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“Best Day Exploring Nicaragua”
Review of Hokano Adventures

Hokano Adventures
Ranked #12 of 30 Tours in Leon
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Owner description: Hokano Adventures is a grassroots tour operator specializing in authentic off-the-beaten track adventures throughout Nicaragua. All our adventures are led by local bilingual guides. All our tours are designed to give you an exceptional inside experience of the people, culture, traditions and landscapes of this country. Many of our tours take you right into the homes of local artists where you can watch or learn hands on traditional art forms or cuisine.We also offer customized tour packages, allowing you to design your own adventure or itinerary. All of our adventures focus of giving you the most amazing experience of Nicaragua while at the same helping support the local community. For every tour you take a percent of all our profits go directly towards the non-profit community projects that we support as part of Foundación Hokano.We work with local poor people to empower them to get involved in tourism for better life conditions and teaching them to protect the environment around them. Tours range from volcano hikes, islands, lakes and beaches, visits to local artists and artisans in which you are invited to learn hands on traditional art forms such as primitivism painting, guitar making, sawdust carpets and ceramic sculpting.An important initiative we have is voluntourism: We believe it is an important part of making tourism more sustainable, that it provides travellers and communities a way to connect, to learn, to appreciate each other's cultures, and work towards a better future. Our Voluntours provide opportunities for travellers to engage in community projects that are working on health, education, conservation and small business opportunities around.
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Look no further for a tour company. I booked tour boarding ahead of time with two different companies, and both cancelled without any warning.
The hostel was kind enough to call Hokano Adventures for us. "It's new, so we're not sure how it will be..." With only one day in Leon to explore, we figured it was worth a shot...and we ended up having spending the best day of our trip hiking up and boarding down Cerro Negro with Carlos as our guide.
Not only is Carlos passionate and knowledgable about his country: he is a genuinely kind-hearted, cool person. He's the type of local with a tale that will linger with you even more strongly than the tour itself.
Carlos picked us up at our hostel in his all-terrain jeep, and first drove us past fields of crops and ashen trees (singed by acid rain) to the iguana conservatory at the Cerro Negro park entrance. While he is unsure about the true motivations of the iguana owners (he believes that they may be selling most of the eggs on the black market), he let us explore a bit, and even captured an iguana for us to hold. Because of his extra effort to reel in the reptile, we got some of the best shots of the day each holding a huge iguana in our hands. (No animals were harmed in the making of the production...no worries :))
We proceeded on to Cerro Negro, and hiked up to the summit with our strips of plywood and metal for volcano boarding. While the hike was steep, it was pleasant, and the views of the pitch-black ash made it feel like we were walking on the moon. Carlos talked all the while in-depth about the politics, history, and culture of his country. He is a single, hard-working father who enjoys painting, taught himself to build his own website, and he has even started a volunteer-based English program in his community.
We proceeded to hike past a still-steaming crater, and though it started to rain and thunder, we still trudged onward to the top. I was quite terrified by the lightning, but he coached us in perfect English through the best technique to have the fastest, thrilling, safest ride down.
It was probably my favorite day in Nicaragua, and Carlos made it truly unique for us. I would reccomend Hokano Adventures, 100%, above any other tour company.

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Hokano-Adventures, Propietario at Hokano Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

Dear costumers, thank you so much for your recomendation about us at trip advisor, i wish you are great, and our best wishes too, we make a lot effort to give to all our costumers an unic experience with us, and be sure if you recoment to us with other people they will have an amazing experience too.
thank you soo much again.

warm regards

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

After moving to Nicaragua and opening a small place of my own, we began to seek out a depandable tour company to send our guests. After meeting Carlos I knew I had found someone with true passion for his country. His knowledge and overall beautiful energy makes every tour persoanabe and informative. English speaking staff who meet the expectations of Carlos has been a small growing pain of opening Hokano Adventures. I can assure you he has taken action on all negative feedback, he makes every effort to employ honest, warm hearted, educated Nicas. From volcano boarding to rum tasting challenge ( which I LOVE, and have done 3 times ) to personal private tours of this beautiful country, Honkano is the way to go. Cheers Carlos on your growing success !

Thank valryan
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Hokano-Adventures, Propietario at Hokano Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2013

Hello Valeria and Bryan!

Thank you sooo much for your review we appreciate a lot this, thank you so much for trust in my service and my team for choose us as the company for your guest, also for let us to show them the beauties of this amazing country, we work hard for make our activities better and every client is very important for us, and as well your confident on us as tour company we value a lot.

I wish you the best success with you business Lazy Turtle.

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Reviewed April 5, 2013

Love Flor De Cana Rum and Carlos offered to give our tour of 6 people a tasting
Not only the history but some drinking games as well
We started with the 18 yr old ...smooth
ended with the 'Plata' brand and mixers.
About 20 full shots later and 2 large platters of food we were feeling great.

It was about $25 a head and changers depending on numbers.
Totally worth the experience Held inn the rear of the VIA VIA bar.

Thank westwoodGlebeSydney
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Hokano-Adventures, Propietario at Hokano Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear costumer !
Thank you so much for your review and its make us happy that you have a great experience with our activities. your review is really important for us, we appreciate a lot your opinion.
thank you again and we hope to see you back in Nicaragua again.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

All the sights and info are good. The major problem was if you don't have exact change when you're out on your tours don't be expecting it back.After the rum tasting one of their employees took the group out to a club & street burgers after. He insisted on collecting money from everyone for burgers and nobody had exact change so the money you got back was not right if you even got any back at all. Bad experience with one employee.

Thank jaymar17
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Hokano-Adventures, Propietario at Hokano Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Dear Costumer
Thank you so much for your review, we appreciate a lot of your review and excuse me for the late respond. Your opinion is really important for us for be better and change for give all of our future costumers the best experience with us, and I really want to apologize with you because that bad experience with one of our employee. Its the first time its happen, and I promise our team will make the best for don't let this happen again.
Thank you again and I'm really sorry for your bad experience please accept our apologize.

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Reviewed March 1, 2013

Best tours ever with Aron and Larry! These guys really take care of there guests! The Telica Tour we did was amazing. One of the best trips I ever had. Seeing Lava and then the night hike down the volcan was incredible! Go with those youn guys and you wont regret it!!

Thank Mariposa_86
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Hokano-Adventures, Propietario at Hokano Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2013

Dear Costumer dank you so much for you review of us at Trip advisor its help us to a lot, we are happy that you had an amazing experience throw our touristic activities,
please any advise for make us better is always welcome we always try to do the best of us for all our costumers .
Danke Schöne

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