Nicaragua Tourism Sets Records in 2012

The Nicaragua Tourism Board reports that tourism is one of the country’s fastest-growing economic sectors.

Tourist arrivals have increased in the past few years to become Nicaragua’s largest industry. From January through September 2012, tourism to Nicaragua increased 11 percent, leading to an 11.45 percent increase in foreign investment.

The increase in tourism is in part due to easier access to Nicaragua and to its more remote regions. Travelers have enjoyed the improved roads and more plentiful and accessible flights. Cruise lines are also stopping in Nicaragua’s ports and will be increasing in number come 2014 when the port of San Juan del Sur finishes its renovations. The colonial city of Granada, one of the most well-preserved colonial cities in the Americas, was the most popular Nicaraguan tourist site for 2012. The town accounted for 41.12 percent of the tourists visiting the country’s top five tourist destinations.

Adventure-driven packages in Nicaragua include:

Austin-Lehman Adventures “Nicaragua Adventure Travel” 8-day package: For the active traveler

    Climb Cerro Negro volcano and ashboard down its black volcanic sand
    Tour the cathedral, galleries and museums of Leon
    Hike Masaya Volcano National Park
    Kayak and zip line
    San Juan del Sur and beaches

Mega Yacht SeaDreamSeaDream Active Mombacho Volcano & Granada” excursion: Volcano eco-adventure and culture

    Visits to Mombacho Natural Reserve
    Hike around the volcano crater
    Colonial city of Granada
    Awe-inspiring views of some of Nicaragua’s most beautiful landmarks

Mega Yacht SeaDream “Masaya Volcano, Catarina View Point & Granada” excursion: Volcano eco-adventure and culture

    Hike through Masaya Volcano National Park
    Visit to the Apoyo Lagoon and shop for local handicrafts
    Colonial city of Granada
    Awe-inspiring views at the Catarina Overlook

Pleasant Holidays “Treasures of Costa Rica and Nicaragua” 8-day package: Culture, nature and beaches

    Colonial city of Granada
    Visit to the Isletas de Granada
    Hike Masaya Volcano National Park
    Transfer to Costa Rica for visit to beaches