Axel Melchior

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Axel has been in the tourism industry since he was a teenager, working during university vacations as interpreter for German and English-speaking visitors in Costa Rica. He now holds a business degree from Costa Rican University (Business Degree) , as well as an MBA from INCAF Business School – Nicaragua Axel  now has more than 20 years of experience working with FITs, groups and incentive programs, as well as with the cruise industry. As General Manager of Careli Tours, he coordinates our team efforts and is always on the lookout for improvement and innovations. His professional background, sense of responsibility (inherited from his German roots), and appreciation of Nicaragua’s culture and natural wonders, help us in meeting our mission: To live up to and exceed your expectations of our company by delivering high quality service, while always mindful of our quest for sustainable practices and policies. Axel’s hobbies include hiking, bird watching, soccer, surfing and diving (a certified dive master) which support his keen interest in marine biology; he is an active participant in the school programs supported by Careli Tours, particularly Vital Voices, whose work centers around propelling women’s economic participation through mentoring programs and business skills workshops.

Maria Jose Orue

Maria Jose Orue

Maria Jose was born in 1983, and has a university degree in System Engineering.  She joined our staff in December, 2005 and is responsible for both supervising our reservations operations for her area and   creating many of our travel programs.  And her biggest task as a senior executive is leading our team to meet Careli goals.  It’s fun to work with Maria Jose, who is always ready to learn new things, and is a fine team player, willing to lend a hand everywhere. Active and adventurous, she brings high energy and enthusiasm to every project she tackles. For hobbies, she like dancing and listing to music, plus following the latest in technology trends. Of course, there’s always time for being the adoring mother of a beautiful girl.

Jessica Mendieta

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Born in Managua, Jessica has a degree in tourism and hotel management from American College University. Following schooling, she has been working in tourism as a travel consultant since 2011. As the youngest on our sales team, Jessica, she works every day providing client-pleasing personalized travel arrangements. Clients benefit from her love for traveling around Nicaragua, most of all in the company of her beautiful daughter. Yes, at Careli, we all seem to love to dance: Jessica describes dancing as her favorite sport.

Elisa Ruíz

Elisa Ruiz

Accountants are often behind the scenes quiet types. But not Elisa! As our accounting coordinator, she is responsible for maintaining Careli Tours’ exceptional record of financial accountability and timeliness. While we value her university degree in Accounting and Finance, we also appreciate Elisa for her helpfulness and kindness, as well as always being action-ready to hit the dance floor. Elisa enjoys spending time with her daughters.

Regina Rocha

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Regina is the youngest of our team; she is one of our marketing executives and part of the sustainability team. She studied Management in Marketing and Publicity at Thomas More University. Regina was part of the International Marketing Congress 2017 and also participated on a Leadership Camp in Costa Rica (2015). Despite she is very young, she is a fast learner. Regina spends her free time with her loved ones, traveling and her biggest dream is to become an international chef and open her own restaurant!

Lourdes Fuentes

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Lourdes oversees our product development and sales efforts, assuring that exciting programs full of memorable experiences are crafted for our incoming guests.Along with the sales team, she takes client requests and interests and assists in creating ideal itineraries, suggesting alternatives based on their selected activities and expectations. Lourdes has 22 years-experience in tourism, originally in Costa Rica, where she studied International Relations and gained valuable experience work on the front lines, first of a coffee company and next of a leading Costa Rica tour operator.  Her personal core philosophy of constant improvement shows in her central goal at Careli Tours: To meet, and indeed exceed, all client requests. Additionally, Lourdes is the heart of our nonprofit and environment efforts, which extend to her personal mentoring of women enrolled with Vital Voices. Her hobbies are reading, dancing, diving and exploring new places.  In the company, we call Lourdes: Jungle Lady.

Isaura Barberena

Isaura Barberena

Isaura is one of our newest team members, joining Careli Tours in 2013. She was born in Rivas in 1984 and studied Tourism Administration at UPOLI University in Rivas; since completing her studies, the lucky gal now lives in the charming colonial town of Granada. In the office, sociable Isaura always has a smile on her face, even when hard at work for long hours creating and personalizing travel arrangements to meet specific client interests. While spending time with her family and child is a primary passion, she also loves the beach, nature, adventure, and all the Latin dances.

Isolda Urbina

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Isolda is a great help, backs us all up as the office assistant and receptionist. She seems to particularly enjoy making her workplace a welcoming one for all her colleagues. Isolda started in the tourism industry in 2007, and we couldn’t ask for anyone more capable and hard-working team member. Presently Isolda is studying accounting, and is the mother of two teenage girls. And yes, all three like to salsa.

Joseling Orozco

Joseling Orozco

Now being one of our younger colleagues, Joseling began with Careli in February, 2014. She is outgoing and friendly, and after a brief time with us, is looking forward to a long-time career at Careli. Joseling is the mother of two lovely children, a six-year-old girl and two-year-old boy. And yet, there is time for things she also loves: going out with friends and dancing.

Nathalia Pereira

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Nathalia is one of our Marketing Executives; she is in charge of managing our web page and social networks, she is our graphic designer and recently started working in product design. Nathalia started working at Careli Tours Nicaragua in June 2017 while finishing her career in Communication and Public Relations and she is currently doing a Postgraduate study in Entrepreneurialism and Innovation, where they granted her a scholarship for her good performance. Some of her hobbies include working out, cooking and traveling.

Rosemary Chamorro

Rosemary Chamorro

Rosemary is our product girl, charged with finding new and great products and experiences for our clients; she shares this task with Lourdes, and together they are constantly tuned to new discoveries in still undiscovered Nicaragua. Rosemary also manages our sustainability and education programs and oversees our division of supplier quality control. Working with Careli Tours since 2010, Rosemary has a master degree in Planning and Tourism Development, and studied in Alicante University.  She very much enjoys spending time with family and friends, meeting new people and learning about different world cultures.

Ana Bermudez

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Ana was born in the town of Siuna on the North Caribbean coast of Nicaragua. She studied business Administration at UPOLI University in Managua and has been in the tourism industry since 2003. She works diligently to assure a wonderful vacation in Nicaragua for all Careli’s clients, and we all profit from her big appetite for adventure. Ana’s an eager learner, and enjoys dancing, working out, participating in our country’s many adventure activities, and spending quality time with her family: her husband, son and daughter.

Tania Maltez

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Tania Is one of the youngest acquisition in the team. She was born in Managua in 1995. She has a degree in  Sustainable  Tourism  from  UNAN –  Managua  (National  Autonomous  University  of  Nicaragua  )  She speaks  two  languages,  English  and  French.  Her  mission  in  Careli  Tours  Nicaragua is  to  work  with  our reservation  system  and  included  all  the  rates  and  information.  Despite  she  is  very  young  she  is  very responsible  with  her  job.  Her  hobbies  are  dancing,  do  aerobics  and  share  time  with  her  family  and  her two wonderful pets.

Jenniffer Rodríguez

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Jenniffer is our Chinese girl; she is part of the fourth generation of China descendants in Nicaragua.  Jenniffer studied Applied Economics with mention in Territorial Development at Universidad Centro Americana; also, she has a postgraduate in Proyects Planification at Universidad Americana. Now she has joined our team in the Operation Department as our Operations Manager. Her hobbies are spending time with her family; go to the beach and learning new languages.

Priscila Chávez

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Priscila was born in the charming colonial city of Granada. After finishing her studies of “Tourism Management and Development” she has worked in different areas of Tourism that has given enough experience in Costumer Service. Now she has joined our team in the Operation Department, her role includes control of the daily services, ensuring that all our services fulfill Careli`s standards.

Priscila loves Nicaragua, she likes the local food especially Chili Beef soup. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also likes hiking and spending time in nature.

Edwin Salazar

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Edwin was born in Managua in 1993. He is currently concluding his studies in Marketing and Publicity. He has worked in different call centers and recently joined our team in the Operation Department as a Cruise Ship Coordinator. In his free time, he likes to spend time with his friends, exploring Nicaragua and working out. At the office, we call him Captain America!

Guides & Drivers

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We take particular pride in our guides: highly-trained, nature loving, culturally sensitive, sociable, thoughtful, caring and smart. Additionally, they are completely bilingual (Spanish / English), and some are also fluent in other languages such as French and German. They work easily with our clients to create and deliver authentic and memorable experiences, they work hard to accommodate specific requests and services. Above all, they know their country and take pride in their ability to share with our guests the natural and cultural wonders of Nicaragua.

  • Bird Watching  : 3 Nicaraguan ornithologists
  • Nature Tours : 3 biologists and many experienced nature guides
  • Trekking : 3 experts specialized in volcanoes
  • Scuba Diving : 2 certified scuba divers on staff (one is a Pro). Additionally, we cooperate with a certified PADI center.
  • History & Culture : We have full-time guides with years of education, training and experience.

Additionally, when required, we assign a Nicaraguan professor with a PhD in history to give clients and groups more in depth cultural background and interpretation.

Experienced and courteous, the Careli Tours’ drivers also take professional pleasure in providing all-comforts road travel to their passengers as they motor about a beautiful and unspoiled country. Our fleet from 56-passenger Scania and Volvo buses and 25-passenger Toyota Coasters 8-passenger Toyota minivans is owned by us, and therefore maintained to the highest standards of cleanliness, safety and reliability, assuring seamless transportation at all times.