Cultural Information Nicaragua

Official Travel Website

visitnicaragua.us

Culture Gram

Culture Gram

Federal Travel Website

travel.state.gov

Common Cuisine

  •  Vigorón
  • Quesillo
  • Nacatamales
  • Gallo pinto

 

Music

  • La nueva compañia
  • Los mokuanes
  • Luis Enrique
  • Perrozompopo

Banana stand

Television and Films

  • La Yuna (2009)
  • Mojados (2013)
  • El Inmortal (2005)
  • The Fourth World (2011)
  • Dreaming Nicaragua (2010)
  • Sexton Sentindo

Recommended Readings

  • The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli
  • Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer
  • Bernardo and the Virgin: A Novel by Silvio Sirias
  • Sandinista: Carlos Fonseca and the Nicaraguan Revolution by Matilde Zimmermann

Who's Who?

Augusto Nicolás de Sandino y Calderón , also known as Augusto César Sandino was a Nicaraguan revolutionary and leader of a rebellion between 1927 and 1933 against the U.S. military occupation of Nicaragua. He was referred to as a "bandit" by the United States government; his exploits made him a hero throughout much of Latin America, where he became a symbol of resistance to United States' domination. He drew units of the United States Marine Corps into an undeclared guerrilla war. The United States troops withdrew from the country in 1933 after overseeing the election and inauguration of President Juan Bautista Sacasa, who had returned from exile. The re-call of the Marines was largely due to the Great Depression. Sandino was assassinated in 1934 by National Guard forces of Gen. Anastasio Somoza García, who went on to seize power in a coup d'état two years later. After being elected by an overwhelming vote as president in 1936, Somoza Garcia resumed control of the National Guard and established a dictatorship and family dynasty that would rule Nicaragua for more than 40 years. Sandino's political legacy was claimed by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which finally overthrew the Somoza government in 1979.Sandino is revered in Nicaragua, and in 2010 was unanimously named a "national hero" by the nation's congress. Sandino's political descendants, along with the icons of his wide-brimmed hat and boots, and influence of his writings from the years of warfare against the U.S. Marines, continue to help shape the national identity of Nicaragua.

Everth Cabrera is a Nicaraguan professional baseball infielder with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball. He led the National League (NL) in stolen bases in 2012.

DJ Craze is a Nicaraguan American DJ who plays hip hop, Miami bass, trap, breaks, dubstep, drum and bass, and practices turntablism.[1] He is the only solo DJ in history to claim the DMC World DJ Championships trophy three times consecutively (1998–2000)

Politics

José Daniel Ortega Saavedra is a Nicaraguan politician who has been President of Nicaragua since 2007; previously he was leader of Nicaragua from 1979 to 1990, first as Coordinator of the Junta of National Reconstruction and then as President. A leader in the socialist Sandinista National Liberation Front (Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional, FSLN), his policies in government have seen the implementation of leftist reforms across Nicaragua. 

Cultural Activities

  • Take a nature walk at Marsella Valley Nature Center in San Juan del Sur
  • Go Volcano boarding at Cerro Negro Volcano in Leon
  • Boat tour the 365 Islets of Granada Nicaragua in Granada
  • Explore Puerto Salvador Allende in Managua

Recommended Websites

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