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Nicaragua eNewsletter September 2012
 
     
spacer Nicaragua and TACA Airlines Partner to Offer up to 33% Savings on Travel to Nicaragua on Expedia

The Nicaraguan Tourism Board continues its commitment to increasing travel and tourism to the country through a new partnership with TACA Airlines, a leading Latin American airline, and Expedia, the world’s leading online travel agency.

Expedia

The partnership includes a dedicated page on Expedia showcasing discounts on flight and hotel packages, including activity and adventure options throughout town. This effort is an additional coup for the Nicaraguan Tourism Board who has already launched their first fall sales initiative that is available through December 15, 2012 on visitnicaragua.us.

Visitors to the Expedia site may book hotel deals at popular Nicaraguan beach resorts such as Aqua Nicaragua, Pelican Eyes, Morgan’s Rock and Punta Teonoste, plus tours that explore the country’s beautiful Spanish Colonial cities, lakes, volcanoes and pristine nature reserves. Travelers also can book discounted flights to Nicaragua on TACA Airlines, which provides convenient and reasonably priced service from major North American cities to Nicaragua, including daily non-stop service from Miami.

Some package deals found on Expedia that include a flight to Managua and accommodation per person include:

Great sample roundtrip airfares for TACA airlines on Expedia:

  • Miami – Managua: November 2-12 from $333
  • Los Angeles – Managua: October 10-24 from $509
  • San Francisco, CA – Managua: October 10-15 starting from $689
  • New York City (JFK) – Managua: October 11 – 24 from $429
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Nicaragua: Granada & San Juan del Sur

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Visit some of Nicaragua's most interesting sites like Masaya to experience culture and folklore; Granada, a beautiful colonial city; and San Juan del Sur, with some of the best beaches in the country.
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Nicaragua's 191 Years of Independence

Independence   If you wonder why every home in Nicaragua flies the country’s blue and white flag in the month of September, it is because September 15 is Nicaragua’s Independence Day. On September 15, 2012, Central America’s largest and safest country – and new hot tourist destination – celebrates 191 years of independence from Spain. Independence Day celebrations continue throughout the month of September with local festivals and parades made up of student bands, who march through towns in cultural attire, making music as they go.

Independence

A few days before the official Independence Day on the 15th, representatives from each Central American country transport a torch from Guatemala to Costa Rica. When the torch reaches the Nicaraguan border with Honduras, on September 11, the Hondurans will hand it off to the Nicaraguans, who carry it down the Pan American Highway to the Costa Rican border.

Oh, and if you’re wondering how Nicaragua gained its independence, here’s the basic history lesson: Until 1821, Spain controlled most of what is now Nicaragua, with British colonizers controlling some of the Caribbean coast. Rule under the two countries led to local uprising which resulted in Nicaragua’s independence. Later Nicaragua was incorporated into the newly formed Mexican empire, then the United Provinces of Central America, which also included Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. A few years, civil war erupted and the union dissolved leaving Nicaragua to be a fully independent country.

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Beat the Holiday Crowds in Nicaragua

Travel Specials spacer During the holidays in Nicaragua, resorts, hotels and tours are maxed out with travelers who choose to vacation between Christmas and New Year's. To beat the crowds, you can get great deals on travel in Nicaragua from now until December 15. Go to http://visitnicaragua.us/travel-specials for special prices on tours including:

Latin American Escapes’ “Magic of Nicaragua:” Enjoy Nicaragua’s popular sights and activities. 8 days starting at $1,395 per person double

  • Granada, Leon
  • San Juan del Sur and beaches
  • Lake Nicaragua, volcanoes and Ometepe Island

Latin America Collection’s “Highlights of Nicaragua:” Discover historical colonial cities, volcanoes and natural reserves. 8 days starting at $855 per person double

  • Granada, Leon, Matagalpa
  • Active volcanoes Cerro Negro, Masaya
  • Natural reserves, mangroves of Juan Venado Island
  • Cigar making in city of Esteli

Nicaragua Vacations’ “Coast to Coast:” Two different coasts and two completely different vibes. 8 days starting at $1,101 per person double

  • Corn Islands in the Caribbean
  • Explore tropical hideaways
  • Punta Teonoste beaches on the Pacific
  • Surf, yoga, spa

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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