Nicaragua tour, the Heart of Nicaragua

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Small group holidays
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, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

Nicaragua tour, the Heart of Nicaragua

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

We 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.

Community

When 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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