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La Trinidad, Esteli Nic. Page #2, Volume 1, Issue 1, Sept. 22th, 1997.

You are about to embark on a very supremely journey, one will take you to a wonderful place between the Pacific Coast of Central America and The Caribbean Sea. A place of dreams and hopes, beauty and peace, but especially a place where happiness and hard working make of it the most outstanding characteristics of its people.

Welcome to the land of God, the land of Ruben Dario , the beautiful: Nicaragua.

General Information
Nicaragua whose capital is Managua is the largest country in Central America. It was two coastlines. To the West is the Pacific Ocean. To the east is the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered on the north by Honduras, on the south by Costa Rica, ont he east by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Our territorial extension is 130,000 km2 divided into 17 cities and 143 towns. There are 4,800,000 inhabitants. Most people are a mixture of Spanish and Indian descents, those people are called mestizos, but there are other races such as: sumos, ramas, miskitos, and criollo. Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion. Spanish is the official language, but there are many different Indians dialects. The national currency is called cordoba. There are two seasons, sommerand winter. The climate is tropical, but int he northern of the country is cool. We have a democratic government.

Economics Activities
Nicaragua's economy profits from resources such as: Cattle, fishing, and forest industry. Agriculture is the base of it, however. Important crops include sugar, cane, beans, rice, bananas, sesame, pineapple, oranges, coffee, cocoa, wheat, and tobacco. Shrimp and lobsters are also important. The Nicaraguan's main imports are coffee, sugar, bananas, tobacco and cotton. Not only economy means income for the country, there is also something very important; tourism. Many tourists from all over the world who had traveled to Nicaragua, have enjoyed everything about it, but as they always say: Nicaragua's lake is unique.

Nicaragua's Lake
Also known as Cocibolca, its indigenous name, and as La Mar Dulce (the sweet sea) is the largest in Central America and the 10th largest freshwater lake in the world. Forty five rivers flow into the lake. There are over 400 islands in it. The world's only freshwater sharks live in Nicaragua's Lake. Although they are big, about three meters long, they are very rarely seen. The lake supports not only abundant underwater life, but birdlife as well. There is ample evidence of ancient human habitation on the lake's 400 islands. Other touristics attractions include:
Granada City
Ometepe's Island
Dear friends, next time you think bout traveling, come to NICARAGUA, the country where beside natural beauties, the most important is the passion of the people.
By Beridenia Blandón
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