Join us on a unique visit of this iconic, historic, and volcanic nation, where you’ll see and learn about TWP’s long-time partnership with local NGO Proleña while visiting project sites across the country.
On the trip, you will see how clean cookstoves are designed, manufactured, and used, meander through a shade grown coffee farm, visit the colonial cities of León and Granada, and a nearby coastal mangrove reserve, and be some of the first to see our evolving Tierra Verde Climate Education Center in La Paz Centro, opening this yea.
The tour is one week long, and promises to be educational, fun and action-packed.
Cost: $1,750 (Cost includes meals, lodging, in-country transportation, park fees, and guiding. Does not include cost of airfare to Managua, Nicaragua.)
Length: 7 days, Sunday May 20 - Sunday May 27, 2018
Group Size: 8-10 participants
Lodging: Select mid-range hotels in Managua, León, and Granada, Nicaragua, based on shared rooms
Weather: Hot and humid (mid – upper 80s) potentially rainy.
Difficulty: Program involves travel in urban Central America, stays in furnished and air-conditioned hotels, and moderate hiking.
This is a sample itinerary. Subject to change up until one month before departure.
Arrive to the Managua International Airport in Nicaragua’s famous capital, and be enthusiastically greeted by your Trip Leaders, Gemara Gifford, International Director at Trees, Water & People, and Valentina de Rooy, Nicaraguan-local and Program Consultant. Take private transportation to your hotel in Managua, where you will spend the next two nights; get ready for a fun week with the group
Rise and shine to the beautiful Nicaraguan weather in May, a tranquil time just before the rainy season. Enjoy the fruit-of-the-season and delicious coffee at breakfast while your trip leader walks you through the activities for the week (vanilla farms, volcanoes, colonial cities, project and community visits, oh my!). After breakfast, we will head to Trees, Water & People’s project partner’s headquarters in Managua, PROLEÑA, where they are designing, manufacturing, and delivering clean cookstove technology across the country. After lunch, we will visit a few urban families who were beneficiaries to these stoves to see what impact they have had in their lives. We will close the day with by eating an authentic Nicaraguan dinner on the waterfront of Lake Managua, Salvador Allende.
Pack your bags and get ready to visit the Pacific Dry Corridor of Nicaragua! Our first stop will be in La Paz Centro at the Tierra Verde Climate Change Education Center, a collaboration between Trees, Water & People and Proleña. Be some of the first to learn about the Center’s activities, and its importance in helping Nicaraguans adapt to and mitigate climate change. Enjoy lunch at the famous, Comedor La Paz Centro, and gear up for a shocking visit to the city’s Kiln Operations, where high volumes of fuelwood and topsoil are unsustainably used to generate products for the ceramic industry. Close the day by aweing over the volcano views, and checking in to your hotel in the famous colonial town of León where we’ll spend the next three nights. León is a known as being one of the coolest colonial towns in Central America!
Take the morning off to explore the colonial town of León on your own, touring the amazing Cathedrals, coffee shops, and markets. We’ll meet up for lunch at your Trip Leader’s favorite spot, and spend a half-day planting trees with community members at the Tierra Verde Climate Change Education Center, as well as observing a workshop on-site about improved kilns and cookstoves
Early departure to tour the beautiful Mangroves of Isla Juan Venado, and the Las Peñitas Coastal Community. Enjoy being on a 2-hour guided boat tour through the gorgeous, but endangered mangrove habitat and see dozens of wild bird species, and interesting mangrove critters. Lunch on shore, and head back to León to relax for the afternoon. We’ll enjoy dinner at your Trip Leader’s favorite spot, and have a group reflection about the week’s activities so far.
Enjoy your last moments in sunny León over breakfast, and get ready to head into the hills, into the famous lakeside town of Granada. After we check into our Ecohotel, we will make our way to the gorgeous Bird-Friendly Certified Coffee Farm, Gaia Estate, where we will learn about the sustainable agriculture on-site including vanilla agroforestry, turmeric farming, and of course, shade-grown coffee. Enjoy a premier coffee tasting with the Farm Owner, Jefferson Shriver, enjoy a fresh farm lunch, and gear up for a medium-paced hike around the farm. We’ll close out the day by appreciating the beautiful sunset views from the Gaia Estate Guest House, and head to Grenada for the evening.
Have you ever seen a volcano, swam in a lake, and gone zip-lining all in one day? We’ll have various options for you to enjoy the last day of your tour, as Granada could never disappoint! We will close out the day out with a final group “despedida” dinner with Trees, Water & People and Proleña staff, and celebrate our accomplishments during the week.
Departure day! Enjoy a group reflection over breakfast, exchange memories and favorite photos, and get ready for an early departure at the Managua International Airport. Relish with your new friends on this one-of-a-kind experience as you make your way home. Until next time!