Where is Nicaragua?About Nicaragua

Located in Central America, Nicaragua’s national motto is “Tierra de Lagos y Volcanes”… Land of Lakes and Volcanoes. It is a land of amazing natural beauty while at the same time, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere.

Economically, the official unemployment rate is quite low however, nearly half the population suffers from under-employment; subsiding on less than two U.S. dollars per day. Outside of the few major cities, most villages range from a small, rustic town setting to remote and somewhat primitive.

The people tend to be humble, content and open to listening to what we have to say as we share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Nicaragua is a Spanish speaking country however, Spanish is not required to be a missionary in the field; we will employ several translators to help us bridge the language gap.

The climate in Nicaragua is generally warm to hot year-round and will vary according to elevation. The mountainous regions are generally cooler, especially in the evenings but can still be hot during the days. Expect warmer temperatures and less evening cooling as you approach lower elevations and either the Atlantic or Pacific coast.

Depending on the climate you are accustomed to, most North Americans will find Nicaragua to be somewhere Picture_San Cristobol Volcanobetween warmer and, much hotter than home. It is a good idea to pack a light jacket, sweater or sweatshirt in the event of a cool evening. A best practice for cool sleeping is to pack either two flat sheets or, a fitted twin sheet and a flat sheet and a small pillow or pillow-like object. If you bring a sleeping bag, you will be too hot. The rainy season begins in in May and lasts through fall – it is always a best practice to pack some lightweight rain gear.

Nicaraguan culture has several distinct strands. The west of the country was colonized by Spain and has a similar culture to other Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. The eastern half of the country, on the other hand, was once a British protectorate and their culture is similar to that of Caribbean nations that were, or are, British possessions.

Nicaragua Quick Facts

  • A country of about 50,000 sq. miles, a little smaller than the state of New York
  • Located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Costa Rica and Honduras
  • Terrain: extensive Atlantic coastal plains rising to central interior mountains; narrow Pacific coastal plain interrupted by volcanoes
  • Climate: tropical in lowlands, cooler in highlands
  • Population: 5.5 Million (by comparison, Colorado is about 5.3 Million)
  • Capital City: Managua
  • 2,220  Air Miles From Denver (by comparison, Los Angeles to NY City is 2,470 air miles)
  • Flight time example:  Denver to  Houston is about 2½ hours, From Houston to Managua is about 3½ hours
  • Nicaragua is a wonderful country rich in natural beauty and, beautiful people!