Ministers in Nicaragua are trying to persuade luxury holidaymakers to visit the country.
New boutiques hotels and improved infrastructure will hopefully attract a new breed of tourist, says the Nicaraguan government, with those holidaying in Costa Rica already making the short journey over the border to experience spectacular vistas and more.
Tourism minister Mario Salinas said: "We have to bring two million tourists here a year, and for them to spend $100-$130 per day." In neighbouring Costa Rica the average visitor spends $118 a day but this falls to just $43 in Nicaragua, according to the Tico Times.
Despite lacking in monetary wealth, Nicaragua more than makes up for it in scenery and natural beauty as it is known as the land of lakes and volcanoes. Visitors are treated to beautiful views along with world-class surfing, idyllic beaches and remarkable local wildlife.
British travellers can fly from London via the USA to Managua Augusto C Sandino International Airport.
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