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 – Attend a discussion forum with women leaders from different parts of country. Hear their about their experiences, triumphs, and struggles, and get the chance to ask them questions. After lunch with these amazing women, visit a women’s cooperative that makes tropical seed jewelry. 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 – 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, visit the nearby city of Matagalpa, do some shopping, and take a tour to learn about how the Contra war affected the region of Nicaragua. Upon returning to San Ramón, enjoy your last dinner with your host family and attend a farewell party in the park.
Day 7 – In the morning, say goodbye to your friends in San Ramón and head to Managua, where do a tour of historic sites in the nation’s capital. Finish up by the pool at the Best Western next to the airport to catch your flight out the following morning.Join this Ecotour