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Are you interested in heart-centered travel?

Be part of our global mission to get clean water access to those in need and join The Waterbearers Travel Team to deliver clean water systems to families in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua is the largest and poorest country in Central America and contains the largest body of freshwater, which is 80% polluted. In this “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes”, one million people do not have access to safe drinking water.

Over the years Nicaragua has had its fair share of natural disasters, political turmoil, and civil unrest. But, the Nicaraguans are resilient, warm and friendly people, and they will capture your heart. Strong folklore, music, and religious traditions, deeply influenced by European culture but enriched by Amerindian sounds and flavors.

Global Service and Self-Expansion

Managua is the bustling capital, where roughly one-quarter of the population lives. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the children of the Fyera Foundation, an organization founded years ago by Waterbearer Ambassador Sheva Carr. Make a magical connection interacting with these children who share their arts, crafts, music, and a space in your heart. The coastal region of Chinandega is where we’ll be hosted by El Coco Loco Resort, a tropical yoga retreat, and surfing paradise. We will work with more children in the high school and families in nearby villages. Important playful work via Waves of Hope Foundation.

Community and Fun & Adventure

Enjoy meeting and traveling with our like-minded community, who choose to travel with a purpose. There will be time to relax, practice yoga, surf, ride horses on the beach, and visit a volcano. You won’t want to miss this exciting adventure. The Waterbearers travel in small groups, so space is limited. If this interests you save the date and sign up below.

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8D/7N $3,100 USD pp | May 20 – 27, 2018 

All-inclusive: Accommodations, meals, and transportation, scheduled activities, cultural exchange program with children and communities), excursions with bilingual guides, plus daily yoga/meditation/movement taught by Shakti Naam instructor and Waterbearer Co-Founder Erin Toppenberg, and clean water system training by The Waterbearers. International Air Travel is not included, surf lessons are optional.

A deposit of $800.00 is required to hold a reservation. Cancellations made prior to 60 days of departure are 50% refundable. No refunds after 60 days (March 22). The Waterbearers reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a trip, due to unforeseen circumstances. Click on the PayPal link below to send your deposit via credit card. 

The Waterbearers Trip Leaders: Erin Toppenberg and Shelley Greenwald.

ACCOMMODATIONS

First night in Managua at the 3-star Hotel Camino Real conveniently located close to the airport. Amenities include 24-hour front desk, outdoor pool, Wifi, restaurant, gym and spa and room service. Deluxe rooms feature two full-size beds.

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4 nights at the tropical Eco Resort El Coco Loco

The resort features palm-thatched cabanas that were designed with comfort and coolness in mind. These eco-friendly cabanas were built using local pine and eucalyptus woods and local palm thatch for the roofs. Each cabana has its own private bathroom and open-air shower — imagine showering under the stars at night — and an Eco-Vita composting toilet to help reduce our water footprint.

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2 nights at the Hilton Princess in Managua.

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TRIP SUMMARY

Upon arrival in Managua, we stay one night to rest from our international flights. Welcome reception and orientation at 7:00 pm.

The next morning after a healthy-hearty breakfast we head to the coast, a 3.5-hour scenic drive of rural landscapes and volcanoes. Lunch will be provided upon arrival at El Coco Loco after we check in. After lunch, we will meet our owner hosts, and learn about our community service work, as well as exciting activities planned.

During our 4 day stay here, we will visit the high school that El Coco Loco’s foundation Waves of Hope built, and meet the children. Many families within the community and neighboring communities do not have access to clean water. Each family home typically has a hand dug well. Some of these provide a decent quantity of water but the majority of them run dry, often up to two months before the end of the dry season. When the rain comes in May, the wells are replenished. However, this often causes a secondary and, in many cases, much larger issue: the contamination of the wells with both human and livestock waste. This leads to a variety of serious stomach and health ailments often causing severe weight-loss and in some of the worst cases even death. We will visit some of these local villages and deliver our clean water systems and training.

There will be time to relax and enjoy the sun and the surf, and welcome the much-needed rain if it happens! We will rise to the sun and practice Shakti Naam yoga, or just go with the flow. There are plenty of activities including paddle boarding, surf lessons, horse riding or just relax by the pool or walk on the beach.

On the 6th day after breakfast and check out, we head back to Managua to visit with the SunFlower Kids, children of the Fyera Foundation“From the beginning, our vision at Sunflower SunPower Kids was not just to help impoverished children in Nicaragua, but to empower kids to empower one another. We hope to show affluent children in developed nations that their care is powerful and can make a difference in the world.” – Sheva Carr, Founder.

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FAQS

Do I need a visa? No, but holders of US, Canadian, British, Australia, New Zealand and most European countries will pay $10 for a tourist card on arrival. A valid Passport with minimum 6-months before expiration date from the time you travel.

Do I need vaccinations to enter Nicaragua? Some vaccines are recommended by both WHO and CDC. but check with your travel doctor or https://www.passporthealthusa.com/destination-advice/nicaragua/

Can I pay for this trip with a credit card? Yes, we accept PayPal, or you can write a check to The Waterbearers, Inc.

Are credit cards accepted in Nicaragua? Credit cards are widely accepted in the cities and towns, but we will be traveling in rural areas so bring cash.

What is the currency? Nicaraguan Córdoba C$ (NIO) $1 = C$30. But American dollars (USD) are widely accepted as cash. But having the local currency for stores, taxis, and tips, especially in the countryside.

What is the capital of Nicaragua? Managua and that is where you will fly to The Augusto Sandino (Managua) International Airport (MGA). Please note there is a $10 tourism tax you will have to pay upon entering Nicaragua (not included).

Can I drink the water? Drinking tap water is not advised. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Bring your own water bottle with filtered water. Also, avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.

Is there Internet available at our hotels? Internet will be available in Managua, but El Coco Loco does not offer wireless Internet to guests. If you must connect we recommend you buy a Dongle for about $30, these can be purchased at the airport from the Claro booth.

Is there a bar at the hotels? Yes, you may purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

What languages are spoken in Nicaragua? Spanish and British English.

When is the best time to travel to Nicaragua? There are 3 distinct regions in Nicaragua: The Pacific Coastal region; The north-central mountains; and the Caribbean lowlands, also known as Mosquito Coast. Temperature and rainfall vary depending on the region. Typically, the dry season is from December to May. We will be in the Northern part of Nicaragua on the Pacific coast.

Is tipping common in Nicaragua? Gratuities are an accepted part of the travel business for tours, hotels, and restaurants, but generally, locals do not tip for everyday services.

Do I need Travel Insurance? Travel Insurance is required for you to participate on this trip. Please be sure you check with your international medical insurance plan or be sure you are covered for both medical emergency and flight cost due to change in schedule or cancellation beyond our control.