Nicaragua: Perception vs Reality

Many times, our perceptions of a place are tainted with a history of past experiences. This is an excellent video of general perceptions of Nicaragua transformed into reality. Enjoy!

21 thoughts on “Nicaragua: Perception vs Reality

  1. This is a great video. Thanks for posting it. We can’t wait to visit in a few months. Sadly, we won’t be spending nearly enough time to check out the full beauty of the country.

  2. Well I’m coming back to Nicaragua for the fourth time in November… for 6 months this time! I will be sure to visit with you two this time, hasta pronto!

  3. Love this and agree that oftentimes people have no idea about perception bs reality of a place. I would love to visit Nicaragua and it is on the list! I was thinking this year but I’ve got to do another goal first!!!

  4. Thank you for this, I had no idea. One of these days we would like to take a trip to Nicaragua but it will have to wait for a while as we just moved to Pedasi, Panama 2 weeks ago from Auburn, California. My wife, Connie, has started a Blog about our adventure including how we started thinking about the move. We are regular readers of your Blog and would like to meet you when we do make it to Nicaragua.

    • You’re very welcome, Sunnymikkel. Congratulations on your move to Panama. I’ll have to check out your blog. You are welcome to visit anytime. We’re planing on a trip through Panama next spring on our way to Colombia. We’ll have to stop by and say, hola. πŸ™‚

  5. i didn’t realize the garifunda influence was there.. that’s the same as in belize?

    it took an hour, but i was glad to do other things while the video loaded!!! sigh, daytime internet isn’t too good.. i looked at my system and don’t think that your wok magic will work on this one.. no antennae – just a radio-looking device about the size of two 8-track tapes stacked together!!!


    • The history of the Garifunda is fascinating. The Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua has a small population of Garifunda people. In 1635, two Spanish ships carrying slaves to the West Indies were shipwrecked on St. Vincent and they dropped off all the Garifunda slaves there. In 1797 the British gained control over their two islands so they could grow sugar cane, Dominica and St. Vincent. They didn’t want the Garifunda slaves living on the islands, so they moved them to Honduras. Gradually, the Garifunda people settled throughout Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
      What kind of internet do you have? Cable? I’m curious to know where your internet signal comes from. Do you have towers?

      • thanks for the garifunda info. i met a really sweet gal in belize, and she was so proud of her lineage and the cuisine.

        there are two options for my internet.. one is thru claro or movistar, which is expensive and slow unless you use it near a city.. it’s good that it travels with you…

        the other is a guy in town who sends his signal to a tower, which bounces the signal to those of us in the country.. the little box receives the signal, and it comes into the house via banda ancha. he swears that the number of people on the system does not affect the quality of my service, so why is it that each night around ten, the signal improves.. at 11 it’s better.. by midnight it’s lighting fast and stays that way til 8 or 9 in the morning… every so often it’s fast in the daytime, and later someone in another area will say, our internet was down all day!… hmmm, i reply, that’s why mine was fast!

        i’m about to be in another area of the country for about six weeks to two months, so im going to look into the movistar options since i tried claro last time…


  6. Nicaragua is not even the shadow of what it could really become. There is facebook page call Nicaragua Pictures and posesses and very rich collection of the golden era of Nicaragua and of all the towns, regions and cities of the country.

    • Jorge, I ‘liked’ that Facebook page. You’re right! Nicaragua used to be called the bread basket of Central America. Of course, that was before the wars, the earthquakes, William Walker declaring himself President of Nicaragua and burning Granada to the ground, and the complete destruction of Managua. The people are resilient…they are rising from the ashes poco a poco.

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