Nicaragua facts
    Nicaragua facts
    Capital: Managua
    Largest city: Managua
    Population: 6.5 million
    Currency: Córdoba (NIO)
    Official language: Spanish
    Highest point: Mogotón (2,438 m)
    Longest River: Rio Coco
    Largest lake: Nicaragua






Fun Nicaragua facts
Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America. There are more than 430 volcanic islands in this vast lake. This lake is known for having a number of unique fish species. These fish species are not found anywhere else in the world except this lake.




    fun Nicaragua facts
    The only freshwater sharks known in the world can be found in Lake Nicaragua.

    Interesting Nicaragua facts
    The name Nicaragua comes from a combination of two words, "nicarao" and "agua". The Nicarao are the Indian tribe that were occupying the shores of Lake Nicaragua when the Spaniards arrived in the 1500's. "Agua" is the Spanish word for water. The Nicarao tribe originally immigrated to Nicaragua from Mexico, after the fall of the Aztec empire. According to legend, the Nicarao were directed to travel south until they found an island with two volcanoes in the middle of a lake. An interesting Nicaragua fact is that the Nicarao tribe found Ometepe Island with two volcanoes in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, realized they had found the promised land, and then setttled on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.
    Interesting Nicaragua facts
    The national dish of Nicaragua is “gallo pinto” that is a combination of cooked red beans and white rice. Other famous foods of Nicaragua like Nacatamales are mostly prepared by using corn as the main ingredient. Corn is also used to make many delicious and traditional Nicaraguan drinks. Fruits and vegetables are also used in preparing traditional dishes. Mango, papaya, banana, avocado, yucca, pipian are used in many local dishes.
    Interesting Nicaragua facts
    “Dual Volcano” of Nicaragua has two separate magma flow sources. This volcano is the only one of its kind in the whole world as it can erupt with two different magma flows at the same time.
    Interesting Nicaragua facts
    Although Nicaragua’s capital is Managua, the city of Granada is probably the most popular amongst tourists, and in fact is the oldest city on continental Latin America. It was founded in 1524 by Hernandez de Cordoba, who gave his name to the national currency – the Cordoba.
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    The national sport of Nicaragua is baseball, which is even more popular than football!

    Interesting Nicaragua facts
    The Nicaragua currency is called the Cordoba. An interesting fact about Nicaragua currency is that it's named after the Spanish conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba.

    Interesting Nicaragua facts
    Nicaragua does not have states or provinces, but has fifteen Nicaragua departamentos. An interesting fact about Nicaragua is that it has two autonomous self-governing regions (similar to Indian tribal reservations) known as R.A.A.S. and R.A.A.N. on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

    Fun Nicaragua Facts
    Top 10 cities of Nicaragua (2016 est.)
    Managua: 1 million
    Matagalpau: 155,000
    León: 150,000
    Masaya: 140,000
    Tipitapa: 135,000
    Chinandega: 130,000
    Jinotega: 125,000
    Estelí: 105,000
    Granada: 100,000
    Ciudad Sandino: 80,000