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Nicaragua eNewsletter August 2013
 
     
spacer Nicaragua – Central America's Outdoor Adventure and Fishing Destination

Home to a chain of volcanoes, bordered by both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea – and home to the enormous Lake Nicaragua and the Amazon-like San Juan River – Central America’s newest tourist destination offers an abundance of outdoor activities for visitors. From sandboarding down Cerro Negro volcano, hiking in lush jungles, rappelling down a cliff into the ocean, zip lining over a coffee farm and scuba diving off the Caribbean, to horseback riding and fishing, Nicaragua has it all.

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Climb the Volcanoes of Ometepe Island

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The largest volcanic lake island on the planet, Ometepe, formed by two towering volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas, was named a UNESCO Biosphere Preserve in 2011. Visitors travel across Lake Nicaragua to Ometepe by ferry boats from the colonial city of Granada and San Jorge, a port near Rivas, which is close to the popular Pacific beach town of San Juan del Sur. Once on this magically remote island, which is 106 square miles in size, visitors have many choices. Adventure activities range from kayaking, fishing and swimming in Lake Nicaragua, to mountain biking, hiking and paragliding. Swimmers can cool off from the tropical heat on the white-sand beaches of Playa Santo Domingo, or deep in the lush forest at Ojo de Aqua, a duo of natural “swimming pools” that are popular with locals.

Ometepe

As for volcano climbing, there are few more challenging spots in Nicaragua than Ometepe. An active volcano, Concepcion has slopes covered with tropical dry forest that are alive with chattering monkeys and birds. Dormant Maderas Volcano is largely wrapped in a deep cloud forest and boasts a picturesque lagoon in its crater. Climbing either volcano is not for the faint-hearted, as the trails are steep and low clouds sometimes make it difficult to see further than a few feet in front of you. It is highly recommended that visitors only climb with a licensed guide.

Ometepe Island was considered sacred ground by ancient cultures, and a perk of visiting is that one can glimpse remnants of ceremonial carvings and learn about the legends behind them. In addition to offering adventure, a visit to Ometepe provides a sensory experience filled with the sounds of wildlife and views of nature permeated by a mystical presence. For tours to Ometepe, go to www.visitnicaragua.us.

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Catch a Whopper off the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua

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A favorite with surfers from around the world, the Pacific coast of Nicaragua offers a broad variety of water sport activities beyond surfing. In the port of San Juan del Sur, or charming fishing villages such as Gigante and Las Peñitas, visitors can set off on a fishing excursion that begins just past dawn and continues until sunset – or until the bait runs out!

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Deep-sea catches include black, blue and striped marlin; sailfish; yellowfin tuna; wahoo; barracuda; and dorado. Closer to shore, fishermen can hook rooster fish, barracuda, snapper and grouper. In Nicaraguan waters, it’s catch and release for all billfish, but other species are fair game to enjoy fresh off the grill for dinner with a cold beer. Visitors to Nicaragua who go out for a day of fishing on the Pacific enjoy the added opportunity of getting an up-close-and-personal look at Humpback whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

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Snorkel and Dive in the Clear Waters of the Corn Islands

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The Corn Islands, located off the eastern coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea, are as untouched and pristine as touristy Caribbean islands such as St. Barths and St. Lucia were 50 years ago. That’s a good thing for travelers who enjoy tranquility, coconut-tree-studded forests and unspoiled white-sand beaches along with their adventure.

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On Big Corn Island and Little Corn, which is reached only by small boat from Big Corn, the turquoise water is so clear, you can select your lobster dinner from the sea floor. The reef is located just off the coast, so there are terrific diving options too – especially among the ship wrecks of pirates and buccaneers from centuries past.

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Inspire your clients to go on a Nicaraguan outdoor adventure with one of these excellent travel packages:

Artisan fishing

Somoto

Rio San Juan

Kayak

 

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Latour “Extension Nicaragua” 4-day package: Culture, hot springs, leisure adventure

  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Kayaking
  • Artisan fishing
  • Jicaro Island Ecolodge
  • Hot springs
  • Private car

Greenloons “Nicaragua Jungle & Wildlife Package” 8-day package: Adventure, nature, jungle

  • Lake Nicaragua
  • Los Guatuzos Reserve
  • Boating
  • Indio Maiz Biosphere
  • Hiking cloud forest
  • Mombacho volcano
  • Colonial city of Granada

Mountain Travel Sobek “Nicaragua Tranquila” 10-day package: Relaxation, wildlife, nature

  • Colonial city of Granada
  • Selva Negra
  • Chocolate factory
  • Arenal Nature Reserve
  • Sea-kayaking
  • Town of Esteli
  • Somoto Canyon
  • Snorkeling
  • San Juan Del Sur

Tico Travel “Tour of Rio San Juan” 4-day package: Boating, relaxation, nature

  • Indio Maiz Reserve
  • Los Guatuzos Reserve
  • Private boat transportation
  • Bungalow and ecolodge accommodation

Wildland Adventures “Nicaragua Adventure Tour” 9-day package: Active travelers, culture

  • Colonial cities of Granada and Leon
  • Hiking Cerro Negro and Masaya volcanoes
  • Zip lining, kayaking, biking
  • Sand boarding
  • Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge

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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