Adventures and Explorations in Nicaragua
- Friendly and authentic encounters: people stay at home, small and comfortable hotel structures in harmony with people and nature, sharing daily and cultural activities.
- Nature: visited and crossed the largest possible number of ecosystems and some days we focus on the monitoring of rare species and the amazing biodiversity in this region of the planet.
- A principle: experiment. This test makes it one himself participates. Anyway, there are frequent practices.
- The most diversified Transport: Boat, mini-bus, airplane sightseeing, boating, canoeing, oxcart, sailing or rowing, hiking on foot or horseback for those who want.
- Trekking: peaceful walk with nature watching and walking the path.
- An accompaniment throughout the trip: to let them take the country in the best way, a guide, translator, specialist of the site and certain issues, leads the group.
- A limited group size: 4 to 9 in general.
A commitment to local development
- Owner 100% of the cost of the trip will be spent, saved and re-invested in the country.
- Your guests are our partners as partners. Together, we develop projects, set goals, and prepare his coming.
- Support to micro finance projects welcome home inhabitants. To receive them, small investments are needed periodically.
- Love and respect for the environment are the order of the day throughout the trip.
Commitment to Responsible Tourism to Animals
- Recognize the principle established by the Europe 1997 Amsterdam Treaty of the European Union recognizes animals as sentient beings and suffer.
- As to the Tourism Operators Responsible Animal We will endeavor to prevent the mistreatment and abuse of animals in any activity that we propose.
DETOUR participates nationally in the promotion and construction of an image of sustainability for the destination country Nicaragua.
Since we began operations in the city of Granada in 2001, our Tour Operator DETOUR, Viajes y Cultura, has felt the need to have a positive and expansive impact on the towns of Nicaragua, using as a basis the development of tourism.
Why our packages are designed in a way that engages the tourist community, and learn to live together artisans, painters, pioneers, fishermen, artists, etc. Likewise try to involve as much as possible to local often are the hosts who welcome us with open arms and allow us a glimpse into their daily lives. Let’s also the most impressive natural destinations, exploring, traveling and knowing its unmatched wealth and preventing our passage through these sites damaged at all the different ecosystems.
Following our commitments to sustainability in 2010, DETOUR, Viajes y Cultura was verified by the Rainforest Alliance; which works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods.
Since then we have legally committed to Rainforest Alliance to meet several respects. To provide greater sustainability and best practices of tourism.
Also with other Tour Operators we are part of the “Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability” TOPS, joint venture to conserve threatened destinations and provide sustainable livelihoods for local communities in which they work, and simultaneously improve performance.
* Making a Difference: Each month, the editors of sustainabletrip.org carefully select a tour company that is making outstanding efforts to conserve natural resources and improve livelihoods in local communities. Mention awarded to DETOUR in May 2013.
Ethics Code Sustainable
– Respect for the environment: In cualguier natural area and protected areas in particular, have high ethical principle as silence, watching and listening to nature. In natural areas (protected or not) must fight all noise, artificial scents, strong artificial light, flash in the eyes of animals or other manifestation of excessive human presence. Before swimming in natural bodies of water, avoid covered with suntan lotion, creams, etc. In any environment, avoid if possible, motorized means and promote green means (bike riding, kayaking, etc.).
– We fight unnecessary consumption of water and energy during your stay, we promote good practices in support recycling in hotels:
- We ask users to monitor their own consumption and to prevent waste, as well as use the tanks for trash and recyclables selection.
- We asked the hotel owners to establish good practice and sustainability are assessed and verified as sustainable by an independent body such as the Rainforest Alliance.
- Our guides observe and evaluate the impact of these tips and reward the hotels with more groups.
- Designate a person in the team responsible for supporting sustainability in hotels and carriers.
– Limit the environmental impact of transport:
- We try to avoid displacement in developing itineraries.
- Slowly but surely, and prefer public transport alternatives; Oars, Sails, etc.
- We control certificates gas emissions in local private transport.
- We avoid boats with 2-stroke engines and pressed strongly for passing boaters to use 4-stroke engines.
– Social Attitude and Culturally responsible: DETOUR, is to make tourists aware of how their presence can become sustainable through their behavior:
- Improving self-esteem and identity with the local cultural appreciation for cultural events and identity.
- Respect, reserve and discretion when taking pictures (by request)
- No make any gifts directly to children meeting or replaced their parents or Santa Claus … not give medications if not the local medical staff.
- Financial support, sponsorship, free time, volunteering, strengthening local most effective and direct channels of charity and the authority of parents and educators.
– No Smoking: No Smoking in enclosed spaces (including office, hotel and meeting rooms, transportation, etc.) or in protected areas.
– The use of illegal drugs is not permitted. Avoid alcoholic beverages: The guide has the authority to restrict or limit customers use of alcohol and other legal drugs when consumption can annoy other group members or others present.
– Against Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: We are against the sexual exploitation of minors. The handler must report to law enforcement and DETOUR, any intent or illegal act in this regard.
– Do not allow traffic of archaeological pieces and wildlife (animals and plants): The guide has an obligation to inform and convince tourists and visitors who voluntarily report these legal principles are unaware and / or ethical.
– Respect and Solidarity: Respect and solidarity to the people without distinction of sex, ethnicity, sexual preference, political or religious.
Staff DETOUR (free-lance guides primarily) should promote tolerant attitudes among visitors themselves and among local populations and visitors.
No disrespect is allowed (or between the same customers), or forms of unjust segregation or repudiation.
– Punctuality: Punctuality, time performance, while traveling, within groups of visitors. Do not wait for others.
– Humanist Spirit and solidarity during travel within the group.
Mission, Vision and Values
Detour Viajes y Cultura, is a receptive Tour Operator-Central has been proposed since its inception satisfaction international visitor seeking sustainable tourism services. It is motor of local development which, while leveraging and protecting environmental and cultural heritage for the greater benefit of the communities in the long term, “advising and opening new local initiatives to the international market” (regional and national on appeal) and “promoting Adventure Tourism and Rural Community Tourism on 6 sustainable ways”.
1. Cultural Adventure and Hiking
3. Trekking (with pack Mules)
4. Bicycle and MB (Mountain Bike)
5. Horseback Expeditions
6. Kayak Explorations(Tropical Rivers)
DETOUR, Viajes y Cultura, in 2021 is a sustainable tour operator market leader in French-speaking English and Spanish, and unique in their special offers sustainable rural tourism and adventure, spearheading the development of the visits in several communities dedicated to rural and community tourism in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Nicaragua is participating to sustainable destination of greater international importance.
– Service Excellence
– Creativity & Innovation
– Spirit of Service
– Reciprocity between actors
– Humanism and respect for the local culture and environment
Central America’s Safest Country
In its 2013-2014 report on regional human development related to the topic of security, The United Nations Programme for Development (UNDP) says that Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America! And the second in Latin America!
Therefore Nicaragua appears to be the safest country in Central America, based on reports from the National Police Authorities’ Commission, regarding the numbers of homicides and victims of assault. Better still, Nicaragua is one of the three countries which have the best records of safety throughout Latin America (which in total comprises 18 countries), just behind Chile and in front of Paraguay.
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, although it is the least populous, with about 5,359,759 inhabitants. The majority of the population is concentrated in the vicinity of Managua, the capital, in the lowlands of the Caribbean coast or the “Mosquito Coast.” The approximate population density is 41.1 inhabitants per km².
The weather in Nicaragua has special characteristics in three clearly defined areas:
- Around the lakes and the Pacific, the climate is dry with low rainfall and with temperatures ranging between 27 °C and 32 °C during the green season, from May 15th to October 30th. And during the dry-cold season from November to January and the dry-warm season, from February to April and part of May, the days get longer and the temperature increases slightly from 22-32°C to 28-38 °C.
- Towards the centre of the country, the altitude of its mountain peaks provides a cool climate, sunnier on the part facing the Pacific and wetter on the Atlantic side of the mountain range, forming two sub-climatic regions.
- From the central plains to the Caribbean coast, there’s a tropical rainforest climate, enjoying warm temperatures and frequent rainfall.
Nicaraguan culture is the result of a mix of Spanish and African indigenous culture (Chorotega and Nahuatl). Our history is intrinsically linked to that of the indigenous peoples and that of the white Europeans, particularly the Spanish, and with them the history of the Conquest (begun by the Spanish), colonization, and independence. However, our cultural traditions have still been preserved, amongst others: dance, based on a variety of musical rhythms; our colonial cities; our food… all of which make Nicaragua a wonderful country.
Nicaraguan Folklore is an intangible cultural heritage of our villages. It originates from the union of both indigenous and Spanish elements.
For example the traditional Pacific dances such as “the Gigantona”, “Enano Cabezon” and “Toro Huaco” are colourful and rhythmic, relate specifically to the city of León, and at the same time express ideas relating to the Spanish crown.
On the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast, the dance-based festival of the “Palo de Mayo” (which has its origins in an English festival – May Day) actually celebrates fertility, and the heralding of rain and new crops, with dancing around a tree in honour of the goddess Mayaya. This dance has evolved today into the expression of games of seduction and the preludes of love in a street dance full of joy and colour.
Nicaraguan cuisine, with its roots in indigenous, Spanish and African culture, is the result of a rich cross-breeding and consists of a range of flavours, colours and ingredients. Corn, cooked in all its forms, is the best basic grain! Corn dishes are accompanied by their seasonal drinks, some of the most varied and ingenious: such as the traditional “chicha”, but also the famous “atoles”, “pozoles” etc. The most representative is the “pinolillo” drink; a mixture of cocoa, corn, cinnamon and cloves … delicious!
Amongst the most typical dishes, do not forget to try “Granada Vigoron” (cassava-based), “Masaya Baho”, “Nagarote Quesillo” (a sort of tortilla stuffed with cheese and other ingredients), “Masatepe Mondongo soup” (tripe soup), “Chontales Cheese”, “Rondon from the Caribbean Coast” (based on fish and coconut milk) and drinks such as cocoa, “Chicha “, “the Tiste” and of course a cup of organic (and Fair trade) coffee in any part of the country!
- Language: The official language is Spanish. On the Caribbean coast, we speak English, but also Miskito and other native languages. In most tourist destinations, everyone understands English.
- Dialling Code: First you must dial (505) followed by the 8-digit phone number.
- Time: This is the same as that of the central United States (GMT -6h) and there is no time change between summer and winter.
- Currency: The local currency is the Córdoba.
- Taxes: The only tax that you pay when purchasing goods or products is VAT (value added tax), which is 15%.
- Tipping: If customers are satisfied with service, they should voluntarily leave 10% of the total amount of the bill in restaurants, cafés…
- The Exchange Rate: $ 1 USD equals 28 Córdobas while € 1 equals 33 Córdobas.