Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • Indio Maíz Biological Reserve (
    Learn more about the rain forest habitat at Indio Maíz Biological Reserve in this photo-illustrated description of the reserve.
  • National Parks and Protected Areas ( Presents Nicaragua)
    View a list of Nicaragua’s most prominent protected areas, including a brief description of the climate and habitat of each.
  • Nicaragua (CIA World Factbook)
    Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics for Nicaragua.
  • Nicaragua Photo Galleries (
    View photos of the main cities and natural features of Nicaragua.
  • Weather (
    Get the current weather conditions for Managua and other cities in Nicaragua.
History and Government
The People
  • Nicaragua: Country Overview (Madre)
    Learn more about the health and education issues of Nicaragua’s women and families, including the nation’s indigenous peoples.
  • Population, Health, and Human Well-Being: Nicaragua (EarthTrends Environmental Information, World Resources Institute)
    View population statistics for Nicaragua, including fertility and mortality rates, HIV/AIDS rates, access to safe water and sanitation, and school enrollments and literacy rates. An extensive glossary is included.
Cultural Life
  • Mural Venture (Expressions of Central America, Stanford Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Education’s Learning, Design, and Technology Program, Stanford University)
    Take a virtual tour of dozens of colorful murals found throughout Nicaragua. Learn what a mural’s contexts add to its meaning. A mural’s contexts include its physical location, its political and social meaning, and its historical significance.
  • Permanent Tribute to Rubén Darío (Dariana)
    Read English-language translations of selected works of Nicaragua’s national poet, and read speeches and commentary about his legacy.
The Economy
  • Inside Nicaragua (InsideNetwork Corporation)
    Up-to-date links to news articles from a variety of English language news organizations are available here.
  • The Full Universal Currency Converter
    Compare the currency of Nicaragua with the currency of other nations around
    the world.
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Teacher Resources
  • Dictating the Future: Learning from the History of Overthrown Governments to Assess the Future of Iraq (The New York Times Teacher Connections)
    The dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza Debayle in Nicaragua is one of several dictatorships that students consider and compare and contrast with Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship on Iraq. (Grades 6–12)
  • Geography of Mexico and Central America (
    Students view a video Geography of Mexico and Central America. Then they discuss how a nation’s terrain affects its culture and economy. They map the nations of Central America and chart related characteristics such as major products (exports), common natural disasters, and environmental issues. In a subsequent class, students examine what features the countries of Central America have in common and how they differ from one another. The class concludes with a discussion of how terrain affects these nations’ economies. (Grades 6–8)
  • Intervene or Interfere? Exploring Forty Years of United States Intervention in Foreign Affairs (The New York Times Teacher Connections)
    U.S. intervention in Nicaragua in 1981 is one of several interventions which groups of students may research and report to the class in this examination spanning 1961 to the present. (Grades 6–12)
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