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Lonely Planet Names Nicaragua #4 on its “Best in Travel 2015” List

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Good news for Nicaraguan tourism! Lonely Planet, the world’s most successful travel publisher, which prints over 120 million books in 11 different languages, just listed Nicaragua as #4 on its “Best in Travel 2015” list. “Nica neophytes have long been touting Nicaragua as ‘the new Costa Rica,’ and in the sense that it’s cheaper, safer and less developed than its Central American neighbor, we can see why,” wrote Lonely Planet author Sarah Reid on LonelyPlanet.com. Here are some of the reasons Nicaragua was selected for this venerable list:

  • Nicaragua is a unique natural playground with a history, culture and cuisine all of its own.
  • In 2013, Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, the nation’s first five-star resort, along with the laid-back-luxe Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Little Corn Island, made Nicaragua one of the world’s top emerging luxury ecotourism destinations.
  • Nicaragua is home to not just one, but two historic colonial cities – Granada and Leon – which offer culture, cuisine, history and more among Nicaragua’s stunning surrounding natural wonders.
  • Forbes Magazine named the David McLay Kidd-designed Guacalito Golf Course at Mukul one of the world’s top five great new golf resorts you need to experience.
  • Nicaragua is great for adventure tourism:
    • You can hike to the summit of two volcanoes on Ometepe Island.
    • You can surf some of the best waves in the world off of uncrowded beaches.
    • You can scuba dive in pristine Caribbean waters off the Corn Islands.
    • You can enjoy sand-boarding down Cerro Negro volcano on a custom-built sled. Afterward, enjoy post-volcano-boarding mojitos at Leon’s Bigfoot Hostel.

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A New Route to Nicaragua from North America via Mexico

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On December 10, 2014, Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, will begin flying six times a week from Mexico City to Managua. Flights will be on Embraer 170 aircraft, seating 76 passengers. With these new flights, Aeromexico joins United, Delta, American, Avianca and Spirit airlines in connecting North America to Nicaragua. On the new Aeromexico flights, U.S. passengers will have access to Managua via Mexico City from cities such as Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, New York, Washington, Dallas, Montreal and Denver. In this way, Aeromexico will be able to carry more than 900 customers a week to and from Nicaragua. Good news for your clients looking to head to Nicaragua in December and beyond.

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Snowbirds and Actual Birds Flock to Nicaragua in the Winter!

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In the winter, when many North Americans head for warmer climates, so do many of the Northern Hemisphere’s birds. One of their favorite landing places is Nicaragua. Flocks of more than 100 migratory species can be observed in southern Nicaragua, especially in the city of Granada (the most popular tourist destination in the country) and in the mountains of Mombacho Volcano. Your clients can also see both visiting and local birds on the banks and islands of Lake Nicaragua. Lake Nicaragua is home to hundreds of islets and islands, including Zapatera, Granada, Ometepe and the Solentiname archipelago, all of which are packed with birds at this time of year. Visitors to Granada can enjoy a bird-watching boat tour of the islets just off shore of the city.

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Beginning in October, birds from North America can be observed all over Nicaragua,” said Raul Lacayo, the head of the environmentalist Foundation for the Promotion of Local Development. “Nicaragua's 28 ecosystems attract enormous flocks of migratory species.”

According to figures of the NGO Alliance for Wildlife Areas, 655 species of birds have been sighted in Nicaragua, of which 489 are endemic and another 166 are migratory. With so much to see – from birds to wildlife to incredible surroundings – travelers to Nicaragua are advised to bring binoculars!

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Nicaragua is a Popular Holiday Destination

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Nicaragua expects more than 150,000 tourists to visit the country during December and early January. And no wonder: Nicaraguans begin celebrating the holidays early in the month of December and continue until nearly a week after New Year’s Eve! The holidays in Nicaragua are a perfect time for your clients to visit the destination. Houses, cathedrals, buildings and town squares are decorated with lights, nativity sets and Christmas trees. Visitors are welcomed in to enjoy traditional pageants, shopping and dining. Open-air markets feature holiday-themed trinkets, decorations and gifts such as candles, nativity figurines and toys. Shoppers can snack on seasonal Nicaraguan foods like rosquillas (donut-like pastries) and nacatamales (Nicaraguan tamale) in the markets, at street vendors’ carts and in restaurants.

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Nicaraguans celebrate Christmas with a mix of traditional and modern practices. Midnight on Christmas Eve is the most popular time for family and friends to congregate for festivities and to open gifts. New Year’s Eve is celebrated in family homes, in restaurants and at the country’s many resorts.

As a tradition, some locals craft a figure dressed up in old clothes and full of gunpowder. They then hang it up in the streets and set it ablaze when the New Year arrives. This symbolizes burning away the old year and welcoming the new one. Celebrants enjoy a midnight feast, along with firecrackers and fireworks.

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Travel packages include:

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TripMasters.comColonial Granada and Beach Escapade” 7-day package – light adventure, culture, beach

  • Colonial town of Granada
  • Beach town of San Juan Del Sur
  • Mombacho Volcano
  • Boat tour of Lake Nicaragua
  • Hiking, zip lining, beach time

Outside GOPacific Perfection” 8-day package – relax, explore, surf

  • Pacific coast, barefoot chic lodges, boutique beachfront hotels
  • Surf camp
  • Private surf lessons
  • Hiking, deep-sea fishing, paddle boarding, yoga, horseback riding

Yampu Tours Granada and Pacific Beach” 5-day package – culture, relaxation, tranquility

  • Colonial town of Granada
  • Charming town of Catarina
  • Masaya Volcano
  • Beach time, hiking

Festival Tours Nicaragua Wonders” 8-day package – history, culture, nature

  • Colonial towns of Granada and Leon
  • Northern Highlands: Selva Negra
  • Boat tour of Lake Nicaragua
  • Ometepe Island
  • Masaya Volcano and artisan market
  • Beach time, museums, light hiking

Tara Tours Nicaragua Odyssey” 10-day package – culture, history, nature

  • Managua, Leon, Granada and San Juan del Sur sightseeing
  • Northern Highlands: Selva Negra, San Rafael del Norte
  • Ruins of Old Leon, UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Masaya Volcano and artisan market
  • Mombacho Volcano
  • Hiking, beach time, museums

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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
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