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" I am so happy that I found the Explore Central America site!  From my first communication with Ariana, I was put at ease and felt good about her service offerings.  Ariana has a informative website, rave reviews, was prompt and professional in responses, and altered my itinerary/made suggestions to really enhance the quality of my trip experience...


It is hard to pick one highlight of the trip, each day offered new opportunities and experiences… The beauty of Nicaragua speaks for itself.  My tour guide, Rodolfo Ortega, ensured I had an experience above and beyond the activities in the itinerary.  I would not have changed any of the activities and if anything, would have liked to spend another 2-3 touring days in the country..." Joyce, Washington DC. Personalised itinerary, August 09


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Extra  comments?
Ariana and Norman went above and beyond to make our trip to Nicaragua informative and fun. I gained a greater appreciation of the history and natural beauty of Nicaragua as well as enjoyed samples of local foods for a very reasonable price.

How did you hear about our company?(eg web search, friend’s recommendation)
We discovered the company while searching the internet


Nicaragua is an increasingly popular Central American destinations. What motivated you to have a Nicaragua holiday at this time? (as opposed to some other destination?)

We chose Nicaragua as it seemed to be relatively untouched by many tourists. We wanted to explore a country that felt different than home and see the “real country” . We weren’t interested in only seeing tourists the entire time we were there. My friends and I were also interested in doing a lot of hiking and the numerous outdoor opportunities that Nicaragua offered were enticing. Since we only had two weeks to travel we wanted to visit a country that we could travel through easily and see a great deal at a decent price. The flights to Nicaragua were also relatively cheap compared to other Central/South American destinations.


Please comment on the organisation and style of travel offered by Explore Central America.

Arianna did a wonderful job of communicating with us before we left for our trip. She responded promptly to any email questions we had and organized a trip that suited our groups interests perfectly. She met us at the airport and transported us personally to our first destination (Leon). The entire trip was well organized with ample organized time and free time. As this was the first time that any of us in the group had traveled to a Central American country and none of us spoke Spanish, we felt safe traveling with Ariana and Norman and were glad to have all our accommodations and sightseeing excursions booked for us in advance.

Heather - Canada - 12 march 2009


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Hola Ariana and Norman and thank you! We had such a great time in Nicaragua!
The service you provided was excellent. You guys seem to have so much local knowledge and our personal itinerary was organized quickly and easily. And even though we changed it numerous times before we finally booked, I always felt you were more than happy to accommodate us. All our guides were really friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. This was the trip of a lifetime not just because Explore Central America - Nicaragua looked after us from start to finish. You made organizing our trip so easy, took all the hassle out of our domestic travel, gave us great options on hotels and excursions, and you sent us fantastic guides. We had the most amazing trip and couldn't have done it without you!
Maria & Charles Wharncliffe
United Kingdom  (Grand Nicaragua – 14 days)


11 November 2008

Thank you for the arrangements. I had a wonderful time visiting the Matagalpa region. It was great!! I had a really good holiday in Nicaragua and I want to visit again in the future. Would you please say thanks to Catherine? She did lots for me when I was in Granada arranging tours. Thanks again.
N. Nishioka (Japan)


I flew back from Nicaragua last Thursday and must congratulate Explore Central America - Nicaraguafor the efficient, professional and friendly organization. The 6 days I spent around Granada and in the Pueblos Blancos were a remarkable and unforgettable experience, all thanks to the experience of your organization. Pick ups were on time, guides to the visits were excellent, and organization was flawless. I only wish I had more time to spend in your wonderful country. Again thanks to all of you for making it such a wonderful holiday.

Chloe Billbard (Canada)
Customised Granada accommodation and guides.


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Dear Ariana, My last minute decision to travel to Nicaragua alone was one of the best I have Lake ever made. A big thank you to you for planning my itinerary (over and over again) and making all the necessary arrangements. Your professionalism, efficiency and warmth were very much appreciated – from the very first time I emailed you needing an itinerary quickly, you were great.  Nicaragua is a dream come true. I enjoyed the beaches of San Juan del Sur, trekking near Matagalpa and Granada is such a lovely city too.
May Ling, Hong Kong


I want to thank you for your help making arrangements for our trip to Nicaragua. Everything was handled precisely and professionally and could not have been happier. All of our friends have been hearing what a wonderful and safe country Nicaragua is to visit. We will recommend you to anyone who might be thinking about a trip to Nicaragua. We feel that we saw the very best of this country on our very limited holiday time.
Henry Stevens, Colorado, USA


Hello Ariana, I would like to thank you for arranging an excellent 3 week holiday for myself and and my family, to all of Nicaragua. After much e-mailing back and forth, with changes in dates and itineraries due to our schedules and requirements, the vacation was all that we could have hoped for and more. The guides were all very professional and seemed to be genuinely keen to share their knowledge and love of their history and culture. The accommodation was first class, and the recommended restaurants very good and a bargain by our standards!

Rod Quinn
Edmonton, Canada


It is a pleasure for me to thank you very much for the excellent and professional organization of our tour “Lake Nica & Granada” with the Corn Islands extension. I am very satisfied with the job you did. You can be sure that I will recommend your travel agency and that I am looking forward to booking another tour – when you expand to nearby countries!  The Corn Islands were like paradise.
R.Hermann (Germany)
10 December 2008




We are based in Granada, Nicaragua. For further information please email reservas@explore-central-america.com we are best contacted by email. we will respond within 48 hours of your enquiry, if not sooner. OR phone (505) 8447 8814 (spanish) or (505) 8982 8099 (english))

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