With funding from the Norwegian government, the local development organization FADCANIC set up an agricultural/forestry project on the shores of the Wawashang River. The project’s goal is to stimulate the participation of men and women in the development of sustainable agricultural systems within the forested area. The center is open for visitors who can take a look around and learn more about the organization’s efforts. There are even options for lodging in a simple but beautiful environment.
At the site many different tropical fruits and vegetables are grown. Bananas, passion fruit, peppers, and cassava can all be found here. Coconut trees are also grown on-site, and there are hundreds of chickens and roosters as well as other farm animals like pigs.
Additionally, children from nearby rural areas are taught on the same location. Visitors are told about the process of growing and harvesting the fruits and vegetables, and are given information about this initiative.
Prices and practical information
The center is located about an hour and a half from Pearl Lagoon. A visit to the Wawashang project can be perfectly combined with a visit to the Wawashang Natural Reserve or the indigenous villages in the area. These attractions can all be visited during a one day-trip. The price for such a trip consists of a flat fee for the boat rental and a per-person fee for food and other services. The price for a boat that can hold up to ten people is around $220, depending on the gasoline, and the additional fee per person is around $5. These trips can be arranged in Pearl Lagoon at hotels or with fishermen.
Getting to: Pearl Lagoon
A lot of the transportation in the area is done by boat, but since 2007 Pearl Lagoon can also be reached over land. There is a dirt road that goes from El Rama to Kukra Hill, which then leads to the town of Pearl Lagoon. This road is in fair condition and the easiest way to get to Pearl Lagoon coming from the main land. This way, it takes seven hours to get here from Managua by car. Public transportation options include an air conditioned bus from the Mayoreo Market in Managua which leaves in the evening, followed by taking a bus that leaves every afternoon at 3PM from El Rama. This bus returns in the morning at 6 AM, and does the El Rama-Pearl Lagoon journey in three hours. An alternative is taking a boat from Bluefields, which is a one hour boat ride. Several boats depart every morning (US$10 one-way trip), and it is a fairly tranquil ride. The boats also pass by other settlements like Kukra Hill along the road.