Buen Viaje Tours is a small group ecotour company specializing in travel to Nicaragua. We offer affordable, privately led tours for individuals, families, and groups with a variety of interests. Join us on a food tour, cultural tour, birding tour or even an artist or photography workshop.
Volcanoes, cloud forests, sweet waters and beaches. Vibrant faces and historical places. Let us show you natural Nicaragua!
"I just returned from 10 wonderful days in Nicaragua (Leon, Granada, Managua, Ometepe) with Buen Viaje tours! Jessica and her company did an excellent job organizing a very diverse trip, from climbing volcanoes to museums. Buen Viaje does a great job listening your interests and thus is able to build a custom tour. It's pretty much up to you, as Jessica has many connections and can arrange side trips, airport pickups, etc. You can feel 100% comfortable letting Buen Viaje take care of all the trip details, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful country. Whether you are one person or a large group, Jessica can arrange a great trip.
Jessica has great knowledge and passion for Nicaragua and the people. She can introduce you to some amazing places that other bigger tour companies may overlook.
I found Nicaragua to be a very safe country with very genuine and honest people. Just an amazing time!
"I have recently returned from a two week trip to Nicaragua. I was working on a project to meet and photograph artists and artisans in and around the Granada area.
In planning for this trip, Jessica had an immediate understanding of my objectives and was able to prepare an itinerary of contacts and meetings with a wide range of interesting people and organizations. In the two weeks I was there I was able to experience Nicaragua and its people, in a far more in-depth manner than by going on a conventional tour or by traveling on my own. Jessica has a tremendous love for Nicaragua, and is a wonderful ambassador for this interesting and exciting country. I continue to have contact with some of the people I met and I will be sure to return there again.
This trip set a new standard for having an interesting travel experience, largely because of the guide services provided by Jessica. My friends and family are envious of the great time I had and I am really pleased with the photo images I was able to capture.
I highly recommend Jessica’s guide and interpreter services for anyone planning travel to Nicaragua.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"Jessica is a fantastic tour guide that made our trip to Nicaragua truly unforgettable. She is an invaluable guide in planning a trip to Nicaragua, and dealing with whatever unforeseen issues arose during our trip. Without Jessica’s help and planning, we could not have possibly coordinated as fun, interesting, and safe trip to Nicaragua."
Kellogg School of Management
"Jessica did a fantastic job with our unique and demanding group of 25. Our flight was delayed by a day and she was able to reschedule on the fly so we missed nothing. I strongly recommend working with Tours To Nicaragua."
Kellogg School of Management
“My tour of Nicaragua was incredible! It was obvious that Jessica did a lot of research and preparation in creating the perfect itinerary: a wide array of activities, meals, and cultural experiences mixed in with her personal accounts of and experiences within the country. The unique experiences that I will forever carry with me include the tour of a pineapple farm, the bat cave in Masaya, and the cloud forest at Mombacho. On a smaller scale, I thoroughly enjoyed the endless variety of fresh fruit juices – delicious! Overall, the itinerary presented a perfect mix of visits to tourist destinations as well as many off-the-beaten path explorations. Further, it was refreshing and relaxing to have my whole trip planned out before my arrival. I have traveled to over 30 countries and can say that my tour of Nicaragua ranks in my top 10 best travel experiences! I have only experienced “The Heart of Nicaragua” tour, but I certainly wish I could take them all!”
“Jessica provided an enjoyable and educational Nicaraguan experience – one that could not be obtained through more traditional tour guides or alone without a guide. Her love for Nicaragua comes through at all times. Jessica planned exceptionally well and kept us in touch with interesting and progressive aspects of Nicaraguan life. Her use of local guides and public transportation enriched our experience. We had a wonderful time and would recommend Tours To Nicaragua to anyone who wants to experience Nicaragua.”
Jeff & Debbie K.
Q & A
Q. 'In what year did you start your business? Tell us about your company history?
A. Jessica Schugel has been traveling in Nicaragua since 2002. Peace Corps introduced her to this magical place she now calls home. Jessica has covered a lot of ground in the past ten years, taking the time to learn and explore before putting together the itineraries that she feels offer her clients that extra something special that can’t be found by following the gringo trail. She, and her local team, will give you a genuine glimpse into life as it is lived in the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.
Q. What type of business do you operate — what do you sell, or what services do you provide and to whom?
A. Custom, specialty and niche tours in Nicaragua.
Q. What led you to work in this field?
A. A love of travel since childhood, an adventurous spirit, and an insatiable need to show others how truly special Nicaragua is.
Q. What is the goal of your business at an ecological level, what are you trying to achieve?
A. Responsible travel and treading lightly in the developing world.
At Buen Viaje Tours we don't just think about what we can bring back from Nicaragua, but also what we can contribute. We want to become part of the fabric of everyday Nicaraguan life, so we live by simple but important rules:
We take time to learn about local history and culture;
We spend money on locally produced goods and services;
We use water and electricity sparingly;
We don’t give handouts of any kind to children. Instead, we give to recognized, local, socially-conscious organizations;
We protect natural resources, and we never buy souvenirs or goods made from wildlife unless they are clearly sustainably produced;
We always ask before taking photos/videos of people.