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Nicaragua eNewsletter June 2013
 
     
spacer Nicaragua Nominated for Three World Travel Awards

The World Travel Awards were created to acknowledge excellence in tourism and are considered a benchmark of quality within the industry. Not surprisingly then, Nicaragua has been nominated for three separate World Travel Awards: Leading Destination (Granada), Leading Tourist Board, and Leading Green Hotel (Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan's Rock). The award winners will be announced July 20, 2013, but you can cast your votes for Nicaragua now in the Central America category at www.worldtravelawards.com/vote.

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Nicaragua’s Majestic Ometepe Island

Surf Seasons spacer Formed of two majestic volcanoes, Concepción and Maderas, Ometepe Island rises out of Lake Nicaragua and is one of the largest freshwater islands in the world. The island encompasses more than 171 square miles of nature and wildlife and is home to nearly 40,000 residents who live an agrarian life, harvesting plantains, rice, tobacco, sugar cane and coffee. With its diverse habitats and dazzling array of wildlife, Ometepe was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2011.

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Ometepe Island has become a favorite among hikers eager to take on a volcano – or in this case, two. Concepción volcano is active and has slopes that are covered by a tropical dry forest, while Maderas is dormant, with a deep cloud forest and beautiful lagoon atop its crater. In addition to hiking, Ometepe is an excellent destination for paragliding, fishing, mountain biking, and kayaking. Once considered sacred ground by the Nahuatl people, remnants of ancient ceremonial carvings and stone idols can still be seen on the volcanoes’ slopes. Ometepe is accessible by ferry boats, which run from Granada, San Carlos, and a port near Rivas, which is close to the popular Pacific beach town of San Juan del Sur.

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Ometepe Island as a Contender for the 8th Wonder of the World

Junior Surfing Championships spacer VitrualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of the TripAdvisor Media Group, is naming a new winner for the “8th Wonder of the World” and Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island is a contender. The landmark with the most votes will be deemed the winner; voting is now open at http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.

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Green Season in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua’s tropical season has just begun and will last until November. “Green Season” is the region’s wet season, a time where travelers can experience lush vegetation and witness an abundance of flora and fauna. Known for weather variations that range from sunshine and 80̊F weather to cool tropical afternoon showers, green season has become popular among travelers due to lower airfares, great deals on accommodation and activities, and a decrease in the number of crowds.

Green season is also the best time for some of the country’s most popular activities, including surfing along the Pacific Coast; zip-lining through the lush jungles; fishing on Nicaragua’s coasts, lakes and rivers; and hiking up volcanoes and through the country’s famed cloud forests.

A few travel packages that are available to travelers during this season include:

Greenspot.Travel “Culture and Green in Nicaragua” 8-day package: Culture, architecture and tradition

  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • Masaya Volcano National Park
  • Granada Isletas
  • Horse carriage ride
  • Mombacho Volcano and Ometepe Island
  • Visit to coffee plantations
  • San Juan Del Sur

Nicaragua Vacations “Living the Dream” 8-day package: “Barefoot luxury,” beach, nature and relaxation

  • Two luxurious hotels: Jicaro Island Ecolodge and Morgan’s Rock
  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Kayaking around the Isletas of Granada
  • Hiking, surfing, fishing, mountain biking
  • Hot springs

Kensington Tours “Nicaragua Adventure” 8-day package: History, culture, cuisine

  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Roberto Huembes Market
  • Open-air jeep tour of Corn Island
  • Culinary experiences
  • Yoga & wellness
  • Luxurious nature resort Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Adventure Life “Nicaragua Escape” 7-day package: Beach, relaxation, tranquility

  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Kayaking around the Isletas of Granada
  • Mombacho volcano
  • Zipline
  • Treetop living at Aqua Wellness Resort

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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