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Please note: This tour has now been amended to 8 days. Please visit their website to view the updated tour.
NicaTour Group is a travel company that offers lifestyle tours to Nicaragua. Many of their tours are geared towards the senior traveler and the tour they are offering in January is no exception. They also offer a retirement tour and I understand their next retirement tour is going to be available in early May. Currently, they are offering a 6 day fully escorted Highlights of Nicaragua tour running from January 20 – 25th, 2013 which is suitable for senior travelers. They keep their tours small and personal and like to keep it that way so they can take care of their cliets. If you haven’t thought of visiting Nicaragua yet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you do.
Their tour of Nicaragua begins in Managua and will introduce guests to the best parts of Nicaragua. Nicaragua’s tourism has opened up and seems to be overtaking Costa Rica and Panama as viable tourist destinations. The young and older are visiting Nicaragua, whether they’re backpacking or surfing at some of the country’s best beaches or hiking all over Central America. Seems that the young surfer crowd “found” Nicaragua first and now the older generation is following them and discovering this great little country.
Nicaragua is an undiscovered “gem” of colonial cities (Leon and Granada), historical buildings, amazing beaches, nice boutique-type hotels, nature, volcanoes and tropical vegetation. Bird-watching, hiking, surfing, swimming and just some of the activities welcoming the senior traveler in Nicaragua. The climate is tropical and there’s a rainy season between May 15 and mid-November. More and more mature travelers are heading to Nicaragua and some of them love it so much they end up retiring and living in the country as expats. It’s one of the cheaper destinations in Central America and it is also rated the safest country in Central America. It’s even safer than Mexico.
Everyone will meet in Managua at the Hotel Seminole Plaza where the tour officially begins and from there head to Leon (a colonial city) and stay a couple of days and enjoy a historical tour of this famous city – now famous because of the large cathedral there that’s been nominated and certified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a couple of days in Leon, the tour heads to the beaches of Montecristo and then on to Nicaragua’s other well known colonial city of Granada. Granada itself has a large expat population of retirees, so it must be special if everyone seems to be moving down there.
In Granada, there’ll be a tour by horse carriage and other tours to a lake called Laguna de Apoyo which is a magnificent crater lake in Catarina. Other tours include a visit to an active volcano in Masaya and the Masaya Market for an opportunity to shop for souvenirs and local artisan creations.
The last two days of the tour are spent in San Juan del Sur, a quaint little seaside village also home to many North American and European ex-pats. The last two days are very relaxing, a stroll along the main street and along the lovely beach and enjoying lunch on the beach at one of the best restaurants of San Juan del Sur. On the final day before returning to Managua, there’ll be a tour up the mountain to see the huge statue of ‘Jesus de la Misericoridia’ which overlooks the bay – something like the statue in Rio de Janeiro. From here, the views are incredible of the jagged coastline and the bay of San Juan del Sur.
This 6 day fully-escorted tour of Nicaragua begins January 20 – 25, 2013, and sells for $875 US per person based on double occupancy. (There’s a single supplement of $125 but they’ll try and match you up with a travel companion if you wish) All breakfasts, all hotels, transportation in air conditioned tourist buses, all tours and some dinners are included. Check out the NicaTour Group website at www.nicatourgroup.com where you can book online. View their full itinerary here.