Coffee ready for roasting at a cooperative. Photo © Elizabeth Perkins.

La Ruta de Café: Nicaragua’s Coffee Cooperatives

Both international coffee merchants and café-turistas can travel a circuit of coffee cooperatives scattered through the mountains of Jinotega, Matagalpa, and the Segovias. As a participant in this Ruta de Café, you can stay for a couple of hours or a couple of days, living and eating meals with the families, picking coffee, and learning about all stages of the process.

Finca Bona Fide. Photo © Peter Abrahamsen, licensed Creative Commons usage.

Alternative Tourism on La Isla de Ometepe

There are numerous opportunities to support everyday Nicaraguans with your tourism dollars on La Isla de Ometepe. From long-standing solidarity partnerships to sustainable agriculture work and research projects, Ometepe awaits those looking for something a little different.

Explore verdant valleys in Colombia's coffee region.

Colombia’s Economy

Colombia has a thriving market economy based primarily on oil, mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Growth over the past decade has been a robust, placing it solidly as a middle-income country. Here’s a brief look at the country’s economic history, with a more in-depth focus on developments and policies in the last two decades.

A worker walks down a row in a Nicaraguan bean field.

The Economy of Nicaragua

Two successive governments have had to jump-start the Nicaraguan economy from a standstill, but despite their significant efforts, it remains the second poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. Learn about the problems the country still faces, from unemployment to massive debt, and continuing efforts to relieve them.

Plaza Nariño, Pasto's main plaza. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Visit Pasto and Laguna La Cocha

Many people overlook unassuming Pasto, set in the verdant Valle de Atriz with the deceivingly gentle, sloping Volcán Galeras watching over it. But both it and the stunning Nariño countryside deserve your time and attention. Spend your time visiting museums and sights that will keep you intellectually stimulated for more than a couple days, and make sure you take the delightful excursion to Laguna La Cocha.

If you still think that pineapples grow underground or on a tree, take a tour of a pineapple plantation in Upcountry Maui.

Maui Upcountry Tours

If you’re looking for a tour in Upcountry Maui that gives you a real connection to the land, try one of these. You won’t find packed tourbuses and by-rote talks here: instead you’ll find informative, intimate, and even personalized experience.

A dragon boat filled with oarsmen wearing Viking helmets.

Summer Festivals in Vancouver

There are many festivals that take place during the summer in Vancouver. From Bard on the Beach to the Steveston Salmon Festival, learn more about the exciting events in and around the city.