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Nicaragua eNewsletter June 2012
 
     
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Nicaragua Any Time of Year

Nicaragua has something to offer everyone - from adventure to gastronomy and from nature to luxury - all throughout the year. Explore Nicaragua during the lush green season, when landscapes are verdant and the surf is up, or bask in the sun during the summer season. No matter when you go, Nicaragua is always prime for an ideal vacation!

  1. Experience nature, culture and adventure in the safest country in Central America

  2. Stay in eco-lodges from simple to luxury, all located in pristine natural settings

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  3. Explore the San Juan River, the “Amazon of Central America”

  4. Enjoy the best surfing in Central America

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  5. Live like a king for under $100 a day in the charming colonial city of Granada

  6. Fish for giant tarpon in the San Juan River or for marlin in the Pacific Ocean

  7. Kayak Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America

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  8. Hike one of the country’s active or dormant volcanoes – or ride an “ashboard” down one

  9. Nicaragua is only a two-hour flight from Miami, Atlanta and Houston, no visas required

  10. Feel welcomed by Nicaragua’s warm, fun people!
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Nicaragua's Cuisine and Culture
lets you discover the different cuisines of Nicaragua through visits to local markets and cooking workshops with local chefs.
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Nicaragua Wonders
takes you on an 8-day adventure through the highlights of Nicaragua. Whether you want to learn more about the history of this beautiful country or prefer to spend a day discovering a volcano, the wonders of Nicaragua await you.
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Living the Dream
Spend 7 nights in the two most luxurious, unique hotels in Nicaragua: Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Lake Nicaragua and Morgan's Rock on the Pacific Coast. This trip is the ultimate in "barefoot luxury," and all while staying true to the local culture and ecosystems.
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Travel Channel Samples Nicaraguan Street Foods

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The Travel Channel was in Nicaragua last month filming segments for the new show “International Street Foods,” which will air this fall. The film crew tasted their way through the street foods of Managua, Masaya and Granada, sampling such popular dishes as:

Nacatamales:  These delicious corn-dough tamales are made with rice, onion, pepper, raisins, tomato, pork, potatoes, and other vegetables and spices, wrapped in banana leaves and boiled for several hours. Nowadays, the banana leaves are then wrapped with an additional layer of aluminum foil. In Nicaragua, Nacatamales are traditionally eaten for breakfast on Sunday mornings along with fresh bread and café con leche.

Vigoron:  Chicharrones (fried pork skin), boiled yucca, and a cabbage salad known as curtido (chopped cabbage, tomatoes, onions, and chili pepper marinated in vinegar and salt), wrapped in plantain leaves.

Quesillos:  Corn tortillas topped with a mozzarella-like fresh cheese, sour cream and pickled onions.

Enchiladas Nicaragüenses:  Corn tortillas stuffed with meat, peppers and onions, then battered and deep fried. Eaten with your hands, like an empanada.

Tostones:  Slices of unripe plantain fried in oil until they are golden, then pounded flat with a special instrument and refried until golden brown in color. The resulting chips can be eaten with salt, or dipped in a delicious garlic sauce.

Guanabana and Strawberry Smoothie: This delightful treat is sold at the square in the park in Masaya and throughout Nicaragua.

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First Winner Selected in Ultimate Adventures Sweepstakes to Nicaragua

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Melissa Tan of Houston, Texas has been named the first winner of a trip for two to Nicaragua. As the first winner, she chose the "Cities & Nature" tour through Nicaragua, during which she will experience volcanoes, lagoons, waterfalls, history, hiking, culture, and more. Here's what she had to say about her free trip for two to Nicaragua:

"Thank you for this amazing opportunity to experience what Nicaragua has to offer! We both love to travel, so winning this trip is perfect for us! We are so excited about the Cities & Nature adventure package and can't wait to go!"

Go to the Visit Nicaragua Facebook page to read more about the concluded sweepstakes, and be sure to check back often for future travel specials and packages.

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The 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship

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On July 14, 2012, hundreds of the best over-35-year-old surfers from nearly two-dozen nations will walk the streets of Rivas, Nicaragua, waving their national flags during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship. The week-long event will be held on Colorado Beach in Hacienda Iguana and will feature surfers representing Australia, Brazil, France, Puerto Rico, South Africa and the United States (the defending team champions), amongst others. Find accommodations and special hotel packages for the surfing event at worldsurfing.visitnicaragua.us.

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Enjoy Airfare Discounts for Surfing Championship

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Whether you are going to hit the waves or just to cheer on your favorite surfers, travelers to the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship can enjoy discounts on airfare two ways:

Save 10% on American Airlines: Book airfare from American Airlines, the official airline of the 2012 ISA World Masters Surfing Championship, from the U.S. to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) before June 30, 2012, for travel from July 8-30, 2012, and enjoy a 10% discount. Go to www.AA.com and enter code “3972DU” in the “Promotion Code” box when making reservations.

Save 15% on TACA: Book airfare from the U.S. to Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) before June 30, 2012, for travel from July 11-24, 2012, and enjoy a 15% discount. Go to www.TACA.com and enter code “FR023” in the “Coupon Code” box when making reservations.

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The 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