Nicaragua is best known not for its landscape or cultural treasures, but for Contra war, in which the people rose up in hope only to be derailed by US-orchestrated interference. Since then, widespread privatization and deregulation have left much of the country unemployed or in a state of shock.
The good news is that throughout this period human rights have largely been respected and the country's battles are now confined to the political arena. Nicaragua is a fascinating destination for those travellers who have an awareness of history and enjoy getting to know the grassroots.
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