Tentative Itinerary (SUBJECT TO CHANGE):
Day 1 – Arrive at Managua airport where you are met by our guide, a driver and chartered bus. Dinner at sunset at award winning Finca Esperanza Verde Ecologe (FEV) with view across the Dariense Mountain Range. Local staff introduce themselves and welcome group. (You can learn more about FEV at their website: www.fincaesperanzaverde.com.)
Day 2 – Tour FEV’s organic coffee plantations and worm composting area. You’ll get a chance to talk to some of the women who pick coffee during this season, and learn about the role coffee plays in how they support their families. Visit a coffee farm and meet the farmer and his family. Coffee cupping (tasting). In the afternoon, learn to make tortillas and roast coffee in the traditional way. In the evening, enjoy listening to local folk musicians performing around a campfire.
Day 3 – Visit La Chispa School built with income from tourism. Talk to the mothers of the children who take turns cooking the children’s lunch everyday. Learn how they are involved in their children’s education. After lunch, say goodbye to your friends at FEV and head to the town of San Ramón. Arrive in San Ramón and meet your guesthouse family. Two guests stay with each family. Visit town of San Ramón. Visit craft market where primitivist style paintings by local youth are sold. Dance class in the evening.
Day 4 – Visit Los Pipitos Center for children with disabilities, and learn how one woman single-handedly transformed the way parents in this rural area see disability. Then attend a handmade paper demonstration by a women’s cooperative. In the afternoon, you will meet with another women’s cooperative that makes tropical seed jewelr. In the evening, enjoy a traditional dance performance by young children at the library.
Day 5 – Visit an indigenous weaving community and talk to the women there who revived their age-old practices after decades of repression under the Somoza dictatorship. In the afternoon, learn about the history of San Ramón with Doña Marina, whose grandparents founded the county of San Ramón. Learn how to make traditional nacatamales in the evening, followed by dinner with music.
Day 6 – Depart early for Mulukuku, a remote community that is the home of one of Nicaragua’s most famous women’s cooperative. Arrive at the center for lunch, and then in the afternoon, enjoy a roundtable discussion with the women of the cooperative to learn about their amazing history and the wonderful work they continue to do.
Day 7 – In the morning, take a tour of the town of Mulukuku, ending with an outdoor lunch overlooking a lake. Say goodbye to your friends in Mulukuku, and head to Managua, where you will stay in the Best Western next to the airport to catch your flight out the following morning.Join this Ecotour