Physical Geography

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, it covers about 50,336 square miles. About one third of the land is forests. Some of the natural resorces are gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, and timber. The climate is tropical, but cooler in the highlands. It's usually humid, and the average temperature is 80*F year round. There is occasional hurricanes and tidal waves, and there is a few active volcanoes. The dry season starts in about November and ends in about May.


Cultural Geography

Nicaragua was ruled by Spain until it declared independence in 1821. It became a member of the US Provinces of Central America, then became an independent republic in 1838.

The population is almost 6 million. About half the population look to the government to redistribite wealth, create jobs, and provide healthcare. The president can serve for a maximum two terms. One term is two years. The voting age is 16.

Nicaragua is the poorest country in Central America. The economy is Nicaragua's greatest challenge. About twenty eight percent of Nicaragua's population is employed in agriculture. About forty six percent of the country lives in poverty.

Vacation Plan

Day 1: Drive to Chicago, fly from Chicago to Nicaragua. Spend $20 for dinner.

Day 2: Free breakfast, $12 for lunch, $18 for dinner. Take a surf tour for $265 plus $60 for board renatls.

Day 3: Free breakfast, $12 for lunch, $18 for dinner. Go to the beach for $30.

Day 4: Free breakfast, $12 for lunch, $18 for dinner. Go bungee jumping for $340.

Day 5: Free breakfast, $12 for lunch, $18 for dinner. Swim with the dolphins for $400.

Day 6: Free Breakfast, $12 for lunch. Go deep sea fishing for $168, catch fish and eat them for dinner.

Day 7: $15 for breakfast at airport, fly from Nicaragua to Chicago, drive home.

Airfare: $1773

Lodging: $1092

Shopping: $2205