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Nicaragua eNewsletter August 2014
 
     
 
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August Brings Santo Domingo Festivities in Managua

For your clients seeking a truly authentic cultural experience, Managua’s festivities celebrating patron saint Santo Domingo are the highlight of the year. On August first each year, a small figure of Santo Domingo (called “Minguito” and which resides in Las Sierritas Parish Church in Managua’s hilly neighborhood of Santo Domingo) is brought down from the hills into the heart of the city to Santo Domingo Church.

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On August 10, it is returned to Las Sierritas, where it resides for the remainder of the year. In the days in between the first and the tenth, the capital city of Nicaragua transforms with a carnival-like atmosphere, including parades of floats and horses, musical performances and street dancers, fireworks, church services and more. Thousands of people line the streets to view the processions, while others take part in Minguito’s journey, often dressed in costume or painted. Some attendees focus more on the religious traditions surrounding the events, while others attend for the celebratory environment. Either way, the Santo Domingo festivities in Managua are an exciting celebration for locals and visitors alike to partake.

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New Hotel Option in Granada

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The colonial city of Granada is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nicaragua and home to many incredible hotels and accommodations options. Joining these properties is Tribal Hotel, a boutique property that opened in April. Full of charm and relaxed luxury, Tribal Hotel is located just two blocks from the colonial city’s lively central park, with its street vendors and musicians; the majestic Granada Cathedral; and Calle La Calzada, the “walking street,” which is lined with shops, bars and restaurants and is the center of Granada’s colorful nightlife.

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Set in an historic hacienda that has been lovingly restored, Tribal Hotel features a stylish lobby that opens to a courtyard with tropical greenery, a beautifully tiled pool and cabana-style outdoor lounging beds. The covered veranda surrounding the courtyard provides a modish outdoor communal living and dining area for guests and is decorated with custom pieces designed by the owners and hand-crafted by local artisans from the Nicaraguan countryside. In the evening, the courtyard turns into a romantic torch-lit lounge where cocktails and light tapas are served. Accommodations include five premium rooms that each feature a queen-size bed, private bath and a private terrace; and two junior suites located each featuring a king-size bed, private bath and expansive private terrace with views of the surrounding trees. All accommodations are air-conditioned. Rates start at $95 per night, double occupancy, and include breakfast and Wi-Fi. For availability and more information click here.

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Nicaraguan Cuisine: For Your Foodie Clients or Anyone in Between

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Nicaragua’s iconic dishes, such as gallo pinto or the macua drink, are a must for your clients to sample when visiting the destination. But what many don’t realize is that the cuisine of Nicaragua is quite broad, varying from region to region in the country but delicious throughout. Nicaraguan cuisine reflects a mix of the country’s history, combining influences from its indigenous people, Creole cuisine, and Spanish influences from early colonial settlers. On the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua and the Corn Islands, for instance, visitors will find regional specialties highlighting fresh seafood or coconut – coconut bread is a specialty in the Corn Islands or rondon, a fish and coconut stew. Elsewhere throughout Nicaragua travelers can enjoy juicy, grass-feed beef in dishes such as churrasco.

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In addition, Nicaragua’s diverse climate conditions produce a wide range of fruits and vegetables unique to the region. While in Nicaragua, your clients can sample exotic produce they may have never tried before, such as sapote, a fruit with red or orange pulp that is very soft and sweet; jocote, a small fruit with juicy and acidic flesh that can be eaten fresh (ripe or unripe), squeezed for juice or preserved; and or culantro, a pungent herb similar to cilantro.

After hiking volcanoes, boating on Lake Nicaragua, or simply relaxing on a pristine beach, your clients will likely have worked up an appetite. Nicaragua’s cuisine will shine, with both modern and organic culinary offerings as well as traditional Nicaraguan culinary specialties such as the following:

  • Vigorón – This Nicaraguan specialty can be found in most restaurants but also on the carts of street vendors in Granada, Masaya and elsewhere. The dish consists of chicharrones (fried pork rinds), curtido (a cabbage salad similar to coleslaw) and boiled yucca. Every Nicaraguan grandmother seems to have her own special recipe.
  • Gallo pinto – Gallo pinto means “spotted rooster” in Spanish and refers to the speckled look of the dish, which is a mix of rice and red beans. Gallo pinto is a common breakfast dish enjoyed with eggs and fresh Nicaraguan cheese.
  • Rondón – A hearty soup from Bluefields on Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, rondón is traditionally made with a combination of meats, pepper, onion, yucca, green banana and coconut milk. It’s best enjoyed with fruta de pan (fruit bread) or pan de coco (coconut bread) to soak up the juices.
  • Nacatamales – Similar to a tamale but with a denser corn masa, the Nicaraguan nacatamale is filled with meats or vegetables and wrapped in plantain leaves. You’ll find them on street carts on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Quesillos – A snack often sold by roadside vendors, quesillos are made of thick corn tortillas with soft cheese, pickled onions and topped with sour cream sauce.
  • The Macuá – A delicious cocktail made with white rum, guava juice, a touch of orange juice and lemon. The “national drink” of Nicaragua is named after a tropical bird native to the country. The key is to use Nicaraguan guava fruit – which is white inside, not pink! – and top it with a green cherry.
  • Pinolillo (or pinol) – A sweet cornmeal and cacao-based traditional drink made of ground toasted corn. It can be mixed with water or milk, and served sweetened or unsweetened.
  • Wabul – A typical drink along Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast, but hard to find elsewhere in the country, wabul is made from green banana puree, milk, coconut water, and a little bit of sugar.

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Voluntourism and Educational Travel in Nicaragua

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We all know summertime is a prime time for your clients to travel. Students, families and vacationers alike often take time in the summer to explore other countries. One of the fastest growing trends in travel is “voluntourism” – volunteer tourism – or giving back and making a positive impact while traveling. According to NPR, more than 1.6 million volunteer tourists spend about $2 billion each year on volunteerism.

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For your clients (adults, students, or families) seeking volunteer or educational opportunities while on vacation, Nicaragua offers a range of options. Below are just a few of the options available:

  • Working with students and Nicaraguan youth, from teaching English to computer education tutoring, meal preparation and mentoring
  • Volunteering at the national zoo or at animal shelters
  • Working with groups dedicated to women’s empowerment
  • Working on sea turtle conservation projects
  • Working with special needs children
  • Aiding in a hospital or a clinic
  • Assisting on an organic farm or with agricultural education at cooperative farms
  • Building homes and community buildings
  • Working on projects with Nicaragua’s indigenous people

More information can be found through the following organizations:

Click here to learn more about educational travel opportunities in Nicaragua at the VisitNicaragua.us website.

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Travel Packages with a Focus on Granada, Cuisine or Volunteer Experiences:



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GoVoluntouring "Community-based Hawksbill Sea Turtle Projects" package – volunteering, nature, community involvement

  • Hands-on volunteering at Padre Ramos Estuary Natural Reserve
  • Conservation of endangered Hawksbill sea turtles
  • Local community interaction: English lessons, arts programs & local tours
  • Flexible durations and scheduling

Cox & Kings “Colonial Nicaragua and the Pacific Coast” 7-day package – private journey, culture and light adventure

  • Cultural exploration in Managua, León and Granada
  • Light adventure at Mombacho Volcano
  • Leisure time at Guacalito de la Isla
  • Swimming, zip-line, golf and leisure time

Latin American Escapes “Nicaragua's Cuisine & Cultural” 7-day package – culture, cuisine and exploration

  • Introduction to Nicaraguan and Caribbean culinary specialties
  • Flor de Caña distillery tour, cigar factory tour and chocolate cooking class
  • León and Juan Venado Island nature reserve exploration
  • Granada, Masaya Volcano and Masaya market
  • Boating on Lake Nicaragua

Pacific Holidays “Jewels of Nicaragua” 8-day package – culture, light adventure, leisure time

  • Aqua Wellness Resort or Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa accommodations
  • Customizable itineraries
  • Spa, yoga, wellness, relaxation

LaTour “Best of Nicaragua by Private Car” 9-day package – volcanoes, culture, light adventure

  • Managua sightseeing
  • Colonial Leon and Granada city tour
  • Lake Nicaragua and Las Isletas
  • Hiking Cerro Negro Volcano, Mombacho Volcano, Masaya Volcano

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Nicaraguan Tourism Board
Hotel Crowne Plaza, 1c Sur, 1c. Oeste. Managua, Nicaragua. Aptdo. Postal No. 5088
Pbx: (505) 2254-5191 / Fax: (505) 2222-6610
www.visitnicaragua.us