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Careli Tours Nicaragua

Managua, Nicaragua
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About Careli Tours Nicaragua
Careli Tours has long played active part in the ongoing development of nature, adventure and cultural tourism. Since 1992, we have applied our dedication, expertise and teamwork to design and deliver services to many different styles of travel.. Careli Tours invite you to discover a welcoming, safe and unspoiled country, spectacular crater lakes and a chain of 13 volcanoes; highland cloud forests and lowland rainforests full of exotic birds, monkeys and sloths; well preserved towns rich in colonial heritage, museums full of artifacts documenting a more ancient history; country markets packed with imaginative crafts; sun-swept beaches fringing both Pacific and Caribbean coasts. We are committed to the conservation of Nicaragua’s vital ecosystems and wildlife, as well as cultural preservation and community development. And as a clear sign of our commitment, we are honored to say we are certified by Rainforest Alliance.
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743alastair wrote a review Mar 2020
London, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
Careli Tours were the local agent for our recent holiday to Nicaragua, which we had to cut short due to the coronavirus crisis. They did a very good job in helping handle this situation, being highly responsive and keeping us well informed about options and dealing with several changes of plan as we worked out how to leave Nicaragua and get back to the UK. Well done to Jessica in particular. Up to that point we had enjoyed a very enjoyable holiday in Leon and Granada with Juan-Carlos as our guide and Fernando as our driver, both of whom did a great job. We would use this firm again if were to go back to Nicaragua.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Chris W wrote a review Feb 2020
Penarth, United Kingdom306 contributions81 helpful votes
We used Careli Tours as part of a 15 day holiday which included 3 days in Nicaragua. Our guide, Peter was there to meet us at the border with Costa Rica and guided us through the chaotic customs procedures there. Hi Driver Thomas was a great guy who was very obliging, nothing was too much trouble. Peter's knowledge was incredible, there was nothing we asked him that he couldn't answer. Constantly throughout the 3 days he was with us he was telling us all about the areas we were visiting and letting us know about the local history etc. We were picked up every day on time, in most cases early so there was no stressing about losing time on our days out. When we arrived at the various hotels we were staying at, Peter would make sure the rooms were up to scratch and would not leave until he was satisfied that we were happy with our accommodation. On our return to Costa Rica Peter again took us through the nightmare that is the border and made sure our guide was there to meet us on the other side. All in all, a great experience with Careli Tours and I would recommend them to anyone.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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PateLisbon wrote a review Aug 2019
Lisbon, Portugal625 contributions128 helpful votes
We are just returning from an extraordinary 15 days family trip around Nicaragua! We started to plan this trip to Nicaragua, with many fears and indecisions. Our family and friends don’t recommended at all this trip because of the last political incidents in Nicaragua a few years ago. But after lots of researching and be assured by Maria Jose Careli Tours of the peaceful period right now on Nicaragua (the American and British travel alerts were canceled), we decided to join for another adventure. Having a couple of offers by local travel agencies, we chose Careli Tours, the most reliable and competitive one. Maria Jose was our office travel agent, and after many revised itineraries and quote adjustments (she had a tough time with me :)), she really convinced us with a well organize plan with lots of adventure tours and dreamy hotels. We book a whole private tour for 2 weeks around Nicaragua, with hotels, meals and Driver and Guide included. Most of the tours was made by car, the distances between cities were around 2h or 3h maximum and it was very comfortable and suitable for us. So, Careli Tours took good care of us while we were where in Nicaragua, always on contacting with us from the front office, guaranteeing that’s everything was going well and getting in action if it’s necessary. They took care of everything … they booked the hotels, the tours, the ferries and domestic plane tickets were all taking care by them. And all of it was well organized. So all the time, we felt so safe and so secure with her watching over us. About Nicaragua – a box full of surprises! Nicaragua was super safe and with nice people, so everything we heard abroad about this country was not true (unsafe and dangerous country). Nicaragua is now a safe country, without drugs, robberies and crime, people were so friendly, calm and peaceful. For me the tranquility of those people was their true identity. So, our idea of Nicaragua was just the opposite and our expectations were exceeded! We had the perfect team to guide us around in Nicaragua, our Guide Juan Carlos was the best (in fact I’ve heard that he was the 1st guide in the country to have a tourism license) and Jaime a great and funny driver. They were always taking care of us; very friendly and Juan Carlos was so knowledge about everything, but special about nature. Juan Carlos always knew the best restaurants and best spots for the views, took great pictures of us and also got the attention of my teen girls that were delighted with his great stories, which he shared with us. They were topnotch! We started our tour directly from Managua airport to Léon, on the Northwest – the intellectual center of Nicaragua and the land of Poets. The authenticity of this beautiful colonial city, not yet renovated as Granada, its buildings just needed a renovation investment, was incredible. Léon was safe and secure, at night we walked by ourselves from our hotel (El Convento) to the city centre to have dinner and nobody disturbed us. We spent 2 nights at Léon, where we had a great tour on Flor de Caña – one of best rums in the world; visited the Unesco Cathedral (don’t forget to climb up) and enjoying a thrilling adventure tour climbing up the Cerro Negro, where we were volcano boarding down on high speed (too cool). Then, we went down to the Lake Nicaragua, to get some rest and enjoy the pure nature. We stayed on the exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges in the World – at Jicaro Island Lodge, a Casita on the lake, a beautiful place to rebalance your energies. We were spoiled by the staff of Jicaro and enjoyed 2 days of disconnecting, taking my 1st Yoga lesson; eating healthy (all meals was carefully prepared with local products); ridding kayak on the lake (stunning settings) and having relaxing massage. After a pure relaxing pause at Jicaro, we set off to Granada – the beautiful colonial city of Nicaragua. We stayed 2 nights at Plaza Colon hotel with a great view to the Cathedral. We had a great fun at Chocolate House tour (highly recommended), we’ve done zip lining at Mombacho Volcano (very cool) and we were so closed to the Masaya Volcano active crater (scared and hot). We were also delighted to walk through the colorful and streets of Granada. The historical museum is also a place to visit. Granada is a mix of influences, colonial and Arabic 1 or 2 floor buildings, with baroque windows and painted houses. The Calle Calzada, it’s a most! A pedestrian and vibrant street, with lots of cafes, restaurants and shops. Just recommend to grab a cold local beer Toña and enjoy the sense of life in Granada. We loved this city. Getting on the Latino spirit, after Granada we took a small plane to Corn Islands on the Caribe and went to Little Corn Island, so little as its name, there’s no cars or motorbikes on the island, reached by boat. We were glad when we arrived at Yemaya Resort after a long and tough journey between mainland and islands. Finally we have reached paradise. The villas besides the turquoise sea with a pool were awesome. Every morning we went dive with Derek’s Place Dive Shack and they picked us up by boat just on the beach. Diving was very good, nearby and with lots of nurse sharks, rays, schools of fish and hard coral. We were in a full board package and the meals were good. We went to the village by bike rent on the hotel and we did appreciate of choosing Yemaya, because the beach on our side (east side) was much better. I’ve also tried on a Yemaya massage, which was awesome. One night we had a local dance entertainment which was nice (the hotel could do more nightly events). We had a great time at Yemaya and Little Corn Island. And to end our amazing tour around Nicaragua, we went to visit the pacific side on the south (near the border with Costa Rica) and selected the one and only Morgan’s Rock, where we immersed on a 4.000acres of nature of wildlife, beautiful surrounding landscape. Almost 3h driving from Managua Airport, we spend our last 3 nights enjoying lots of activities without leaving the property. Every day we have done a different activity: we had a hike and drive to see the monkeys, birds and sloths (we were awarded by a sloth on the first night on our way to the villas); we used the boogie boards on the pacific waves; we enjoyed a great horse riding by the beach on the sunset and we’ve done our own breakfast on the farm (it was awesome). The 2 bedroom villas with a pool was something extraordinary, but be prepare to do exercise all the time you needed to go to the room. I can’t forget to mention the delicious meals we had at Morgan’s, with farm products and fish catch f the day. After 2 intense and diverse weeks, we didn’t want to leave Nicaragua….it was a memorable journey. We are used to travel a lot with our family, but we were so well impressed with the professionalism of Careli Tours, that we truly recommend them to all who wants to visit Nicaragua. We intend to visit Panama and Costa Rica in a couple of years ahead and we’ll definitely choose Careli Tours to plan it again with us. Thank you very much for the fantastic family trip and see you on our next visit!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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FarFlungStarling wrote a review Jul 2019
Qualicum Beach, Canada985 contributions263 helpful votes
Off a cruise boat we boarded a very clean, air conditioned bus and headed out for our tour of Granada, Lake Nicaragua and Las Isletas. Our guide, Elvis waited til we were en route, then greeted us in Spanish. After moments of shocked silence and attempts to use Universal Translator he broke up laughing and addressed us in perfect English. We'd been had! That was the beginning of probably the most entertaining and educational excursion we have ever had. Elvis is a teacher of history, geography, and archaeology, a singer, a musician, a very knowledgeable guide but most of all an entertainer. He covered the history of the country and of the city of Granada in an interesting and relatable way. The city tour (museum, town square, dance demonstration and lunch) the boat ride through the islands, the scenery and volcano all make for a very enjoyable day. If you are lucky enough to get Elvis- sit back and enjoy the show!
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Bernadette1221 wrote a review Mar 2019
Macomb, Michigan97 contributions40 helpful votes
Booked this excursion through Princess to go to Granada, Parque Central and shopping. Once on board the bus the guides microphone did not work since we were in the back could not hear anything. A passenger asked about a restroom stop and we stopped at a local gas station with one restroom for men and women. Of course everyone piled out of the bus to use the restroom which we did not. As we reboarded the bus we were told since the restroom break was so long the tour would be shortened, we were penalized for others. When we reached Granada went to the Museum and Convent where we were told we only had 15 minutes . The guide disappeared. When the group finally found him we were once again told 15 minutes. I asked him if he was going to explain the different areas as other guides were explaining and he told me they were college students. I said "No they are on the same tour with different guides", he just walked away. Asked if there was a restroom there and he said no, guess what there was. We then went to the Parque Central where he said we had 30 minutes, left us again. Since we did not have a map or know anything about the buildings we went back to the bus for the 2 hour back to the ship. This was not what we paid for, many many others were so disgusted with this tour company. On the way, when we stopped by the beach to see the volcano as we got off the bus were told we had a maximum of 10 minutes because the residents do not like tours there. Amazing they were selling souvenirs and there were restaurants. It seems we were given the short straw for tour and guide.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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