Wow, wow, wow!! We planned a trip to a resort but wanted to do some stuff in Managua and Granada before heading to San Juan del Sur and Tierra Tours was AMAZING!
I emailed and asked them to pick up my family at the Managua airport (around noon), take us somewhere yummy for lunch, show us some of Managua, and get us to Grenada by bedtime. Our driver, Bernardo was waiting with our name on a sign, a comfortable van with air conditioning and with little more than the instructions I just said, he took us to some great places. The Sandino monument, the National cathedral, the Palace/museum, a wonderful lunch place, etc. He had just a little English and we have just a little Spanish, but it was just what we wanted. Some places he said we could take our stuff and other places he said, "leave your cameras in the van and take a little $$ in your pocket." He would stay with the van so we could explore without risking theft. HE was WONDERFUL! Careful driving in what was a crazy driving environment!
The next day, Tierra picked us up at our hotel and we did the Mombacho Express and Isletas tour. Agai, air-conditioned van, picked up right at the hotel. WONDERFUL! Bernardo drove and Gustavo (who had more English) led us. He knows everything about that volcano, coffee plantation, bird, flower, and animal!! These were amazing tours. Easily the highlight of our trip to Nicaragua.
On the volcano we saw orchids, all kinds of birds, a sloth!!, steaming vents, vultures, monkeys. It was wonderful. The coffee plantation is a fun stop. On the isletas we saw egrets, monkeys, lilipads, oriels, just amazing. These guys were professional, on-time, reasonably priced (for our family of 4, the Managua day was $120 (plus lunch and admission to museum), and the next day was $180 for the 4 of us (for both the Mombacho volcano and Isletas -- kids were less than adults).
I could not say enough wonderful things about this company. They are pros.
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