Countries That Are Safer Than You Think: Nicaragua
There was a time when war and extreme poverty defined Nicaragua, but this nation has actually been at peace for almost 30 years. Today, tourism is booming, the economy has improved, and Nicaragua is considered one of the safest countries in Latin America, according to both the United Nations and a recent Gallup poll.
While everyone is busy vacationing in nearby Costa Rica, visitors to Nicaragua can enjoy all that lush, tropical beauty without having to navigate hordes of tourists. Marvel at mountain ranges, go on rainforest treks, explore nature reserves, and hike any of the country’s six active volcanoes. If you’re not the backpacking type, park yourself on the white-sand beaches of San Juan del Sur instead, or gawk at the colourful architecture of Granada, the country’s most popular city. Come for the beauty, stay for the friendly locals, vibrant food culture, and dirt-cheap prices.
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