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Beneath The Volcanoes NI
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What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour
The highlight & reason I chose this trip was standing on Masaya volcano. It’s amazing to look down a crater (even though it only lasted a few secs as when the wind blew our way, we spent the next few mins coughing & rubbing our eyes). I very much enjoyed traveling along the locals from El Rama to Bluefields. The best place we were staying at was in Bartola. I fell in love with their food, cat & really liked the forest walks (can still see that tarantula coming out of its hole). A last highlight was the flight from Big Corn Island to Managua. The plane that was supposed to take us to Managua hit a bird when landing on Big Corn Island. So, we had to take another (12-seat) plane back to Managua. The views were fantastic, looking down on most of the places we had visited on our 2-week journey!
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How Was Your Explore Tour Leader
Our tour leader David is a very optimistic, happy, chatty and most of all knowledgeable guy. I always felt in safe hands and he did his outmost to make me feel at home. He always made sure that all of us (even though we were only a group of 7) could do the optional activities they wanted to do and went out of his way to spend time with us, taking us to great restaurants when he could have enjoyed his free time.
What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour
Nicaragua is a very safe and clean place. However, it remains a poor country. There are hardly any beggars or street vendors compared to other countries and I was surprised that after one "no", they went away. However, do not expect hot water in all hotels, get ready to get dirty on the forest walks (you'll be happy for the rubber boots which are provided) and wet on the boats. Bring a good cushion for the boat trip on lake Nicaragua (very bumpy) and if you tend to be sick on boats, it would be wise to bring tablets or not book this trip at all (involves a lot of traveling by boat).
Do You Have Anything Else To Add
The holiday was excellent, very well organised and it fulfilled all my criteria in terms of what we saw (tour notes) etc. The only reason why I would give it an overall rating of "good" is, that I expected Nicaragua to be a tick "wilder" and "unexplored". We saw many individual tourists on our tour and I felt it is a country one can also go to in a group of friends without a local guide. But one should definitely go there and see it. I would also recommend Explore. The organisation from the booking till the end of the tour was great.
What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?
Horse drawn taxis in Grenada were a joy to see, best of all was Bartola
How was your Explore Tour Leader?
Jose was a really good tour leader. we liked him a lot
What tips would you give to someone else booking this tour?
Relax and enjoy this beautiful country and it's friendly people......I enjoyed every minutue
Do you have anything else to add?
The accommodation on Corn Island was very poor, it was run down and we had hundreds of large ants coming out of the wall in the bathroom all over the sink, most unpleasant and at pillow end of the bed........The window were boarded and too difficult to open. It was nice once but not now.
Our Operations Manager has been made aware of your comments regarding the accommodation on Corn Island. Our local agent will be investigating this while we monitor further feedback. We will be able to then identify if the problems you experienced were isolated or whether there has been a drop in standards at this hotel. We appreciate you letting us know so we are able look into this issue.