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Nicaragua eNewsletter May 2015
 
     
 
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Now Arriving: New Direct Routes for Summer

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Perfectly timed for summer travel, new direct flights are launching to Nicaragua in response to the growing demand in travel to this stunning destination. These new routes offer travelers direct and speedy access to paradise. Important dates to note:

  • May 28 Spirit Airlines’ direct flight from Houston to Managua begins with three flights per week. This flight is 3 hours and 30 minutes.

  • June 5Delta Airlines kicks off the first non-stop flight from the West Coast from Los Angeles to Managua. This seasonal flight runs through August 29 and will take 5 hours and 30 minutes.

  • June 6 American Airlines’ new direct flight from Dallas/Fort Worth begins service to Managua. The flight is only 4 hours.

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“Green Season” – A Great Time to Visit Nicaragua

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Green season, a period of seasonal rains and lush vegetation, is a great time to travel to Nicaragua. Green season begins mid-May and runs through early November, offering visitors a rich backdrop of incredible flora and fauna throughout the country. Additionally, travelers may find less crowded tourist interest points and special offers on airfare and accommodations. Slightly cooler weather (ranging from 75-88°F [24-31°C]) also allows travelers to enjoy more comfortably the outdoors and variety of activities unique to Nicaragua. Here are a few activities your clients will enjoy during green season:

  • Hiking – Hiking in the highlands of Nicaragua is best experienced during green season as the cloud forests are especially lush with vegetation at this time of year. Similar verdant scenery can be enjoyed via hikes up Mombacho Volcano, where hikers will discover unique plants and wildlife including monkeys, sloths and birds.

  • Fishing Nicaragua offers fishing year-round, but from mid-June until the end of August an incredible quantity of migrating tarpon travel up the Rio San Juan all the way to Lake Nicaragua. Fishing can also be enjoyed around the Corn Islands, where the fresh and abundant seafood is a major food source for locals.

  • Surfing – From San Juan del Sur in the south up to Chinandega in the north, surfing on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is some of the best worldwide. During green season, the tide, swell and winds create perfect conditions for surfing. Travelers can take lessons at Popoyo Surf Lodge at Playa Guasacate or enjoy complete surfing journeys from TropicSurf at Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa.

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ISA Returns to Nicaragua

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The 2015 ISA World Surfing Games are set to take place May 31 through June 7 at Popoyo Beach. Teams from more than 25 nations are expected to participate, with surf teams from around the globe converging on the shores of Nicaragua to compete for gold. For those interested in witnessing this exciting spectacle, the event will be located along Nicaragua's Pacific Coast in the Municipality of Tola, a two-hour drive from the capital city of Managua.

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Regional Insight: Rio San Juan

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On the southern border of Nicaragua, feeding into the Atlantic Coast lies the Rio San Juan. This major river starts at the southwest corner of Lake Nicaragua and flows 119 miles to the Caribbean Sea. This isolated region of Nicaragua offers a rustic and raw nature experience that is relatively unexplored by touristic travelers. Here are some insider tips for visiting stretches of the Rio San Juan:

See and Do – San Carlos is the principal point of entry to Rio San Juan, located at the mouth of Lake Nicaragua. This is also the perfect place to eat freshly caught fish at local restaurants as fishing is a primary profession for many of the people in town. In fact, the Rio San Juan is a fisherman’s paradise and attracts sports fishermen from all over the world.

Additional points of interest not to miss include Los Guatuzos Wildlife Refuge for riverboat-led tours, exploration through the caiman and turtle nurseries, butterfly farm and orchid garden. Visitors will get to see various types of local wildlife from pumas, jaguars, reptiles and different monkey species at the Indio Maiz Biological Reserve. In the local town of El Castillo, travelers can witness the impressive Immaculada Concepcion de Maria Fort built by Spaniards in 16th Century.

Stay – Accommodations are scattered throughout the region along the San Juan River; some of the more popular lodges include Sabalos Lodge, which was once an amphibian farm but now offers riverside cabins, a hammock lounge and dining area; and Rio Indio Lodge, which generates its own electricity and purifies its own water, and offers double-rooms, restaurant and bar.

Getting there – From Managua it takes approximately six hours by land to get to San Carlos, the entry to Rio San Juan. For a quicker hop, travelers can instead take a 45-minute flight from Managua to San Carlos. The region is so vast that it is highly recommended that travelers book private transportation as local public buses can be slow and run infrequently.

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Here are some travel packages to fit your clients’ needs:

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Travel Packages

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Eco-Adventure International’s “Nicaragua-Rio San Juan4-day package – sailing, hiking, exploring
  • Visits to San Carlos, Solentiname Archipelago and El Castillo
  • Exploring Los Guatuzos Wildlife Reserve and Indio Maiz Biological Reserve
  • Accommodations at Sabalos Lodge and Cabanas Paraiso Hotel
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SITA World Tours’ “Highlights of Nicaragua4-day package – culture, volcanoes, nature
  • Culture & history in two colonial cities: León and Granada
  • Volcano tours of Masaya, San Jacinto and Catarina
  • Boating and nature at Las Isletas
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Condor Tours & Travel’s “Nicaragua North & South9-day package – coffee, culture and eco-adventure
  • Coffee tour in Selva Negra Ecolodge and Coffee Estate in Matagalpa
  • Colonial town culture in Granada and León
  • San Juan del Sur fishing, surfing and swimming
  • Masaya Markets, Masaya Volcano, and the Pueblos Blancos
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Latin America Collection’s “A Taste of Adventure 7-day package – culture, volcanoes, beach
  • León and ash boarding at Cerro Negro Volcano
  • Masaya Markets, Masaya Volcano, and the Pueblos Blancos
  • Granada cultural exploration and Mombacho Volcano canopy tour
  • Surfing and horseback riding at San Juan del Sur
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Latin American Escapes’ “Trekking Nicaragua's Volcanoes – 9-day trekking, camping, volcanoes
  • Overnights in Granada and León
  • Ash board down Cerro Negro Volcano
  • Hike up Telica Volcano and visit to local beach
  • Tour of the Flor de Caña rum factory
  • Masaya Markets and Masaya Volcano exploring
  • Mombacho Volcano hiking

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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