2 independent reviews for Nicaragua walking tour vacation

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review 6 May 2015

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Wildlife encounters in the tropical forest - howler monkeys, a sloth, racoons and porcupines plus too many species of birds to name

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Noting a previous review and having had previous experience of the (lack of) service provides by US-based airlines we used Panama as the gateway to Central America. Options are KLM, Air France and Iberia. We used KLM who were very good. It makes the journey longer but is worth it. There are legal money changers on street corners in Leon and Granada. These give a much better exchange rate than banks or the Cambio at the airport.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

The impression we got is that the services used were all locally based/owned so the country benefited economically. The reforestation project at Penas Blanas that we visited is a fascinating initiative and well worth supporting.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Excellent hotels, good food and varied sightseeing ( wildlife, volcanoes and historic cities) The only thing missing is a bucket-list icon on the itinerary. Logistically the tour was excellent - transfers went smoothly and the guides were likeable and knowledgeable

Read the operator's response here:

Dear Stephen, Many thanks for taking the time to post a review of your recent Nicaragua vacation on the RT site. We're delighted to hear that you had such a good time. While often overshadowed by its more famous neighbour to the south, we're huge fans of Nicaragua for its wildlife, history and culture, and it was great to hear that you were able to enjoy these aspects too. It's definitely true, as you indicate, that you have a very immersive experience when visiting - it's arguably the most culturally authentic of all our destinations in Latin America. I'm pleased too that we were able to tailor your trip to include Penas Blancas, it's a beautiful part of the country with good work being done, as you say. Thank you again for choosing to travel with us and share your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you on another trip to Latin America with us soon. Best wishes, David

review 17 Dec 2005

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

The beauty of the country and the people. Some of the most warm and friendly people I have ever come across. Very safe in the areas we travelled and absolutely amazing art for very little money. Loved it!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

The only really extremely negative aspect of the trip was the experience with American Airlines, flying through Miami. Avoid this if humanly possible. People traveling to Nicaragua are either locals or family of locals bringing much desired American goods. Travelers pay for many large pieces of excess baggage. American does absolutely nothing to manage this and the result is many, many, many bags don't arrive with the flight. We were without our bags for one full week of our two week vacation and the "customer service" we received from American was dismal. We spent too many hours of our trip dealing with trying to recover our bags and failing that, shopping for things to hold us over. I am told that the other airline, Continental, deals with this in a much more efficient and friendly way with much fewer lost bags and quicker recovery. None of the three of us traveling together received our bags, were treated rudely, given incorrect information, and ignored. If you must fly AA, bring everything you need on board with you and don't expect to get your checked bags! Also, the Customs at Managua airport leaves much to be desired, closing on Sundays and Vacations for persons claiming baggage arriving after they have. The Ministry of Tourism should be given feedback that if Nicaragua is to become the next Costa Rica, Customs should increase their level of customer service. We BEGGED customs to let us get our bags on a day that they were closed for a vacation (six days after we arrived) because I had desperately needed medication in my bags. The begging fell on deaf ears, even though I, the customs agent and my bags were within 50 feet of one another. I spent serious money trying to get the medication I needed, and was not able to get the most critical things, as they simply were not available (insulin pump supplies).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

I do.

Read the operator's response here:

I would like to point out that the flights don't form a part of this package - the clients themselves chose to fly with American.

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
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