Tim Rogers in the Nicaragua Dispatch details Nicaragua’s dramatic reduction from 80% foreign oil dependence in 2006 to a much more stable and sustainable future.
Nicaragua, land of volcanoes, is quite a beautiful place. From the uncrowded pristine beaches; to the tropical enchantment of Isla Ometepe and the Archipelago Solentiname, within the beautiful waters of Lago Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua); to the wilds of Río San Juan; to the vibrant history of the colonial cities of Granada and León, this land is truly a paradise.
The country has certainly had its share of problems, least of which was the Revolutionary and Contra Wars of the late 1970s and early 1980s, which devastated the country.
Today, Nicaragua is on the map. Tourism is a big draw as neighboring Costa Rica reaches saturation and tourists are looking for someplace ‘less touristy’.
Just north of the Costa Rica frontier, on the southwestern shores of Lago Cocibolca, wind turbines rise along the Pan-American Highway. These turbines are just the beginning of something that is nothing short of extraordinary.