Nicaragua: The Touristic Potential of Rivas

The coast of the department of Rivas harbours not only beaches, but also thermal springs, forests and lagoons, but there is no infrastructure to take advantage of this touristic potential.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The plan by a group of tourist entrepreneurs in the area is to develop, with the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, a medium and long term plan to turn the area into a pole for tourism development. Two hours from Liberia's international airport in Costa Rica, the coastal strip of the municipalities of Buenos Aires, San Jorge, Rivas and Cárdenas is considered by the private sector as a "tourist treasure". 

See also: "Nicaragua: Numbers of the Tourism Sector in 2016"

According to Martín Rodríguez, who for more than a decade served as delegate at the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur) in the department of Rivas , "... in the future, all of this area could become a tourist corridor with a road that borders the Cocibolca and connects to Costa Rica, through the community of Colón, to facilitate the flow of tourists.' In all of this strip there is a lack of tourist infrastructure and services, such as accommodation and restaurants, and the most developed area is the San Jorge spa, which is the gateway to Isla de Ometepe and then El Menco and the area of the urban center of Cárdenas'."

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Edwin Ruiz Fuentes, owner of a tour operation business in Rivas, Macuá Tours, told that "... this extensive coastal strip provides all the conditions for the orderly development of tourism on freshwater beaches and there are tourists who have shown interest in exploring the area. It would be a tourist route of interest for visitors and has the necessary features for investing in eco-resorts on freshwater beaches, because you can walk on trails, appreciate the diversity of flora and fauna, offering bird watching."

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