Nicaragua tour, the Heart of Nicaragua
Description of Nicaragua tour, the Heart of Nicaragua
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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe ask all tour participants to bring their own reusable water bottles in order to reduce our in-country waste – plastic waste is an enormous problem in Nicaragua. We have a zero litter policy.
Some of the hotels we use, use solar power or make an effort to conserve water by minimizing housekeeping services and recycling grey water. Some hotels have utilized locally sourced materials for construction, grow their own food, or participate in reforestation of the area.
We include visits to national parks. There are more than 70 nature reserves, parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Nicaragua is recognizing the importance of their national parks (not only in terms of tourism but also as a natural resource that needs protection) as are the many young university students who are studying ecology and other natural sciences in order to work as guides to help inform visitors about and protect their homeland.
In addition, our office recycles anything that can be recycled in our city. We minimize printed material making the most of communication through the Internet. All light fixtures use CFL bulbs. We live within walking distance of our office.
PeopleWhen we're in Nicaragua, we do as the locals do. We take a bus. We take a taxi. We walk. We ride horses. We shop in the local markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. We sleep in clean, locally-owned accommodations.
We go to many locally-owned restaurants. We hire local guides to offer the Nicaraguan perspective, sharing knowledge of their hometown and the environment that surrounds it.
By introducing our guests to local artisans, business owners and coffee producers, we open a door to understanding life in Nicaragua. Purchases, as well as word of mouth, go a long way towards improving the quality of life for these passionate, hard-working Nicaraguans. We will be contributing, annually, a percentage of our profits to community-based, locally-run organizations working towards a better future for all Nicaraguans. This annual commitment will allow us to develop long-term relationships in Nicaragua and engage our travelers on a personal level by visiting these works in progress, in person.
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