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Alianza Mesoamericana de Ecoturismo

Join us for an awesome mountain bike race through the cloud forests and shade coffee of Northern Nicaragua, March 1, 2013!

Desafio MTB El Diablo-Datanli, Jinotega, Nicaragua

There are three levels with the elite class racing 80 km (50 miles) around and through the spectacular Datanli-El Diablo Nature Reserve. Besides the Quetzales, toucans and Howler Monkeys, this area of Nicaragua produces some of the best organic, shade coffee in the world. Extend your stay and enjoys miles of mountain bike trails, summitting a volcano or two, and recuperating on world-class beaches.

See race map (attached)

US Contact: Mark Willuhn 1-800-682-0584, mark [at] travelwithmea [dot] org
Nicaragua Contact: Felipe Zeas, fzeas [at] yahoo [dot] com

This event is supported by the Mesoamerican Ecotourism Alliance, a non-profit sustainable tourism organization using sustainable tourism as a conservation tool.

Read more about Alianza Mesoamericana de Ecotourism...

The Alianza Mesoamericana de Ecoturismo (AME) is a regional sustainable tourism non-profit incorporated as a 501c3 in the US. AME is composed of members in Southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. AME has its US office in Boulder, Colorado, and regional office in Managua, Nicaragua.

The mission of AME is to protect wildlands of globally significant biological diversity by building local capacity through the development and promotion of sustainable tourism as a means for supporting conservation efforts in Mesoamerica, linking these resources to regional and international markets, and monitoring and mitigating impacts of visitation. We are implementing our mission in Natural Reserve Datanli-El Diablo through an integrated trail system that links four communities with opportunities to have a 4 to 5 day excursion overnighting in a different community each night. Similar to a hut-to-hut system except staying in accommodations that vary from simple cabañas, ecolodge, safari tents, to ecoalbuerque. These are managed and operated by local community members, benefiting each community. We have developed hiking, horseback riding, and mountain bike trails, based on appropriate Recreational Opportunity Spectrum (ROS) zoning and Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) indicators and standards. Working with the Nicaraguan government, a Public Use Plan (PUP) was developed and extensive training for community members undertaken over the last 5 years. This is the first community-to-community integrated trail system in the region.

While we believe that the innovative trail system for Nicaragua will international excitement; equally important is creating safe, nature-based experiences for Nicaraguans. In addition to offering a variety of overnight accommodation options, this also includes different price points, half of which are accessible to the national middle class market. In hopes to instill a conservation ethic for young Nicaraguans, we think this expanded trail system could create momentum for other trail systems throughout the country. As more and more local people have high quality nature experiences, their willingness to support conservation efforts will greatly increase.

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