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Nicaragua eNewsletter October 2012
 
     
spacer Cruising to Central America's Next "Hot Spot" Destination

If you or your clients are planning on a cruise in 2013, consider booking one that stops in Nicaragua and offers you or your clients a taste of this beautiful Central American country's pristine beaches, tropical landscape and vibrant colonial cities. Many Panama Canal and Latin American cruises stop in the Nicaraguan ports of San Juan Del Sur or Corinto on the Pacific Ocean.

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San Juan del Sur, a popular beach town set on a picturesque bay in Southern Nicaragua, offers an array of lively waterfront cafes and bars where you can enjoy fresh-caught Nicaraguan shrimp and lobster, along with an icy Toña beer or a cocktail made with Nicaragua’s famous Flor de Caña rum. From San Juan del Sur, you can easily arrange to take a surfing lesson on one of the country’s best surfing beaches. You can also arrange to go rappelling down an ocean cliff or go horseback riding on the beach where CBS filmed “Survivor: Nicaragua.”

Cruise ships anchoring in San Juan del Sur offer tours to Granada, one of the most well-preserved colonial cities in all of the Americas, just 90 minutes away. In Granada you'll visit some of the oldest churches in Central America, a museum with pre-Columbian artifacts and even a chocolate factory where you can make your own chocolate. You'll enjoy a boat ride on Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, a peek into the smoking crater of Masaya Volcano and a visit to the Masaya artisans' market for shopping. Your tour may also offer a stop for zip-lining over a coffee farm on the slopes of Mombacho Volcano.

Some cruise ships docking in Nicaragua stop in Corinto, on the country's pristine northern Pacific Coast. Corinto is the gateway for tours of the colonial city of León, where day-trippers can explore museums; the largest cathedral in Central America, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the ruins of old León, yet another World Heritage site. Nearby is Cerro Negro Volcano, where thrill-seekers can try their hand at Nicaragua's unique sport - ash boarding - down the black slopes of the volcano. On the drive back to the ship, Flor de Caña distillery offers tours and rum tastings.

For cruises to Nicaragua, jump on board one of the following cruise lines that will take you there: Cruise lines with stops in Nicaragua include Holland America, Princess, Star Clipper and Windstar.

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Epicurean Delights Abound in Nicaragua

food   After surfing, hiking, bird-watching or ash boarding down a volcano in Nicaragua, you'll be hungry. No worries. You'll find an array of delicious dishes to eat. Nicaragua's culinary roots stem from pre-Columbian times and have led to a cuisine based on corn, rice, beans, fresh seafood, tropical fruits and some of the best beef in the Western Hemisphere. Corn is the main ingredient in dishes such the Nacatamal, Nicaragua's version of a tamale, which is usually filled with chilis, spices, meat and vegetables and steamed in banana leaves. Corn is also found in the dish Indio Viejo, which is traditionally prepared with beef, masa (corn-based dough), oranges, onions, garlic, peppers and tomato. Sopa de Albondiga, a popular stew, is made with meat and lots of vegetables, including corn on the cob. Desserts such as Atolillo (a tasty starch-bound custard) and Perrereque (Nicaraguan corn bread), and beverages including Pinolillo (a sweet cornmeal and cacao-based traditional drink) and Chicha (a soft drink made from purple corn) are also made with corn.

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On the east coast of Nicaragua and in the Corn Islands, fresh seafood and coconut reign. Be sure to try the popular Caribbean fish and coconut stew known as Rondon. Rondon is more of a concept than a recipe, as cooks use any combination of fresh seafood and vegetables that they have handy, plus coconut milk and spices.

Nicaragua’s cuisine is becoming so popular among foodies that Cox & Kings, one of the world’s leading luxury tour operators, is launching a series of gastronomic-driven trips to Nicaragua in 2013. If you’re looking for that “personal touch” when exploring a new culture, get ready for a new wave in Nicaraguan epicurean travel!

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Pre-Holiday Nicaraguan Vacation Getaways - Travel through December 15!

Travel Specials spacer Holiday travel is stressful - and expensive. Why not take a vacation in Nicaragua before the hordes descend and prices go up? Until December 15, Nicaragua's Fall Sale offers travelers the opportunity to explore Nicaragua's beautiful rainforests, beaches and colonial cities with a variety of discounted travel packages ranging from adventurous to cultural. Visit http://visitnicaragua.us/travel-specials for ideas on destinations within the country and special tours including:

SITA World Tours’ “Nicaragua Beach Getaway:” Beaches and islands, plus culture and history!
6 days starting at $1,180 per person double

Jaguar Journeys’ “Luxurious Nicaragua:” Oceanside relaxation and pampering.
6 days starting at $1,555 per person double - airfare included

Latin America Collection’s “Sunny Nicaragua:” Enjoy the beautiful vacational town of San Juan del Sur.
5 days starting at $755 per person double

Star Clippers’ “Star Flyer Costa Rica & Nicaragua:” Explore Nicaragua and Costa Rica with a 7-night cruise.
6 days starting at $1,299 per person double

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