HIGHLIGHTS: "We enjoyed the sand surfing down the Cerro Negro Volcano and the hike around Mombacho
"Bringing sporting equipment and school supplies to kids was a definite highlight. Just being able to interact with local children was wonderful. We saw a lot of smiling and the kids seemed to really appreciate the interaction."
"Selva Negra Lodge/Farm was a fascinating place with interesting guests and owners and the horseback riding/tour of Selva Negra and zip lining were also enjoyable. Morgan's Rock was amazing and really allowed us to relax and play. This was a great way to end the trip. It was
TRIP GUIDES: "Our local guide, Aura, was incredibly knowledgeable about the history of Nicaragua and was great about working to create an authentic travel experience, taking us to the local market along with the tourist only craft market. She was on top of things, planned ahead, and accepted our feedback. Our driver, Fernando, drove very safely, was very personable and we enjoyed being around him."
RECCOMENDATIONS: "Bring insect repellant and sunscreen and be prepared for some long rough roads, stunning scenery, fireworks, heat, and people aware of their past."
FINAL THOUGHTS: "Nicaragua is a beautiful and safe country to visit, even though it's many years behind its neighbors in development. It's still youthful in its tourism and needs some infrastructure development but they appear to have learned from the initial "ecotourism" movement and are doing it better than we've seen elsewhere. The pace is pretty slow; the beer is very good, and the people are warm and friendly and treat everyone as though they were old friends." - Wildland Alumni, Astrid & Preston Klopsch
Your friendly Central America expert,