Nicaragua is making efforts to develop tourism, but with limited results.  In 1997 Nicaragua received 350,000 foreign visitors and took in $65 million from tourism.  Major tourist sites include the Volcan Masaya National Park (an active volcano), and the Islands in Lake Nicaragua, including Las Isletas, a cluster of small, tropical islands of Granada.  In Managua, an important attraction is the Footprints of Acahualinca, the marks of humans and animals fleeing a volcanic eruption about 4000 BC that were preserved in the volcanic ash.

Beach at Majagual near San Juan del Sur. Picture provided by Jennifer Herrin


Natural Resources

Nicaragua's major resources are its excellent soil and its potential as a canal route.  In addition to gold and silver it has unexploited mineral resources, including copper. Hydroelectric potential is limited, but volcanoes provide a potential source for generating more geothermal energy. Timber reserves are extensive but are being depleted rapidly to provide lumber and more land for agriculture. Some 20.2 percent of the land is farmed, and 46 percent is forested.

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