International Expeditions' Nicaragua Tour Named One of World's Best Guided Trips for 2013 by National Geographic Traveler

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International Expeditions' Nicaragua tour was honored by National Geographic Traveler for showcasing the country's pristine and uncrowded natural reserves, perfect for inquisitive travelers.

Explore Granada on International Expeditions' new Nicaragua tour.

Explore Granada on International Expeditions' new Nicaragua tour.

Nicaragua is really a pristine version of Costa Rica before the crowds and five-star resorts moved in.

International Expeditions’ Nicaragua adventure combining premier wildlife reserves, colonial architecture and culture has been named to National Geographic Traveler’s list of best guided tours for 2013. While once heralded as an exceptional destination for only the most intrepid travelers, Nicaragua is quickly gaining a reputation for offering some of Latin America’s most pristine and uncrowded natural attractions.

“Nicaragua is really a pristine version of Costa Rica before the crowds and five-star resorts moved in,” said Bill Robison, IE Director of Program Development. “We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the program because our travelers want to explore this former ‘backpacker-only’ destination before it becomes mainstream.”

Guests on International Expeditions’ small-group itinerary enjoy Nicaragua’s best nature travel areas — Juan Venado Island Reserve, Selva Negra Private Reserve, Montibelli Private Reserve, Chocoyero Reserve, Masaya Reserve and Lake Nicaragua. On naturalist-guided hikes and boating excursions, guests search for vibrant birdlife, including quetzals, toucans and “Chocoyo Coludo” — or green parakeets.

Seasoned naturalist guides are a hallmark of International Expeditions’ tours, and Nicaragua guests will travel with some of this country’s best. Juan Carlos Mendoza is Nicaragua’s first licensed naturalist guide, and Edgar Castañeda worked on teams that created the first marine park on the Pacific coast and made the first map of Nicaragua’s Pacific coral reefs. Both men are part of the organization cataloging newly spotted species for the country’s first bird book. Birding enthusiasts even have an opportunity to help spot and catalog new species for this new bird book.

This Nicaragua tour also exposes guests to the charming colonial cities of León and Granada. Travelers enjoy both locally guided walking tours and time at leisure to take in the architecture, art and history of these atmospheric cities.

Multiple departures are being offered year-round for 2013 and 2014 with prices starting at $3,398. International Expeditions is also offering a variety of custom travel options, allowing travelers the luxury of a private guide or to simply extend their stay in additional regions of Nicaragua.

For information or a brochure, contact International Expeditions at 1-800-633-4734 or

About International Expeditions

Celebrating 33 years of engaging nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. This mission is reflected in the conservation, education and community-service projects IE supports worldwide. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters seven times and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

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