Detour Viajes y Cultura
DETOUR is located in Granada, a beautiful colonial city and Nicaraguan destination that shouldn’t be missed! It has a colorful market with a labyrinth of spices and fruits, cigar artisans and makers of fine shoes. Our culture is rooted in a tradition inherited from centuries of mixing Spanish colonial, indigenous Chorotega and Nahuatl peoples and cultures. You can visit the archipelago of 300 islets in Lake Cocibolca, lying in the shadow of the impressive Mombacho Volcano that attracts scientists, bird-watchers and nature-lovers. Just a little farther away are the vast marshes of Tisma, the smoking Masaya Volcano, and the stupendous Apoyo crater with its large blue lake.
In Granada, on your own or with a friendly local guide, you can travel the streets on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage or on a bicycle, and admire colonial homes, churches and picturesque buildings, drink coconut water at the dock, learn how to roast cocoa beans and roll Habana cigars and watch shoemakers in action.
In Nicaragua, Granada is the starting point for adventures along the tourism “routes” available in Nicaragua:
- The Coffee Route to Matagalpa, Estelí and Somoto includes Somoto Canyon, eco-reserves, eco-farms, mountains, plantations and waterfalls. Great for agro-ecotourism, trail hiking and bird-watching.
- The Water Route or Pirates Route, with the Great Lake, the island-volcano of Ometepe, the romantic archipelago of Solentiname, El Castillo fort and Rio San Juan, which winds through immense virgin forests to the Atlantic coast.
- The Colonial and Volcanoes Route that includes León, Chinandega, Masaya, Rivas and more areas along the Pacific coast. Features a long chain of active volcanoes, crater lakes, immaculate beaches, mangroves and bird and sea turtle sanctuaries.
- The Cowboys and Indigenous Peoples Route from Chontales to the Atlantic, Bluefields, Orinoco, Pearl Cays, as well and the island paradise of Corn Island, the fourth-best snorkeling destination in the world.
In Costa Rica, we visit Monteverde, La Fortuna, Puntarenas, Liberia, Cahuita, Bijagua, Cuajiniquil, Rincón de la Vieja, Isla Chira and more.
Making a Difference
Since its inception in 2001, Detour has seen that it can have a very positive impact on the local development of a country impoverished by years of conflict, using sustainable tourism as an engine for local development that joins – in one chain - many local, independent economic stakeholders and modest family businesses. The success of this chain rests largely on tour operators.
We design our tours to maximize local talents and resources and to get visitors involved with the community, learning about the talents of our artisans, cooks, and fishers. At each destination, some locals are guides and hosts, and they allow us to experience a little bit of their daily lives.
We also visit impressive natural destinations to explore their riches. We always avoid disturbing wildlife or affecting the ecosystems.
We work with more than 10 communities in Nicaragua and support them with training in tourism best practices, sharing advice and feedback from our customer satisfaction evaluations. We also support them with resources they can invest in their small businesses (utensils, water filters, mattresses, beds and more), which is recovered as we bring them visitors.
In 2007 and 2014, we received the national El Güegüense award in the Innovation and Sustainability categories from our colleagues at the Nicaragua Chamber of Tourism. In 2010, we earned Rainforest Alliance certification and, together with five other sustainable tour operators, we formed the Tour Operators Promoting Sustainability (TOPS) initiative in Nicaragua. We organize annual training events for freelance guides, drivers and independent carriers and soon for hoteliers. We raise local awareness to save endangered destinations, ecosystems and cultures and we try to promote Nicaragua as a sustainable destination in international markets.