If you want to know what's in the heart of Nicaragua this tour is for you. Looking on any map of Nicaragua, it's clear why it is called the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes but it's also a land of rich culture, complex history, and resilient people who know how to turn very little into a bounty.
November 10-17, 2018
Prepare to be changed. After all, that's what travel is all about. This relatively small nation has had a big impact on a lot of people, for better or worse. We are traveling to better understand what life was, and is like for the people of Cuba. As always, we will tread lightly and travel responsibly.
September 9-16, 2018
In the high-altitude capital of Mexico, eight days and seven nights is just scratching the surface of a city that is springing back to life, where the culinary scene is exploding and a cultural renaissance is flourishing. Mexico city has to be seen to be believed.
Our Tours in LATIN AMERICA
Our custom and small group tours are perfect for travelers seeking natural beauty, a cultural experience, and adventure. You’ll meet people who live, work, and play in the places we visit. We'll visit their homes and communities. You'll learn about Latin America from the inside out, through the voices of its people, its complex history, and rich culture.
We offer a wide range of tour packages to satisfy your curiosity, including cultural tours, birding tours, food tours, philanthropy tours, family tours, GLBTQ-friendly tours, photography workshops and artist workshops.
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The Minnesota Connection
Hello Minnesotans! Your guide, Jessica Schugel, is a native of Minnesota. If you live in or around the Twin Cities and take one of our tours you will have the opportunity to get together prior to traveling to talk about your upcoming adventure. This is a great time to get to know the fellow travelers in your group, learn new packing tips and share travel stories before we hit the road.
Cuba photo ©Pedro Szekely
"I have had so much fun sharing stories about our trip to Cuba. What a marvelous job you did creating a very memorable trip. Your attention to detail was so evident. The places we visited were extremely interesting, the tour guides so knowledgable, the food fantastic!!! In reading the trip description, the line, “When you visit Cuba, prepare to be changed,” really resonates with me. I have traveled may places in the world but this trip is at the top of the list when it comes to having an authentic experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"This was our second trip with Jessica, only this time to Cuba. Once again, she didn’t disappoint us! Jessica possesses an innate ability to personalize your tour while creating memorable adventures, culinary and cultural experiences, providing expert guides, and allowing time for personal interactions with local residents. The expertise of the guides, guest home owners, restaurant managers, and drivers combined with her personality and passion for traveling enriched our experience and left us with many beautiful Cuban memories. We will definitely want to travel with Jessica in the near future and highly recommend that others do the same."
"Our tour with Buen Viaje Tours was amazing. We saw the 'real' thing; cultural experiences with great food, exhilarating action, and breathtaking nature. Jessica understands the needs of a western traveler, while keeping the trip authentic. She was very open to customizing our experience to our wishes, and recommended some really good alternatives. I strongly recommend traveling with her company. She guided our group of 20 international travelers with very diverging needs without any issues. Thank you, Jessica."
"Jessica is a godsend! She has been a valuable resource and help in planning a tour I lead in Nicaragua. She helps us organize all the details and bring it all together. She has taken parts of our group out on extra excursions and tours and they all had rave reviews. She's personable, professional and fluent in Spanish - but she's more like one of the locals and is accepted by them as such because she has lived there for years. She's a great guide and tour operator in Nicaragua, I highly recommend working with her!!!"
"Buen Viaje Tours gave us the best tour of Nicaragua that I could have imagined, taking us to out-of-the-box kinds of places where we could see how Nicaraguans live and how others are trying to better life in Nicaragua. Jessica was wonderful to be with, and we enjoyed all our time with her."