Nicaragua

Art Experience and Cultural Immersion

Level

Easy

Duration

12 days

Nicaragua, set between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, is a Central American nation known for its dramatic terrain of lakes, volcanoes and beaches. Vast Lake Managua and the iconic strato volcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life.

The northern Nicaragua is perfect for eco-tourism and coffee. Some farms were recently recognized as the best coffee plantation in the world. These areas possess rich volcanic soils, a humid tropical forest climate, and lush vegetation, including a great variety of lichens, moss, ferns, and orchids.

This area means ‘let’s go up to the beautiful mountains’.

Facts:

Activities: art experience, Spanish classes, cultural sightseeing, cultural immersion, hiking, volunteering

Our operation:

All Rahhalah’s ground handlers and guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.

Sustainability:

We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.

All our local guides and staff are properly employed and adequately equipped. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.

As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01- 2nd August 2017: Arrival Nicaragua ( D)

Arrival in Managua at the international airport. Upon arrival meet our tour representative who will assist you in transfer and lodgment.

Welcome and brief orientation to health and safety guidelines. General program review. Workshop on inter-cultural communication.

Dinner in a restaurant in Managua.

Overnight stay at hotel in Managua.

Day 02 - 3rd Aug 17: Managua city tour and time to buy art supplies. Visit one of the most famous art gallery and the national art school. ( B, L, D)

7:00am Breakfast at the Hotel in Managua.

8:00am Visit to the Ortiz Gurdián Art Foundation.

11:45am Art supplies shopping time at the shopping centre.

1:00pm Lunch in a local restaurant in Managua.

2:00pm Visit to the Rodrigo Peñalbas National Art School and the National Palace of Culture. Cultural exchange with the art students.

4:30pm Time to paint – Natural landscape: Salvador Allende Port in the old city center of Managua.

7:00pm Dinner in a restaurant in Managua.

Overnight stay at hotel in Managua.

Day 03 - 4th Aug 17: Visit to Masaya volcano and the colonial city of Granada ( B, L, D)

7:00am Breakfast at the Hotel in Managua.

8:00am Tour to the Volcano Masaya national park to admire this beautiful active volcano. We can peek over the edge at the volcano, and look into the impressive crater.

10:00am Visit to Granada. This is one of the most important and most visited destinations in Nicaragua. This city still preserves original historic colonial center. Check in at the hotel.

1:00pm Lunch in a popular buffet in Granada.

3:00pm After lunch we take a city tour on horse-drawn wagon to the most important sites and then a charming boat tour along the small islands of Lake Nicaragua located on the banks of the majestic Mombacho Volcano.

7:00pm Dinner in a restaurant in Granada.

Overnight stay at hotel in Granada.

Day 04 - 5th Aug 17: Granada and its beautiful surroundings ( B, L, D)

7:30am Breakfast at the Hotel in Granada.

8:00am Time to paint: Culture and landscape in Granada: Market, Central park, Cocibolca lake, Churches.

10:00am Visit to Casa de los Tres Mundos Foundation (Three worlds house).

12:00am Transfer to Masaya.

1:00pm Lunch at a local and popular restaurant in Masaya.

2:00pm Visit the lookout point of El Mirador de Catarina which offers a spectacular view of the enormous Lake Apoyo, Granada City and Mombacho Volcano.

3:30pm Transfer to Matagalpa.

6:00pm Welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Matagalpa.

Check in and overnight stay at hotel in Matagalpa.

Day 05 / 6th Aug 17: Introduction to Spanish classes and Matagalpa northern city tour ( B, L, D)

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel in Matagalpa.

8:30am Introduction to the Spanish School program, split the group into sub-groups for the Spanish Classes. 3 hours group Spanish classes.

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant in Matagalpa.

2:00pm Matagalpa City Tour. This tour tells us about the history, food customs, individuality of the people, economy, transportation system, history of the revolution, coffee production, about the immigrants in Matagalpa and general aspects of the Nicaraguan culture. A good time to see what would you like to paint tomorrow morning.

6:30pm Dinner at a local restaurant in Matagalpa.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Matagalpa.

Day 06 - 7th Aug 17: Spanish classes, time to paint, southern city tour and Puppet Theater as a tool of social action ( B, L, D)

7:00am Breakfast at the hotel in Matagalpa.

8:00am Spanish classes.

10:00am Time to paint – Daily happenings of town and culture: We offer three options: Rubén Darío Central park, Morazán Central Park and the public Marketplace.

12:30pm Lunch at a local restaurant in Matagalpa.

2:00pm 2 hours group Spanish classes.

4:00pm Meet the home-stay families and move into your hosting family’s house.

6:30pm Dinner at the home-stay families.

Overnight stay at the home-stays families in Matagalpa.

Day 07 - 8th Aug 17: Spanish classes, visit to a local painting school, cultural immersion activity and time to paint ( B, L, D)

7:00am         Breakfast at the home-stay families in Matagalpa

8:00am        3 hours group Spanish classes and cultural immersion activity with the teachers: Games exchange.

12:30pm      Lunch at the home-stay families in Matagalpa.

2:00pm       Cultural immersion activity: Nicaraguan folkloric dance classes and cultural exchange with students at the National University UNAN.

4:00pm        Time to paint: Dancing typical clothing at the university.

6:30pm       Dinner at the home-stay families in Matagalpa.

Overnight stay at the home-stays families in Matagalpa

Day 08 - 9th Aug 17: Spanish Lesson , visit an art school and visit Social organization for volunteer work ( B, L, D)

7:00am      Breakfast at the home-stay in Matagalpa.

8:00am       3 hours group Spanish classes in the morning.

11:00am    Visit to the El Renacimiento art school. Talk with the founder and share with the art students (most of them kids and teenagers).

12:30pm    Lunch at the home-stay families.

2:30pm      Volunteer time painting with kids in different social organizations divided into small groups (Infancia sin Fronteras Fundation, La Amistad Public School, La Chispa library).

6:30pm     Dinner at the home-stay families.

Overnight stay at the home-stays families in Matagalpa.

Day 09 - 10th Aug 17: Spanish lessons, cultural immersion activity ( B, L, D)

7:00am        Breakfast  at home stay families in Matagalpa.

8:00am        3 hours group Spanish classes.

11:00am      Farewell meeting and evaluation with the Spanish teachers.

12:30pm     Lunch at the home-stay families.

2:00pm        Cultural immersion activity: cooking classes Nicaraguan food. We will cook two Nicaraguan dishes.       

3:30pm      Time to paint: Nicaraguan food – vegetables – fruits    

6:00pm        Activity to share with the families:  we will share what we cooked with the home-stay families.

Overnight stay at the home-stays families in Matagalpa

Day 10 - 11th Aug 17: Indigenous Community and coffee cooperative: visit to the weavers and rural home-stay at La Corona. ( B, L, D)

6:30am        Breakfast at home stay families

7:15am       Visit to the Indigenous Community El Chile. Visit to the group of weavers. Their history, discussion about financial autonomy through small business. Visit to the public school and public health center at the community.

10:00am       Time to paint – The indigenous weavers.

1:00pm       Lunch at the community with a local family.

2:30pm        Transfer to the rural community La Corona.

3:30pm       Visit the Coffee cooperative at La Corona. Talk about economic empowerment through tourism. Learn about the economic and social benefits that this coop represents, and we will address issues such as certifications, marketing, women cooperatives, and the environmental impacts of producing coffee.

6:00pm       Dinner at the Corona cooperatives members and transfer back to Matagalpa.

Overnight stay at the home-stays families in Matagalpa

Day 11- 12th Aug 17: Eco-tourism at Selva negra: Travel to El Porvenir to visit a couple whom run the eco-hotel: Aguas del Arenal ( B, L, D)

6:30am       Early breakfast at the home stay families

7:45am       Tour at the eco-farm La Hammonia in Selva Negra.

10:30am      Two hours hiking through the rain cloud forest in the natural reserve El Arenal

12:30pm      Lunch at Casa La Orquídea and Time to paint – Natural landscape: Natural Reserve El Arenal – Rainforest’s countryside.

3:00pm      Transfer back to Matagalpa.

4:00pm      Free time to explore and say goodbye to your hosting city.

6:30pm     Dinner at the home-stays families Matagalpa.

Overnight stay at the home-stays families in Matagalpa

Day 12 - 13th Aug 17: Departure ( B)

Breakfast and time to thank and say goodbye to the home-stay families.

Meeting to say goodbye and final reflection and evaluation about the program in Matagalpa.

Orientations before departure (Activities depending on the flight timings).

Drive to the airport in Managua to board flight back home

2429 USD

per person in a group  of min 8 pax.

Trip Dates

2 August 2017

We will participate in the plays according to the Cultural Programme in the city

This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.

All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.

This includes:

  • All transportation
  • All meals as described ( B, L, D)
  • Venue for meetings and lectures
  • All accommodations as described
  • One accompanying guide for all activities / One interpreter for lectures if needed.
  • Volunteer organization and any supplies needed.
  • Entrance fees
  • Payments and/or donations to social organizations
  • Guest speaker fees
  • Nicaraguan taxes and operating costs

This excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single Supplement
  • Art Suplies
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses

Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.

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