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NicaVentura SP offers students and parents an opportunity to get a taste of international travel. Students as young as middle school can attend this 10-day trip packed with eco-adventure, historical
tours, authentic language and cultural immersion,
Students who Travel To Learn get first hand
language-rich experiences through meaningful activities which give
them a sense of accomplishment and positive self-worth. While students are immersed in the Spanish language and Latin American culture,
they will learn about history and geography, social and economic justice
issues, environmental issues and experience the power of helping others
through service. There may be formal presentations covering some of these topics as well as time for students to journal and share their experiences.
The adult to student ratio is 1 to 3 with a cap on 10 participants. One parent can take their child and chaperone two other students. This ensures a higher level of emotional support for those who have not spent time away from home or time in another country.
If you would like to have a representative speak to your club, group, or school, please contact Travel to Learn.
Itinerary: This is only a sample itinerary. Activities may change at any time to improve the itinerary. Weather/environmental issues beyond our control may also be a cause for a schedule change.
Arrival on Day 1
• Arrive at the airport, purchase a $5 tourist card, and go through customs. Step outside and look for the Travel to Learn sign. A private transport picks you up at the airport and takes you to Granada. Welcome dinner.
(Day 2-6) Granada: Trips in and nearby Granada may include:
• A historical tour of Granada in horse and buggy – We get a tour of the city and its important monuments, parks, and buildings. During our tour we visit Centro Social Tio Antonio, where the most beautiful hammocks are made by people who are deaf, blind, and/or hard of hearing. You can order your hammock today and it will be done by the time we head home. This is an excellent way to support a local non-profit and learn something from the amazing artists. Inside is also the Cafe de las Sonrisas (the Cafe of Smiles), where the waiters and waitresses may also be deaf, forcing you to use the laminated placard with useful signs.
• A walking canopy tour of Mombacho Volcano Reserve – This is a chance to see monkeys, sloths, and other animals, as well to learn about the incredible biodiversity of this cloud forest. From the top you'll see the 365 isletas (small islands) in the 2nd largest lake in Latin America, Lago Cocibolca, Granada, and almost all of the places you will visit on your tour!
• A tour of Café las Flores – This is an organic coffee plantation on Mombacho Volcano, about half way to the top. After a walking tour and after learning all about the amazing processes taking place here, you'll get to try some amazing coffee. This is also where we have lunch before our zip line tour!
• A zip line tour on Mombacho Volcano – Get clipped into your harness, grab your camera and get ready for a zip line adventure complete with howler monkeys!
• Swim in a volcanic crater lake – Laguna de Apoyo is a lake within a volcanic crater. It's warm, clean, and offers a peaceful spot for the group to relax for the day after a few days of intense program activities. Swim out into the lake and you'll find floating lava rock and just take in the amazing view of the lush crater walls hundreds of feet high.
• Lunch overlooking Laguna de Apoyo – This is no doubt the best view you'll have from a restaurant as you sit above the crater lake and take in views of Lago Cocibolca beyond the laguna. You'll forget you have a delicious plate of food in front of your.
• The old fort in Masaya - This fort was actually used and you'll get to go inside of the jails and halls below ground that now house bats. It's in excellent condition and while learning about the history of Nicaragua, you'll have another incredible photo opportunity from up here.
• Visit pre-Columbian towns of Pueblos Blancos – This is truly a special day as we visit Catarina and San Juan de Oriente where you will have a ceramics presentation by a family. Over ninety percent of the people living here work in ceramics and as you travel throughout Nicaragua and Costa Rica, this is the pottery you will be buying. Today you'll learn from the family how the pottery is still being made just as their ancestors made it many generations ago. You'll also be able to buy directly from them!
• Tour of Masaya's open air market – This is an opportunity to visit an authentic market. Here you'll find anything from pigs feet to hair ties! This is a great time to practice your Spanish to barter!
• A guided tour of Masaya Volcano National Park – It's tough to describe this experience but this is one of the most accessible volcanoes in the world. You can literally look inside of the crater and sometimes see the lava. There is also a cave system, which has thousands of bats!
• Optional possibilities: Movies, Dancing, Live Music, Cultural Events at Casa de los Tres Mundos
(Day 7-8) San Juan del Sur, Pacific Coast
• San Juan del Sur is a perfect place to experience the ocean on many levels. The calm bay is a perfect spot to catch a sunset, dinner on the restaurants built on the beach, and of course swim in the calm waters. Beaches near San Juan del Sur boasts some of the
best surfing around and we will spend a day of boogy-boarding, surfing, and relaxing. If you like seafood, this is the place to be!
(Day 9) Granada, Isletas (small islands)
• Return to Granada and spend the day on our own private island with a pool, kayaks, and chef. We will also have a private boat tour of the isletas (islands on Lago Cocibolca) to see how some locals still live on these little islands. There may also be an opportunity to see plenty of wildlife and to learn about the ecosystem in this amazing part of the lake.
Depart on Day 10
• Early morning and we all take a private shuttle to the airport. Don't forget that you may have to pay an airport exit tax of $32. Your ticket may include this fee but many times it does not. You can use a credit card to pay this fee.
• Typically we have breakfast, head to the service site, work, have lunch, work a little more and are back in Granada well before dinner time. Project may include doing physical labor (painting, cleaning) or working with youth or less fortunate at a school or non-profit. Travel to Learn collaborates with Casa Xalteva, an orphanage in Granada, who connects with the local community to find areas in need. We rely on their expertise for meaningful service work.
• Meals are eaten as a group. In Granada, breakfast is served at the hostel. Lunch and dinner are taken at chosen restaurants in town.