I highly recommend Hokano Adventures for three reasons: 1) They offer unique and authentic Nicaraguan experiences; 2) the guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and polite; and 3) they are one of few Nicaraguan-owned tour companies in the area. In addition, I found the prices to be quite reasonable.
I have had experiences with Hokano on a couple of occasions. First, I went with some colleagues to Lake Asososca, which involved a brief (20-minute) hike over lovely terrain. The lake was calm, peaceful, and beautiful. We swam and relaxed; on the way back Hokano treated us to some fantastic local food. Another time, I took a city tour of Leon with Hokano, during which I learned historical and cultural facts about Leon. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The guides have a great deal of passion for their city.
One thing that is important to understand about Nicaragua is that things don't operate there the way they do in the US (I'm an American). The key to having a good time in Nicaragua is having realistic expectations. It can be a challenging place at times, but it will also touch your soul, if you let it.
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