National Name: República de Nicaragua

President: Enrique Bolaños

Population: 5.4 million - most sparsely populated in Central America

Capital City: Managua

Land Area: 123,494 sq. kilometers - about the size of New York state

Languages: Spanish (official); English and indigenous dialects on the Atlantic Coast

Literacy Rate: 68%

Currency: Cordobas $1 US = C$15.52

Timezone: GMT minus 6 hours

Famous For: Sandinistas, big lakes, fresh water sharks, volcanos

Miles We Will Bike: 243

Our Favorite Food: Pasteles

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