and appreciate life, travel, and learning at a slower pace in rural Nicaragua, one of the safest and least traveled countries in Central America. This trip is focused on the knowledge of medicinal plants of rural Nicaraguan farmers and coffee growers. This is a rustic and unforgettable experience in a place where few people travel. Those who do, leave changed forever.
You will spend most of the trip in areas with very little electricity, sparse phone service, and no running water, living in a home stay with rural Nicaraguan farmers. As a result, your will appreciate the challenge, but also the beauty, of their way of life. Arranged activities will include workshops and tours of farms, coffee plantations, and tropical forests, including a cloud forest. You will have ample free time to explore the rural communities and spend time with host families. You will also have time for mindfulness practice, be it yoga, meditation, writing, or other means of reflection.
You should be in good physical shape as the group will do a considerable amount of hiking and walking on farms, pastures, and forests. If you wish to practice yoga, please bring your mat.
Daily Yoga: participate in morning yoga classes to awaken your body and senses.
Medicinal Tea: From rural Nicaraguan farmers, you will learn a variety of medicinal tea recipes using easy to grow herbs and plants.
Organic Coffee: From a women’s organic coffee cooperative, you’ll learn by participating in the traditional process of harvesting, drying, and wood-fire roasting coffee in a rural Nicaraguan home, while also discussing coffee’s medicinal qualities.
Herb Walk: From a local expert, you’ll learn a variety of plants that can be used medicinally while walking his farm and the nearby cloud forest.
Country Living: From a dairy farmer, you’ll learn how to milk a cow the old-fashioned way.
Nicaraguan History: From people who lived it, you’ll learn about the Nicaraguan revolution and civil war which took place during the 1980s.
Homestays: in all of our trips, we strive to provide an immersive cultural experience through direct and intimate interactions with locals. In the Nicaraguan highland countryside, you will stay with a rural family, several people to a house, for a unique, rustic homestay experience.
Journal Exercises: journaling is entirely optional but highly recommended. We carefully craft an in-country “study guide” with interesting themes for each day, coupled with suggested journal topics that ask you to dive deeper into your experience in a foreign country.
Group Discussions: In the evenings after dinner, we will gather as a group to discuss the day’s theme, reflections upon it, and any insights we have about the suggested journal topics or our experiences in general. This type of group discussion offers an opportunity to deepen your experience of the adventure and to teach and learn from others in an effort to build cultural bridges and engender appreciation.
You’ll learn to appreciate rural life with little to no phone, internet, electricity, or running water.
This journey will officially begin on Nov. 3rd at our hotel (TBA) in Managua and will end at 7:00am on Nov. 10th at the hotel also. Most flights to Managua arrive in the evening, although there are a few that get in in the afternoon. The hotel provides a free shuttle, so once we have your flight information, we will arrange the pick up for you. For your departing flight, know that most flights from MGA leave very early (7 or 8am). Again, airport transfer will be provided from the hotel.
Getting to Nicaragua: Please make your own travel arrangements to Nicaragua’s Managua Airport (MGA). The time difference from the United States is only one or two hours, depending on your time zone, so there’s not a huge need to arrive early to get over jetlag. We suggest looking for deals on flights on the following websites:
More travel in Nicaragua: Experience has shown that by the end of our journey together, participants have come to LOVE Nicaragua and feel quite comfortable navigating it on their own; so not surprisingly, they don’t want to leave. We recommend that if you have the opportunity to build a few extra days or weeks into your itinerary, DO IT!
Is Nicaragua safe?
Managua was just named the safest Latin American capital. Violent crime is almost non-existent in Nicaragua. Especially in the highlands, it is very safe.
Is the water safe to drink?
Participants will have bottled or filtered water provided to them. In Managua, you can drink water out of the tap.
Very little…and that’s one of the greatest parts. It’s time to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, slow down, and enjoy where you are!
How much money should I bring?
The program cost includesall meals, lodging in double occupancy accommodations, ground transportation, activities, and guide/translator who will be with the group 24 hours per day during the entire trip.
The journey price does NOT include:airfare, health insurance, $10 tourist visa (paid in cash upon arrival), and personal spending. We suggest you bring about $100USD for gifts, souvenirs, and sundries.
The exchange rate is approximately USD$1 to C$31 (Cordoba). Managua, as the capital has a plethora of ATM’s available, but as we are heading into the countryside, there will not be much access after that point. And United States dollars are accepted everywhere so there is not really a need to exchange currency.
Many banks and credit cards are beginning to offer cards with no travel restrictions and no need to let them know of your travel plans, but PLEASE check your bank’s/credit card’s policies and if necessary, let them know dates that you will be in Nicaragua to avoid having your accounts frozen due to “unexpected activity.”
Citizens of the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and the European Union require just a passport to enter Nicaragua and may stay for up to 90 days. The passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry. Visas can be extended at the Office of Immigration in Managua for $12 a month.
When leaving Nicaragua, you must pay a C700 airport tax, which must be paid in cash in either U.S. dollars or Nicaraguan córdobas. (This is sometimes included in the price of your airline ticket.) There is also a tourist entry fee of C100 that must be paid upon arrival into the country.
Do I need a visa?
Yes. You need a Visa. And you can conveniently get one upon your arrival in Nicaragua for only $10.
Can I bring my medications?
Great, I’m in! What should I pack?
Please bring: yoga mat, journal, pen, head-lamp, pack-towel, alarm clock, watch, comfortable clothing to practice yoga, a warm layer (wool hat, socks, fleece) for cool nights and mornings in the mountains, sun-hat, sunglasses, day-pack or shoulder bag, bathing suit, sleepwear, sunscreen, bus spray, sandals or flip-flops, walking shoes, toiletries, medications, camera.
Don’t bring: anything fancy or valuable – you won’t need it!
Trip Cost: $1480.
Registration closes 30 days in advance of the program start, on Thurs., Oct. 4, 2018.
Early Bird Price: $1380
when paid in full by Sept. 4, 2018
to hold your place. The remaining balance is due 60 days in advance of our departure on Sept. 4, 2018. *Please note: if you would like to pay by credit card, a 2.75% credit card processing fee will be added to your total (~$41)
Price includes: all meals, lodging in double occupancy accommodations, ground transportation, activities, and guide/translator who will be with the group 24 hours per day during the entire trip.
Price does not include: transportation to/from Nicaragua, travel insurance (required), health insurance, $10 tourist visa (paid in cash upon arrival), and personal spending.
*Another note: this adventure is limited to 15 participants and is expected to fill so please register early to secure your place!
Go for IT!
If you still have questions or would like to speak to us more about this journey.