!Viva Nicaragua!

I flew to Managua on Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday, while halfway around the world an uprising in Egypt was sparking a revolution in the Middle East. It was an ironic start to my reporting trip through Nicaragua, a country best known in the U.S. for the ever-shifting conflict between the Contras and the Sandinistas—a civil war that ended 30 years ago. It’s true that Nicaragua is still volatile, but that has more to do with its volcanoes and earthquakes than politics. (Although Daniel Ortega’s endorsement today of Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi might create a few ripples.)  Politics aside, Nicaragua is one of the safest countries in Latin America right now. Read more about Nicaragua’s slow and sometimes painful metamorphosis in my upcoming November 2011 Outside story. In the meantime, here are a few road-trip snapshots through a magic and tragic landscape.



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