About us
Our experience.

Vapues Tours handles groups and FIT, providing DMC services to wholesalers and specialized tour operators. Our products are developed and executed with care and attention, taking into account criteria of sustainability. Creativity, excellent contracts with providers and professional dedication reconfirm our position in the travel trade. Our offices are located in Nicaragua, in the colonial cities of León and Granada. While your clients enjoy their trip to Nicaragua, we are working behind the scenes to provide a unique travel experience.  Please meet our dedicated staff, all professionals in tourism with an eye for detail.



Jan StrikJan Strik
Founder / Director
Jan is responsible for the company’s international sales, quotations, and marketing. Born in 1973, Jan attended the University of Utrecht and Amsterdam, finished International Studies and Political Science and traveled to Nicaragua, where he started his own tour company in 2002: Vapues Tours. Jan was a DJ on the national radio, worked for newspapers, did a stint in the local development work and opened the first vegetarian restaurant in León (and probably Nicaragua). He is a walking encyclopedia regarding traveling in Central America. In Nicaragua, his favorite spot is La Garnacha (Estelí), where the cheese is abundant and cheap, and Ataco (El Salvador) is another favorite spot in Central America. When he retires, he might opt for a nice little house at Nicargua´s Pacific Coast.



Jessica JimenezJessica Jimenez
Financial Accountant
Without Jessica, there would be a revolt at Vapues: she does all our accountancy. Like making our paychecks. Born in Leon, she studied Economy at the local University before she started in 2009 at Vapues Tours. Her favorite spots in Nicaragua are the Corn Islands (obviously) and Matagalpa (surprisingly), the latter because of the climate and the people. If she runs away with our vault, she will definitely splash her cash in London, Venice and Greece. But hey, she is a very honest person, so she spends her hard earned money on going out with her friends, shopping and buying presents for her almost 2 year old son.




Yessenia TellezYesenia Tellez
Operations Manager
Yesenia is our reservation- and operations officer we all can rely on. Born in León in 1980, she studied Tourism on the University. Three years ago, she started to organize transfers, board and lodging for customers at Vapues. Therefore she works closely together with our drivers, tour guides and hotels throughout the country. Back home, her favorite pastime is watching TV and sleeping. Yes, working and having a three year old boy is tiresome. To chill out, she likes to go to the Caribbean side of Nicaragua. Talking about chill: she would love to visit Canada; Yesenia is really looking forward to touch down on snow and ice.



Jessica JimenezArlen Lara
Assistant Manager/Human Resources
In every office, there is always the proverbial spider in the web. Arlen is such a spider: she manages the agenda, she is doing the administration, she is Jan’s personal assistant, and she does everything regarding human resources. Born in 1981 in Managua, she attended the university where she studied accountancy, but was drawn into the travel business because of the dynamics involving traveling. Her favorite holiday spot in Nicaragua is San Juan del Sur, she loves to dance (especially the Merengue), likes to read a good book and hike in the nature.




Oscar GutiérrezFloris Weebers
Sales & Marketing Supervisor
Floris (Breda, 1972) is responsible for international sales and marketing. His reason to live in Nicaragua is a classic one: love is what drew him to this beautiful place.  He visited Japan, Indonesia and most countries in Eastern Europe, and his favorite spot in Nicaragua is Rio San Juan. Next destination: Brazil. Floris is a walking film-database, reads a lot, loves food (you can mail him if you find nice Pad Thai in Nicaragua) and above all, loves playing with his little daughter.




Oscar GutiérrezEvelyng Palma
Marketing / Communication
Evelyn is born in 1989 in Managua, she holds a degree in Tourism and is a natural born nature lover. Like many people, she loves the beaches, especially those around San Juan Del Sur. If you give her a blanco ticket, she will travel to France because she thinks that la Douce France must be the most romantic country in the world. The Musée d'Orsay and the Eiffel tower will be on top of her to-do list. We are a bit curious what she will think about goat cheese, because she is digging Gallo Pinto…




Oswaldo MartínezLigia López :
Everybody loves Ligia here at Vapues. Born in 1983 in La Concha (near Masaya), she keeps the office in Managua immaculate, makes lemonade when we are thirsty, cooks excellent food when we are hungry and makes coffee when we need to wake up. Talking about food: if there is a ‘Masterchef Nicaragua’, she will win. Blindly. She still lives in La Concha, she will never leave her home for another place, and is a devote church-goer. She is a family woman: going out with her husband and son is what she really enjoys. Maybe, very maybe she will go the States one day for a holiday, but if not she will still remain the happy person we know.



Fredde OrtegaMajiori Caceres
Operations Rio San Juan
Marjiori is our woman in San Carlos, from where she does all the operations in the Rio San Juan Region. Born in 1981 in Chinandega (near Leon) Marjiori studied English and started to work for Vapues in 2011. She also works for AguaTrails, a subsidiary of Vapues Tours, for whom she arranges trips to Costa Rica. She loves to be in Granada, Jinotepe and her very own Rio San Juan, and her favorite spots outside Nicaragua are Europe, Egypt and India. Like to sing? Marjiory too. As well as reading and jamming on her guitar.






Fredde OrtegaMaria H. Rocha
Office Manager Granada / Sales
Maria H. Rocha (born in Granada) is based in Granada, where she manages the centrally located Vapues Tours Service Point. She attends our clients in Granada and organizes all local operations. In addition she elaborates tailor-made quotations and handles the accounts of some of our European clients with focus on the French market. Besides running our office in Granada, she is an invaluable source of information for both our clients and staff.  She is working for Vapues for 1,5 years, but have 8 years experience in the travel-branch. On a personal note she likes to travel, and to see a play at the local theatre. Maria H. Speaks Spanish, English, French and is about to embark on a course in Portuguese.  Maria holds a BsC in Archaeology Culture.


Rene MenaRene Mena:
Senior Guide / Sales

Rene has 2 boys aged 4 and 1, knows a lot about Nicaragua’s national history, culture, flora and fauna and he makes an excellent tour guide for the Granada and Masaya area, but he also has in-depth knowledge of more remote areas like Rio San Juan, Solentiname and Isla de Ometepe. Besides tour guiding Rene assists with local sales and marketing. Before joining the Vapues-team, he was a lawyer. Preferring to work in the beautiful nature of Nicaragua and with people from all over the world, Rene quit his job as a lawyer and became a tourguide. He is addicted to watching TV, playing with his sons and digesting the books of the famous author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He would love to travel to Madagascar and Peru if he wins the lottery.



Oswaldo MartínezMeyling Nicaragua
Sustainability / Operations
Born in Diriomo near Granada in 1986, Meylin assist in all the operations in Granada, and is also responsible for Sustainable Tourism and in charge of transport and accounting in our Granada office. Her favorite spots on earth are Rio San Juan in Nicaragua, Quebec in Canada and El Valle de Anton in Panama. After work, she loves to dance with her friends. But her biggest dream is to build a nice house for her and future family.




Ninoska PeraltaJuan Cabrera
Driver Granada
Our proud driver in Granada. He likes to know new places around Nicaragua and the world. Juan is 43 years old, very friendly and he has 27 years experience as a driver, of which 9 with tourists. He knows all the destinations in the whole of Central America, and claims that he knows all the roads, avenues, dirt roads and everything that fits a car in Nicaragua. He has 3 Sons.






Fredde OrtegaKatherine Torrez
Operations / Sales 
Born in Leon (1990), Katherine is the most junior member of the Vapues-family and is based in our office in Leon. She graduated in Tourism on the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua, León, and she is now learning German. Katherine is responsible for the local marketing and operations in Leon and she is also cashier. On a personal note, she loves watching comedies and theatre, reading books and listening to music at home. She hopes to travel to Europe for her honeymoon in the future, and her favorite places in Nicaragua are Granada, Ometepe and Selva Negra, near Matagalpa. Her ambition is to improve her English and to work with tourists at Vapues.




Restaurante La Marseillaise 1c. Sur, 1/2 c. arriba, casa # 6. Managua, Nicaragua | Aptdo. Postal No. A -10 Managua
Tel:+(505) 2270-1936
E-mail: info@vapues.com


Address: Blue house next to Cathedral, Central Park, Granada
Tel:+(505) 2552-4835 | +(505) 8408-0131
E-mail: granada@vapues.com

Address: North side of the Church Laborio, in front of Casa Cural, León - Nicaragua
Tel:+(505) 2315-4099 | +(505) 85397430
E-mail: leon@vapues.com