Josh Whicker, Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA
I couldn’t have asked for more with my recent Best of Nicaragua tour. The schedule was perfect because we had plenty of time to catch all of the places listed in the itinerary but also had the flexibility to go off the beaten path and try traditional foods and meet hard-working Nicaraguans to see how they live and make ends meet. The optional tour of Ometepe Island was superb and during my free days in León and Granada I saw the best of what those cities had to offer.
In the past I have toured countries in large groups but after spending the week with your guide and driver I doubt I ever will again. This trip was much more personal and fun than tours I have been on before—I felt like I was on a road trip with two friends instead of being a typical tourist. When I told our guide Gerald I was interested in trying certain Nicaraguan dishes I had read about, he knew the best places to do this and seamlessly fit these extras into my itinerary. When he realized I was willing to try anything and wanted to experience the culture as much as possible, he had great suggestions of other stuff I had not thought about or even heard of (mondongo and casuca) that were fun to try. We also went behind the scenes in kitchens to see the work that goes into their preparation.
Another great part of the trip that was not on the itinerary but your guide and driver made happen is our visit to a public school outside Granada. I am a teacher and wanted to see what a school in Nicaragua was like so they found one and we stopped. I was even able to address an elementary class while our guide translated. We got some great pictures of the school that I can’t wait to share with my own students.
Thank you to Tours Nicaragua for providing me with memories that will last a lifetime. I hope to come back to Nicaragua soon with my wife to show her what all the country has to offer.