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.
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.