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Base of operations: USA -- Number of InfoHub client requests accepted: 9
M19960 is a small group tour company specializing in Nicaragua. We offer tours to individuals, couples and families.

We are committed to the development of responsible tourism in Nicaragua. We are proud members of Sustainable Travel International and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and share the belief that it is our duty as tourists to tread lightly in the places we travel and to leave behind only our gratitude for the opportunity to visit.

We encourage all those interested in a unique and personalized journey – bird watchers, photographers, kayakers, hikers, history buffs, foodies, coffee lovers – to join us in Nicaragua!
Questions and Answers
M19960 offers unique and personalized adventures for photographers, bird watchers, kayakers, hikers, history buffs, foodies, coffee lovers, among many others.

1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?

3+ years.

2. What is your company's mission?

To encourage people to visit Nicaragua and to see for themselves just how special the land and people are.

3. What does your company specialize in?

Responsible small group and custom travel in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?

Jessica Schugel is the owner of M19960. She first came to Nicaragua with Peace Corps in 2002. After spending several years developing plans for a tour company, she made Nicaragua her permanent home, and guiding tours to all corners of the country her job.

5. What is your most popular travel package and why?

Our Heart of Nicaragua tour offers first time visitors a genuine glimpse into life in Nicaragua. It's a taste of volcanoes, highlands, salt water, sweet water, and the strength of character of Nicaragua's big-hearted people. Everyone wants to come back for more - and there IS a lot more!

6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?

“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.”

Vacation Packages offered by supplier M19960
Picture Name Highlight Activity Price Destination

Heart of Nicaragua Tour Heart of Nicaragua Tour

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This 8-day tour takes us through the districts of Masaya, Granada, and Carazo – unique in Nicaragua for their artisans, European architecture, and preservation of precolonial Nicaraguan culture.

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Tour Package
Cultural Journey
National Parks
USD 1650 Nicaragua

Mountains & Valleys Tour Mountains & Valleys Tour

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This tour takes us north into the mountainous coffee country of Matagalpa and Jinotega then south to the lush rolling hills of the Masaya region for a truly unique experience.

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Tour Package
Ecotourism
Cultural Journey
USD 1750 Nicaragua

Dos Banderas: Nicaragua and El Salvador Dos Banderas: Nicaragua and El Salvador

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San Salvador to Managua, capital to capital. Travel into the mountains and out to the sea. Cross Gulf waters and climb to the top of volcanoes. Visit colorful cities and converse with vibrant people.

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Tour Package
Cultural Journey
Volcano Tours
USD 2350 Nicaragua
El Salvador
Reviews and Comments
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 1  Dave Regehr Photography Tour 2012-09-28
"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 ... view more 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."

 2  Jeff & Debbie Konkle-Parker An exceptionally planned tour 2012-09-28
"Jessica provided an enjoyable and educational Nicaraguan experience – one that could not be obtained through more traditional tour guides or alone ... view more 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 M19960 to anyone who wants to experience Nicaragua".

 3  Karen McCulloch A True Ambassador for Nicaragua 2012-09-28
“Jessica was prompt in responding to my original inquiry, listened to my interests and created a day and a half of touring that maximized our time and took us ... view more to a variety of fascinating and unique venues in Managua and Granada. From the moment we stepped out of the airport, I knew we were in good hands. Jessica and her driver were waiting and greeted us with smiles. We toured at a relaxed pace, never feeling that we had to hurry up. The highlight for me was the peaceful electric boat ride around part of Lake Nicaragua. The scenery was exceptional and the bird watching fantastic. Jessica really helped us "see" nature. Jessica is a true ambassador for Nicaragua".

 4  Noah Zandan University Tour 2012-09-28
"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 ... view more missed nothing. I strongly recommend working with M19960".

 5  Nick Sainati University Student Tour 2012 2012-09-28
"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 ... view more 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."

 6  Emily Swiatek Heart of Nicaragua 2010-03-12
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 ... view more 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. I have traveled to over 30 countries and can say that my tour of Nicaragua ranks in my top 10 travel experiences! Further, it was refreshing and relaxing to have my whole trip planned out before my arrival. I have only experienced `The Heart of Nicaragua` tour, but I certainly wish I could take them all!

 7  Chuck Shom Nicaragua: Up Close and Personal 2010-03-12
On a beautifully clear day, we set off from an isolated community south of Managua to hike up a small hillside to gain a panoramic view of the Masaya Volcano ... view more (which we had explored up close the previous day). We had only hiked a few meters when we noticed that five curious kids from the community had joined us.

I thought it was a pretty significant hike, but these kids were walking barefoot, and one young girl was carrying a toddler! They walked with us all the way to the top, carrying the toddler, and generally seeming to be entirely at ease, pointing out all of the sights to `los gringos`. At that point I remember thinking, `I am really experiencing the people and the landscape here...this is not staring out the window of a tour bus`.

 8  John Frierson Custom tour in Nicaragua 2010-01-26
I just finished an excellent custom tour with M19960. Jessica was very accommodating of my changes in schedule, and organized a great tour with a good mix of ... view more outdoor and cultural activities to make most efficient use of the time I had in Nicaragua.

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