MANAGUA, Nicaragua (August 28, 2007)—The Nicaragua Tourism Board (INTUR) is pleased to announce the latest news from Nicaragua, ranging from recently introduced flights and tour packages to new real estate projects and destinations throughout the country.

AIRLINES
This month, low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines announced new non-stop service to Managua, Nicaragua from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Service is currently offered three times per week and will then increase to daily flights starting November 15, 2007.

Flights are operated with Spirit’s Airbus A319 aircraft, featuring deluxe leather seats, movable headrests and large overhead bins. The airline serves all routes with its fleet of Airbus aircraft, the youngest in the Americas. “We are excited to give Nicaraguans a low fare alternative to travel between Managua and the U.S.,” said Barry Biffle, Spirit’s Chief Marketing Officer. “As the economic center of Nicaragua, Managua is a growing market that will benefit from Spirit’s ultra low fares as both leisure and business travelers will be able to travel more frequently.” For more information, visit Spirit Air .

Aeromexico, Mexico’s largest airline, announced new service to Managua, Nicaragua, providing its U.S. gateways in Houston, Los Angeles and Miami with access to one of Central America’s most important business destinations. The award-winning airline offers flights five days a week to Nicaragua on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this new service to Central America from our Mexico City hub, providing a new alternative of flights to this region from our U.S. gateways in Houston, Los Angeles and Miami,” said Gabriel Parra, East Coast Regional Director for Aeromexico. “The new flights will provide great access for both business and leisure travelers to Central America’s business centers, making it possible too, to go visit friends and family.” For more information and complete flight schedules, visit Aeromexico’s Web site or call 1 (800) 237-6639.

REAL ESTATE
Created by the owners of the Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Eco-Lodge, Balcones de Majagual offers a sustainable version of a turnkey vacation rental designed for clients interested in innovative environmental design surrounded by a pristine natural sanctuary. The 11 eco-houses are 2200 square ft, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath and include a shared pool, incredible ocean views, a private forested setting, various environmental features and will be accessed by electric golf carts, which carry owners along wooded paths to the beach. For more information, visit www.balconesdemajagual.com .

Located on 923 acres of undisturbed Pacific coastline, Seaside Mariana will feature luxuriously designed ocean view homes, condos, and golf villas, Nicaragua’s only 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Golf Course, the country’s first Destination Wellness Spa, a Boutique Hotel, private oceanfront Beach Club, an Archeological Museum, a resort Medical Facility, and a Lifestyle Plaza replete with shops, restaurants, cafes, and a cultural and performing arts venue.

Located on a dramatic natural slope that rises 70 feet vertically and 600 feet horizontally from the beach, the property will afford owners and guests breathtaking views of both the ocean and surrounding countryside. Visit www.seasidemariana.com.

TOUR PACKAGES
A Journey Into the Heart of Greenness—Travelers on this 8-day private expedition will enjoy a timeless passageway down the San Juan River through dense tropical rain forest from Central America’s grandest lake to the Caribbean Sea. This historic river was the stage for great colonial period battles between the Spanish Crown and British and French pirates and later became the route of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s inter-oceanic steam ship service during the California gold rush. The Rio San Juan, described by Mark Twain as “an earthly paradise”, is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding rain forest experiences available anywhere. This boating wildlife safari travels the entire 190 km length of the San Juan River, from the inland sea of Lake Nicaragua to the Caribbean. The 8-day tour is US$2,345.00 per person based on double occupancy, including biologist guide. For more information, contact info@toursnicaragua.com or 011-505-252-4035.

Nicaragua’s Sleeping Beauties—Travelers can experience the best of Nicaragua’s history, colonial architecture and nature all rolled into one with a 6-day tour that combines visits to Managua, Granada, and Leon with soft adventure trips to the lush cloud forests of the Mombacho Volcano in Granada and the active volcanoes of the Masaya Volcano National Park. Package includes 5-nights hotel in Managua, round-trip airport transfers, daily breakfast and lunch (during excursions), bilingual guides, insurance, taxes and full-day tours. Prices range from $1130 (single occupancy) to $495 (triple occupancy). For more information, visit www.grayline.com or contact 011-505-268-2412 or INFO@GRAYLINENICARAGUA.COM

Nicaragua History, Culture & Nature—A Nicaraguan historian and naturalist accompany travelers on this 7 night, 8-day tour as they experience the country’s most exciting colonial and natural gems. Highlights include a boat exploration of Lake Nicaragua (the largest freshwater lake in Central America), a tour of the colonial city of Granada and an expedition to the pristine La Flor Wildlife Refuge to witness massive turtle arrivals. (Nicaragua’s “arribadas” have reached up to 20,000 nesting female turtles during peak times of Aug. – Oct.). Prices range from $1,600 for single occupancy to $919.00 for triple occupancy and include deluxe transportation, English-speaking guides, luxury accommodation, breakfast, and day trips. For additional information please visit www.carelitours.com or contact yariela.enriquez@carelitours.com or 011-505-278-6919.

Nicaragua Trekking Tour—For the active at heart, Soltours offers a comprehensive 12-night/13-day tour that uncovers the country’s diverse topography from a variety of angles. The tour ranges from the northern mountainous region (which includes visits to authentic farm lands and nature reserves) to the beaches of Poneloya (on the Pacific coast) and climbs of the country’s Pacific Rim volcanoes. This activity-filled program even includes a visit to the twin volcano island of Ometepe in Lake Nicaragua. Accommodations vary from bunk beds to two and three-star hotels. Tours are for groups of 6-10 persons and priced at $1,150 for groups of 6, $1,095 for 8, and $1075 for 10. Cost includes lodging, entrance fees, in-country transportation and guide. Please contact Soltours at info@soltoursnicaragua.com or 011(505) 266-7140 or visit www.soltoursnicaragua.com.

COFFEE ROUTE
The Nicaragua Tourism Board will be launching the “Nicaragua Coffee Route” providing tourists with the opportunity to experience the livelihood, traditions and culture of this spectacular region rooted in one of the country’s leading exports. Coffee is a way of life for inhabitants of this region, which tourists will be able to witness first-hand via eight different routes being developed in the country’s northern zone. More than 3000 ft. above sea level, Nicaragua’s cloud-covered mountains offer forests of mahogany, cedar and pines, covered with orchids and moss, providing an idyllic setting for hiking and eco-tourism. Highlights include: boutique mountain hotels (such as Selva Negra), small trails and protected areas.

ABOUT NICARAGUA
Nicaragua is emerging as Central America’s most intriguing new destination. Offering an authentic experience that brings travelers in touch with the natural warmth of the people, Nicaragua boasts culture, nature and adventure. Pre-Columbian artifacts, dazzling colonial architecture and vibrant folkloric tradition are set against a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty—volcanoes, beaches, pristine rainforest and astounding biodiversity. Activities that appeal to a host of interests abound. Nicaragua is a country with heart—genuine and real—and welcoming visitors with open arms.

For more information, please call 1-888-SEE-NICA or visit www.visit-nicaragua.com.

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