Author: 
ARNIE WEISSMANN
Date: 
3 Mar 2012
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The second-poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua nevertheless is determined to exploit its location and environmental treasures to create a tourist trade rivaling that of any destination in the region. Pictured here, the view from the roof of Leon's cathedral, which was built in 1529.

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Horse-drawn wagons -- and volcanoes -- are a common sight in Nicaragua.

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Ziplining on Mombacho volcano.

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The colonial-style El Convento Hotel in Leon has a formal courtyard.

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The beach at Aqua Wellness, where crowds are not an issue.

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