By Erica Rounsefell
Nicaragua is the most important state in principal the United States, yet travelers are just now starting to notice it. for this reason, the ample shores are uncrowded and the rainforests are packed with flora and fauna together with seven-hundred species of birds, white confronted capuchin monkeys, spider monkeys, and howler monkeys. imperative the United States s biggest lake, Lago de Nicaragua, is right here and Granada, the oldest Spanish urban within the continental Americas, with the earliest colonial structures. Bordered by means of the Pacific Ocean at the west and the Caribbean Sea at the east. The Pacific Lowlands sector, consisting of the towns of Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur, is the most-visited quarter of the rustic.
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Sandía papaya . . . . . . . . . . . . papaya tamarind . . . . . . . . . . tamarindo starfruit . . . . . . . . . . melocotón Other common refrescos thick, pink, with bubblegum flavor . . sébaco milky yellow with large seeds . . . granadilla ground chocolate beans with milk . . cacao tart, very sweet, pink with tiny seeds . . chía Excellent coffee is produced in the north of Nicaragua, though inexplicably you will often be served instant coffee in restaurants.
ATM locations are listed in the Money section of each city chapter. n CREDIT CARDS The Nicaraguan economy is mainly cash-based, and this is particularly true outside the main cities. Though many upscale hotels and restaurants now take credit cards, especially in Managua, acceptance is limited or nonexistent in smaller towns and at budget establishments. Many businesses in Nicaragua add a surcharge for credit card use, often up to 7% of your purchase. Be sure to ask about fees before making a purchase.
The Northwest Highlands region, which includes the cities of Estelí and Matagalpa, are largely hilly and forested. Much of the land is covered with coffee plantations. Boaco and Chontales are hilly and primarily covered with ranches and farms. In the isolated southeast area of the country Río San Juan is carpeted with dense jungle, and the islands of Solentiname in Lago de Nicaragua are forested and hilly. The Caribbean Coast (sometimes referred to as the Atlantic Coast) borders the Caribbean Sea and consists of low-lying land with dense vegetation.