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Nicaragua Family Vacations


“Nicaragua was exactly what I dreamed it would be - off the beaten path but very comfortable. Julio was one of the best tour guides we've ever experienced. He was intelligent and knowledgeable, and a pleasure to be around. I would recommend him to anyone! One of the reasons we wanted to visit Nicaragua was that it isn't yet Americanized (no Starbucks or McDonalds!). We felt comfortable wandering around the towns at night. At no time did we fear for our safety. If you don't mind giving up a few modern conveniences, this is a trip well worth taking.” Beth Pollock and family (parents and two daughters 15 and 18)

"Our accommodations were absolutely wonderful. Quite and serene. We could not have had better guides. Julio Flores was knowledgeable, fun and always on time. He was also flexible and the drivers were terrific. Definitely the way to go for the 4 of us. Nicaragua was safe, beautiful…. We loved not having lots of American Tourists to deal with and only the natural world was easily accessible. It was a great trip all around. Grettel communicated well to us and once we were there, it went without a hitch." Penny and Bill Rich (grandparents traveling with adult daughter and 12 year old granddaughter)

Those who have chosen to travel to Nicaragua on a Wildland Adventure have expressed how much they have enjoyed the warmth of the Nicaraguan people, the safety they feel while traveling around with their guide or on their own, how much they have enjoyed the food, the quality of our guides, how attractive the country is given the fact that it is not yet a popular destination and therefore it is possible to relish on this non-touristy and very pristine tropical land.

Our trips to Nicaragua started with our popular Nicaragua Family Vacation. This trip was designed for families traveling with young children (especially 5-12) and it is a great introduction to Nicaragua and a wonderful first trip for those who haven’t traveled outside the United States before.  The trip concentrates in only two areas: Granada and San Juan del Sur. We designed this trip to focus on two ares so that the driving distances in the car are not too long, also so families don't have to change hotels every two nights as it is not very practical for families to deal with packing and unpacking constantly.

 
On our adventure we visit the Mombacho Volcano, a huge stratovolcano bordering Lake Nicaragua, close to Granada. The islets in the lake, called Las Isletas, are thought to be the result of an eruption of the Mombacho Volcano thousands of years ago. Nowadays, the Mombacho Volcano is quiet and a dense forest dominates it's slopes. A zip line canopy tour gives our young travelers the opportunity to enjoy nature and the incredible panoramic views from high up in the canopy. The Mombacho Volcano also has great easy access for a fun ride on the Ecomovil, a truck that drives travelers up and down from the base to the top of the volcano. During your ride up the volcano you'll pass several types of ecosystems while ascending to the top (4,370ft). In addition to visiting volcanoes we also visit the Laguna de Apoyo, Pueblos Blancos, markets, the city of Granada, the Masaya Volcano, all still active adventures and we finish our trip in the wonderful town of San Juan Sur at the best Ecolodge in Nicaragua: Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge. Here you'll have free time to choose among several activities including: horseback riding, a night walk to see nocturnal animals, a jungle walk to learn about the natural history of Nicaragua, a property tour to understand why sustainability is so crucial to keep a healthy environment or a sunset tour or breakfast at the farm. The breakfast tour is a fun way to get up with the singing of the roosters, go pick up eggs, milk a cow and enjoy breakfast like a real cowboy! Plus all the while white sand beaches are just a few steps from the hotel where you can enjoy the calm warm waters of Pacific.

For those who are looking forward to interaction with the local ‘Nicas’ this is a great trip that emphasizes fun and genuine connections with the children of the Granada communities. Many families have expressed how much they have enjoyed these activities where they have the opportunity to learn about the culture and the people in playful ways, sharing laughter and creating bonds you wouldn’t imagine.

Experiencing other cultures at a young age is a powerful learning experience for both the traveler and the locals.
“The highlight was visiting the school in Granada. We brought over 80 lbs of school supplies. It was awesome seeing the faces of the kids when they received the school materials.” Scott Hurlbert (parents and 2 children 12 and 16)

I’m visiting Nicaragua this year for the 4th time myself and I have gotten to know the country very well. I am more than happy to arrange pre and post extensions to other areas of the country according to your particular interests. My advice is to visit Nicaragua now! Nicaragua is in the early stages of becoming a popular destination, see it while it is still in its pure and natural state. Most of the country resembles how Costa Rica was 35 years ago and in some areas, like Ometepe Island, more like 50 years ago. It’s it a very off-the-beaten-path destination in itself and a place that has lots to offer for single parents traveling with their kids, grandparents looking for a safe destination to travel with their grandchildren, multi-generational families looking to find small-boutique properties in comfortable areas to suit the needs of the different age ranges of the family at reasonable prices, well traveled families who still take a week or two to travel with their teens/young adults, etc. There is something for everyone in this tiny land of lakes and volcanoes.

I’ll make sure to get the best hotel accommodations, room upgrades where possible, fantastic guides, amazing meals (not fixed menus), extraordinary active adventures and unforgettable interaction with the local people. Some of the best months to travel are May through September, this is considered 'green season'. It is typically sunny all morning until about 1 or 2 p.m, but you might get a shower in the afternoon for an hour or two. Although normally it is dry again for dinner time, in some instances it only rains during the night.

If you want to have the highest chances of drier weather conditions visit between December and Easter week, prices are more expensive, it is also a more popular time and therefore you will find more tourists than in the low season months. Another tip, book ahead in advance to have better possibilities to be guided by our top naturalist guides who are the highlight on every trip.

keeping it wild,

Grettel Calderon
Got questions about travel to Nicaragua? Ask Me!
Also I am personally leading an escorted trip to Nicaragua June 20-29 2013
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