Austin Adventures Brings Award-Winning Small-Group and Custom Itineraries to Nicaragua, Combining Culture with High Adventure


Billings, MT, Oct. 12, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA -, the active travel company setting land-based adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, for the first time in 2013 will bring its award-winning small-group and custom itineraries to Nicaragua, announced Dan Austin, founding director. 

The 8-day/7-night Nicaragua: Cerro Negro to San Juan del Surprograms with scheduled departures Jan 26, Mar 23, Mar 30, Jul 27, Aug 03, Nov 16, Nov 23, Dec 21, and Dec 28, 2013 begin and end in Managua. The per person double occupancy rate is $2,398 ($380 single supplement) See: 

Often referred to as “unvisited and off-the-radar as Costa Rica was 50 years ago” Nicaragua had a special appeal to Austin who is always on the lookout for the next “hot” travel destination.

“This is Austin Adventures’s first foray into the wilds of Nicaragua,” says Austin. “We wanted to design a tour that offers a broad, behind-the-scenes look at Nicaragua’s extraordinary natural and cultural treasures.”  Guests overnight in accommodations known for their cultural, environmental and historic significance. 

From surfing black volcanic sands to zip lining through tropical rainforest, this adventure has it all, he promises. Home to countless volcanoes, a spectacular coastline, the two largest fresh-water lakes in Central America and rainforests teeming with flora and fauna, Nicaragua has been designated one of Mesoamerica’s “biodiversity hotspots.”

Guests climb to the rim of Cerro Negro crater before surfing on an ash board down its black volcanic sands; tour the cathedral, galleries and museums of Leon, the intellectual capital of Nicaragua; hike Masaya Volcano National Park, home to a 54-square-kilometer caldera and two (one active, one dormant) volcanoes; kayak on the Asesse Peninsula among the famed Mombacho islets of Lake Nicaragua to witness some 250 species of birds; soar with a boisterous population of monkeys and birds on a zip line tour of Mombacho Nature Reserve; and relax on the white sand beaches of San Juan del Sur.

About Austin Adventures    

Austin Adventures, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee. 

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto:

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