National Geographic Magazine
A new book on world travel called the Four Seasons published by National Geographic that dedicated part of their spring section to Nicaragua. With the help of our general manager Richard Leonardi they focused on León’s Easter Good Friday traditions. The National Geographic writer, based in Berlin, utilized lengthy interviews with Richard to compile information on the traditions of León. The story also notes that our company offers Nicaraguan culture tours. We were the first company in Nicaragua to highlight its festivals and cultural traditions and offer a tour packages in which the street frescoes featured by National Geographic in this book are examined first hand. Our clients have the opportunity to learn from León’s most accomplished street artist how to “paint” with colored sawdust. In essence our clients join the tradition and make their own street fresco with the guidance of a local expert.
The New York Times
This was the first complete travel feature The Times ran on Nicaragua, having done other shorter stories on destinations like Granada. The writer Gregory Dicum, a fine journalist and author of a definitive book on the history of coffee, went on a complete Nicaraguan trip planned and run by Tours Nicaragua. The Nicaragua story idea was inspired by the great experience the author’s parents and sister had when they took a trip with Tours Nicaragua a couple of years prior.
The Guardian | The Observer
This excellent story was written by Irish documentary film maker Sandra Jordan, who was then the deputy foreigner editor of the highly respected newspaper The Observer in London. She traveled with Tours Nicaragua around Nicaragua and offered her mix of historical and current views on the state of Nicaragua. Sandra also made clever use of Mark Twain’s Travels with Mr. Brown, a one off printing in 1940 of Twain’s reflections of his journeys, including travel across Nicaragua from San Juan del Sur to San Juan del Norte via Lake Nicaragua and the San Juan River.
The Washington Post
The Post’s travel question and answer section was aided by Tours Nicaragua as well as general manager Richard Leonardi’s expertise and willingness to help the media learn more about what Nicaragua has to offer. This story is based on Richard’s perception of what makes Nicaragua so attractive (he highlights its authenticity using Costa Rica as an example of a country that has been a bit overrun). The Washington Post story on Nicaragua also quotes our recommendations on Granada, León and San Juan del Sur hotels and the Morgan’s Rock beach options.
San Francisco Chronicle
Also ran an “ask the expert” on Nicaragua travel and utilized our general manager Richard Leonardi as the expert. He provided his advice on travel in Nicaragua and what makes it so attractive. The story highlights Nicaragua hotels as well as the cities of León and Granada along with two Pacific Coast options for winding down on the beach at the end of a visit.
The USA Today
Andrew Copestake gives a list of things to do in Nicaragua and becomes the first travel writer to highlight our Nicaragua travel packages that focus specifically on culture and history. Andrew cites both our Revolutionary Nicaragua tour and our Lost Civilizations trip, the former examining how Nicaragua got famous, the later highlights what Nicaragua was like before the Spanish arrived.
The New York Times
This is a funny, rambling reflection on Nicaragua past and present, with Granada as its platform and pivot point. The writer was apparently one of the Americans who came to Nicaragua in the troubled years of the 1980’s and has come back to find a new country from which he left. Tours Nicaragua is recommended by this New York Times writer and our manager Richard Leonardi was even generous enough to name another Nicaragua tour operator for the writer to include in his story. After all, only recommending Tours Nicaragua does not portray journalistic balance, so we obliged.
Just about all the major guidebooks have come to Tours Nicaragua looking for vital information and angles for stories on Nicaragua. Our old website had a Travel Information Nicaragua link displayed on the header which often led to our being contacted by travel guide book writers. This writer travels the well-trodden path of Nicaragua’s bad boy image vs. current reality and interviewed our general manager Richard Leonardi for his story.
The Boston Globe
Boston’s best newspaper featured some Tours Nicaragua clients and their experiences traveling with us in Nicaragua. Our visitors had the advantage of a private guide and driver (as all our clients do) and explored Nicaragua with intelligence and with comfort. The Boston Globe notes that the travelers encountered us via our website, as most of our visitors do. The story shows that using a Nicaraguan tour operator is a wise move, not only for taking advantage of our in-country expertise, but also as a way to see that your travel investment goes to help local economies.
Women’s Adventure Magazine
Their mention that the first ecotourism company in the history of Nicaragua – Tours Nicaragua – is the “greenest” and that we offer the widest range of Nicaragua travel packages was very gratifying. The article follows a common theme of comparing Nicaragua’s past with its present status, as one of the safest countries to travel in Latin America.
The Washington Post
This story focuses on Selva Negra Mountain Resort, with; yes you guessed it, the contrast between the war years and peaceful Nicaragua today, duly noting that the time to visit is now since it is still authentic. Fortunately that has not changed – Nicaragua remains authentic, despite many a writer’s fear that it would become a sellout, lose its charm. This writer got advice for Nicaragua travel from our office and even used a photograph from our general manager Richard Leonardi to illustrate the story.
The Seattle Times
This story written by the newspaper’s staff writer was drawn from her participation in a Tours Nicaragua small group multi-sport adventure travel package. A number of our guides took care of her during the tour. Since she focuses on the Cerro Negro volcano part of the trip she highlights our León area and our skilled mountain guide. Cerro Negro has since become a famous feature for travel writers from around the world and we include it in several of our adventure tours, like Volcano Obsession, which includes the climb of 5 active volcanoes in one week.
More volcano surfing from the Miami Herald in this syndicated version of the story written by Seattle Times staff writer. She had taken a custom made Nicaragua travel package with us of various sites in Nicaragua. From Cerro Negro volcano to Granada to Mombacho Volcano, then over Lake Cocibolca to Ometepe island. She finished in the beautiful half moon bay named San Juan del Sur hotel called Pelican Eyes.
International Travel News
This travel magazine is sort of an old-school TripAdvisor with travelers sharing their experience with other travelers via a print magazine. Written by a single traveler it shows how pleased travelers are who come to Nicaragua and the quality of our planning, guides and services. This Tours Nicaragua client climbed volcanoes and did culture and nature touring in a tailor-made itinerary designed by our general manager Richard Leonardi. The story reads like a complete review of one of our custom itinerary trips.