Monday, August 30, 2010

Nicaragua is the perfect place to go green!

PHOTO CAPTIONS: The water in Lake Nicaragua is higher during the Green Season, May through October. Compare with an earlier photo before the rains.

In recent years, as social stability and economic growth have come to Central America, eco-travelers are discovering that Nicaragua is one of the undiscovered treasures of the Western Hemisphere. And they are also learning that the best time to come here is during the rainy season, May through October – what we at Jicaro Island Ecolodge like to refer to as “The Green Season.” The moniker is appropriate not only because everything is so lush and green, but also because we are an eco-friendly, sustainable hotel.

Nicaragua is very accessible for a quick eco-getaway or a more immersive experience. It is only a two- to three-hour flight from Miami (American), Atlanta (Delta) and Houston (Continental) into the capital city of Managua, and no visas are required. Jicaro is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua’s top tourist town. And during the Green Season, flights are usually cheaper, as are your room nights at eco-resorts such as Jicaro.

It is usually sunny in the mornings allowing ample time for fun and sun on hikes or in the lake. While the rainy season makes Nicaragua less intensely hot, the temperature does not drop drastically, so the rains are always warm, refreshing and therapeutic. And, the natural beauty of the country is enhanced because everything is super lush and green.

Jicaro Island has spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across Lake Nicaragua and over 100 different species of birds have been sighted since opening in January 2010. The water in the lake is at a higher level in the rainy season, and animal life abounds. The cloud forests are within easy reach for more active excursions while daily yoga and massage services are offered on site. Jicaro is quickly gaining a reputation as a perfect location for yoga, and the Green Season is a wonderful time to renew your daily practice in privacy.

1. Cheaper airfare and lower hotel rates.

Check it out for yourself and you’ll find you can fly down to Managua for less. Check special promotions at Jicaro Island Ecolodge here.

2. Less people in the hotel and on tours.

This translates to more personalized attention and service in the hotel, the restaurant and on activity tours such as hiking the volcano, birding or kayaking. It also allows you more privacy and quality time with your partner or family.

3. More chances to see wildlife.

The Green Season is a perfect time of the year to observe birds and other wildlife around Jicaro Island. Animals are more active because of the rain and because there are fewer people on trails. And, it’s easier to see their tracks after a rain!

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