Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America, located between Honduras and Costa Rica and between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. The Pacific region is the most populated and holds natural beauties like Lake Cocibolca (home to Ometepe Island) and Lake Managua. The Caribbean region - on the Atlantic side - is home to 20% of the population with tropical forests and lagoons. 39% of Nicaragua's surface is covered by forests, including rainforest reserves with a rich biodiversity of birds and native wildlife. Nicaragua's weather has 2 seasons every year: Summer (or dry season) from November to April, and rainy (or green) season May to October. Nicaragua's culture is very easy going yet lively. Nicas (an affectionate short for "nicaraguans") are friendly and welcoming, and are very proud of the country's heritage and traditions. The country's civil society is very active and organized, considered one of the most organized in the Americas. The local economy relies heavily in agriculture and cattle raising (22% of GDP). Crops with highest productivity include coffee, tobacco, peanuts, bananas and sugar. Small farmers are dedicated to the production of coffee, corn, and beans for local consumption. Dairy products, processed meat, fish, and poultry provide a significant contribution to the national economy. Communications, real state, and tourism have grown steadily in recent years and are considered key areas of opportunity for the country's development.
El Perezoso is a community tourism agency that started four years ago in Leon from a multicultural group with the objective to promote community and rural tourism in Nicaragua.
Their goal is to provide unique experiences to travelers and provide a positive footprint to the communities they work with. They want to show wonderful non-touristy places that you would never discover on your own and introduce you to the rural communities they work with and their rich heritage.
According to Matilde, one of the El Perezoso founders, their philosophy is perfectly described as: A journey of discovery is not looking for new paths, but having new eyes - Marcel Proust
Doña Lupe and her family live in the community of El Tambo in Tola Rivas. Surrounded by natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna they enjoy sharing their livelihoods with people who visit their farm and teach you about the functionality of a rural farm in a sustainable and community setting.
Berna Flores loves nature, and when she started her own business she was inspired by her experiences visiting a family farm every weekend where she became fascinated by the diversity of plants available in Nicaragua. She is now an expert on trees and plants that grow locally. Her motivation was always to replicate the landscapes she had seen in her very own garden, but the lack of a wide space became a challenge. This gave her the idea to start a miniature forest in her home with bonsai trees and exotic plants and she became so passionate about it that it turned into a business: Epifania.
Aymara is from Managua and is the owner of the small business: Madreselva. She and her team develop innovative products with original formulas that are handmade, organic, and environmentally friendly. Their aspiration is to support the local economy, to contribute towards their customer's wellness and health, and at the same time protect the environment. Madreselva is located in a residential area on the southern edge of Managua. They make all of their products on site.
Eva comes from a family that has worked in coffee for many generations. She started Cafe Las Marias to offer specialty coffee from bean to cup. Their mission is to offer consumers an authentically Nicaraguan coffee experience and offer multiple methods of infusion, not just the espresso machine that is offered in typical coffee shops. In our shop we keep an open concept where you can see everything from the roasting to the preparation of our coffees.