• nicaragua
  • January 2012

Surf, swim and hike on remote beaches and reserves, and build an income-producing community garden

Dates: Jan. 14-22
Price: $2,700 / person - not including the last-minute discount now available

How does it sound to wake up to warm, salty air? Or to spend the morning surfing or hiking and the afternoon soaking in natural hot springs, while feasting on locally sourced, sustainable foods?

Join us in March to the land of Rubén Darío - one of Latin America€™s most revered poets - to explore, surf, swim, hike and horseback ride remote beaches and natural reserves in one of the country's most unspoilt regions. 

expedition route & itinerary

This small-group expedition begins as you land in Managua, where we'll be waiting for you outside baggage claim. Together, we travel overland to an intimate lodge along a remote stretch of pristine beaches and most highly-sought after surf breaks.

We'll spend a couple mornings with surf lessons on one of the most unspoilt, sought after surfing breaks in Central America; we'll horseback ride to an untouched village and experience a way of life far removed from our own; we'll take a sunset hike with bottles of wine, cheese and other light fare to watch the sun go down on a day you won't soon forget; and we'll hop in a ponga (boat) to cruise along the coastline, surfing, swimming and fishing until we reach the Chococente Reserve, the largest nesting beaches of the Olive Ridley turtles and a favorite hangout for Howler monkeys. On top of all of this, we'll also have natural hot springs to soak in and tidal pools to swim in every day at your leisure.

Then we'll rehabilitate an income-producing community garden that provides fruits and vegetables to school children in a rural village outside of Managua, Nicaragua's friendly, pulsating capital city.

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your volunteer project

In partnership with the Fabretto Foundation, the Roadmonkey team will work on the San Isidro village farm renovating and restoring the community garden, which recently suffered from a drought that destroyed it. The community garden is income-producing for the village, serves as a learning lab for the students, and provides much needed fruits and vegetable to Fabretto's school lunch program. 

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what's included in this expedition?

The price for this Nicaragua adventure philanthropy expedition includes full lodging, ground transport, equipment rentals and most meals, save for one or two taken during your free time.

It also includes the planning and development of a hands-on volunteer project that you and your expedition members will complete in three days. International flights are not included in this price.

The expedition begins on Saturday, Jan. 14, when we meet you at the airport in Managua, and concludes the following Sunday, Jan. 22, with an optional drop-off back at the airport.

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lodging & food

Lodging is at superior hotels, inns or guest houses whenever available. Your first 4 nights will be at an intimate inn on the Pacific coast. During the volunteer project, you'll be in a comfortable hotel in Managua only a 10 minute drive to the village where we'll be working.

Food in Nicaragua is classically Central American: plenty of rice, beans, tortillas, tomatoes, meat and fish and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables; seafood by the coast is deliciously plentiful. Vegetarians are well served almost anywhere. 

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your arrival & departure

Expedition members should plan to arrive in Managua no later than 3:30pm on Saturday, January 14 for personal pick up, and depart from Managua beginning on Sunday, January 22. 

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Interested in joining this adventure philanthropy expedition and have additional questions?

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What you are doing has had a huge affect on all of us, internally. Externally, there is a playground where there was none and a bit more hope than there was just a week ago. There are ties forged by the experience that go both ways, and cross oceans, that will never be undone. It's a beautiful thing.
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