When it comes to international reputation, many Latin American countries don't get a fair shake. Somewhere in the middle of that spectrum lies Nicaragua, "the land of lakes and volcanoes." Once known for its natural disasters and civil war, the government and private businesses of this proud nation have been making some important advancements in its infrastructure to invest in the future by improving the standard of living and quality of life of both residents and visitors.
1. Nicaragua is on the Road to Riches
A major facet of the infrastructure in Nicaragua is transportation. The quality of the roads in the country varies widely from location to location; visitors can expect to find everything from well-paved highways to one-lane dirt roads. Because on the Atlantic coast of the country most of the transportation takes place over water, the more densely populated Pacific side boasts a better infrastructure.
The most essential Nicaraguan road is the Pan-American highway, which runs from north to south and is usually in great shape. The highway passes towns, villages and larger cities like Managua, resulting in a leisurely drive that allows you to see the country up close. Since the government and outside entities have committed to dramatically improving the country's transportation infrastructure, better roads have contributed to a boom in the tourist industry.
2. Local and International Trade is Booming
Nicaragua is home to six seaports with three on each coast of the country. The most vital port, which processes bulk goods and raw materials like oil and sugar, is located at El Corinto, Chinandega.
The international airport in Managua has small but modern facilities designed to accommodate both passenger and cargo transportation. Because Nicaragua is located close to the exact center of the Americas, Managua's airport is strategically located. There are daily flights to several destinations in the U.S., Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador.
3. The Communications Infrastructure is Solid
Alternative energy sources are popular in Nicaragua, including solar panels, generators and hydropower. Although much of Nicaragua is considered rural, development within the communications infrastructure has been on the rise, including improvements such as reduction of prices driven by competition. Network expansion has improved internet access, and usage is increasing nationwide. Even if a private connection is outside reach, cyber cafes permit web access to the average Nicaraguan.
Development in areas such as transportation and road networks, communication infrastructure and energy enables Nicaragua to offer a better quality of life for citizens, tourists and investors. Investments in infrastructure are spurring the country's growth and helping it stand out as a Latin American country of international significance.