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Solentiname Tours

Type of destination:

  • Beach / ocean
  • City
  • Farm / ranch / rural
  • River / lake / wetland
  • Forest / rainforest
  • Indigenous community
  • Historic site
  • World Heritage Site
  • Mountain

Type of business:

  • Tour operator

Description

Solentiname Tours is the only tour operator and destination management company in Nicaragua with the TINKTO Independent Tourism Guide Seal of Quality. We offer services for groups, families, incentive travelers, conferences, and conventions. We are committed to taking special care of the interests, personal needs, and budgets of our customers.

We have developed adventure tourism in Nicaragua in a professional way that is harmonious with the conservation of natural resources, ecosystems, our history, and cultural treasures. For this reason, our company is the only Nicaraguan member of the Adventure Travel and Trade Association (ATTA). We also specialize in educational tourism, luxury and sustainable ecotourism, and first-class and senior clientele.

Learn more about Solentiname Tours exciting tour itineraries in Nicaragua by visiting the "Additional Information" section below.

Activities

  • Adventure sports
  • Biking
  • Bird watching
  • Canopy exploration
  • Eco / nature / wildlife
  • Educational / research / volunteering
  • Guided tours
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain climbing
  • River rafting / kayaking
  • Scuba diving / snorkeling
  • Spiritual / religious
  • Surfing
  • Visits to conservation projects
  • Volunteers accepted
  • Walking / hiking
  • Yoga / meditation

Other:

  • Photography tours
  • Culinary tours

Making a Difference

Solentiname Tours was founded under a sustainable tourism concept that is included in all office procedures, guide training, and the development of each travel itinerary. We are committed to mitigating the negative impacts of human activity on the environment and we aim to help conserve and restore our natural and cultural heritage.

All of our customers receive an invitation to be sustainable travelers from our tour guides as part of their introduction to the country. We create and offer the "Nicaragua Tour Map - Sustainable Traveling," which outlines our sustainable tourism services at different destinations. The map identifies "Life Points" -- places where we do sustainable tourism activities that offer experiences with local people. Guides and local people alike are prepared to provide the clients with an excellent stay.

At Solentiname Tours, we prefer to use hotels verified by the Rainforest Alliance. Tours in Nicaragua and other Central American countries also include companies with other sustainability certifications.

We have supported sustainable development in the Solentiname Archipelago since 1999 and also collaborate with other areas in Nicaragua’s protected areas system and private wildlife reserves. We also train guides in these areas to offer nature tours.

Solentiname Tours is a member of Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability (TOPS), a specialized global platform of tour operators dedicated to promoting and supporting sustainable tourism in their respective markets.

Getting There

Nearest international airport: Managua (MGA)

Travel time to nearest airport: 30 minutes by car

Additional Information

Awards or Recognitions

  • 2012 Excelencias Award for the "Nicaragua Tour Map - Sustainable Traveling".
  • 2011 Special Award from TINTKO (Team Für Internationale Touristische Kommunikation/Team for International Touristic Communication) and the Willy Scharnow Foundation of Germany for its sustainable commitment, efforts to improve the quality of the company’s tour guides, and for strengthening cooperation with state institutions to aid tour guides in Nicaragua.
  • 2009 Güegüense National Award for Tourism Excellence in the sustainability category, given by the National Chamber of Tourism of Nicaragua (CANATUR).
  • 2008 award for outstanding contribution to the conservation of nature in Nicaragua, given by Dr. Jaime Incer Barquero, President of Fondo Natura.
  • 2008 Independent Tour Guide Seal of Quality Award from TINKTO during the ITB Berlin tourism fair, for high quality and professionalism in the organization of travel and the training of German-speaking guides.
  • 2007 Güegüense National Award for Tourism Excellence from CANATUR for the best tourism product innovation.
  • 2006 Prize from the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute (INTUR) for the best promotion activity for Nicaragua.
  • 2005 Condé Nast Traveler Award for a recommended tour operator in Nicaragua.

Additional Web sites

  • www.tintko.com/es/news.html (available in English, German and Spanish). Information on Solentiname Tours’ recognition by TINTKO and the Willy Scharnow Foundation in Germany, 2011.

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Date This Information Was Provided

January 2013.

Photos courtesy of Solentiname Tours, Nicaragua, for SustainableTrip.org.

    Discover Nicaragua with Solentiname Tours

Contact Information

Immanuel Zerger
General Manager

Lomas de Monserrat, una cuadra abajo del Olofito, última casa a mano izquierda
Managua
Nicaragua

Tel: +505/2270-9981


www.solentinametours.com

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Verification

Rainforest Alliance Verified™

Date: March, 2011

Sustainability performance:
Environmental management: 76%
Sociocultural management: 74%
Business management: 74%

Overall performance: 75%

Making a Difference

Winner, Making a Difference Award

Winner,
October, 2012

 

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