, bordered by Honduras to the northwest, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Ricato the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the southwest.Managua is the country’s capital and largest city and is also the third-largest city in Central America, behind Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City. The multi-ethnic population of six million includes people of indigenous, European, African, and Asian heritage. The main language is Spanish. Indigenous tribes on the Mosquito Coast speak their own languages and English.

    A shop in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.
    A shop in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

    “Originally inhabited by various indigenous cultures since ancient times, the Spanish Empire conquered the region in the 16th century. Nicaragua gained independence from Spain in 1821. The Mosquito Coast followed a different historical path, with the English colonizing it in the 17th century and later coming under the British rule, as well as some minor Spanish interludes in the 19th century. It became an autonomous territory of Nicaragua in 1860 and the northernmost part of it was later transferred to Honduras in 1960. Since its independence, Nicaragua has undergone periods of political unrest, dictatorship, occupation and fiscal crisis, leading to the Nicaraguan Revolution of the 1960s and ’70s and the Contra War of the 1980s.

    Weathered lettering in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.
    Weathered lettering in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

    Souvenir Luna in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.
    Souvenir Luna in Moyogalpa, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua.

    “The mixture of cultural traditions has generated substantial diversity in folklore, cuisine, music, and literature, particularly the latter given the literary contributions of Nicaraguan poets and writers, such as Rubén Darío. Known as the “land of lakes and volcanoes”, Nicaragua is also home to the second-largest rainforest of the Americas. The biological diversity, warm tropical climate and active volcanoes make Nicaragua an increasingly popular tourist destination.”–Wikipedia

    After the epic hike up to San Ramon Waterfalls yesterday, I stayed inside most of today to rest and catch up the blog posts that cover the past two days.

    Words and photos ©2017 Arcane Candy.

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