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SURVIVAL RUN Nicaragua


WHEN: March 11, 2017

WHERE: Finca San Juan, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

WHAT: 24-Hour Endurance Survival Race

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SURVIVAL RUN Nicaragua


WHEN: March 11, 2017

WHERE: Finca San Juan, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

WHAT: 24-Hour Endurance Survival Race

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About Survival Run Nicaragua

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SURVIVAL RUNNICARAGUA is an 80km+ Ultra Distance Survival Race on the volcanic jungles of Isla de Ometepe in Nicaragua. The objective of this race is to strip you of all comforts and to put you in true survival mode. The obstacles/challenges are natural and based on the daily survival of the traditional local culture of Nicaragua.  The race starts and finishes at Finca San Juan de la Isla

This is not your average ultra marathon, adventure race or obstacle course. You will not be scaling walls, doing burpees, kayaking or only running for hours on end, but you will be doing things you have never done before!  You will be challenged with climbing, swimming/diving, jungle rivers & lakes, carrying all sorts of things, digging, running brutal terrain, throwing, memorizing, and surviving in this epic event! This race has aggressive cutoffs and requires ultra marathon distance experience. Most of the course and challenges are not revealed until race day; be ready for anything!

Awards for SURVIVAL RUN™ 1st Place Male SOLO, Female SOLO & TEAM categories.

Hold up your right hand and repeat after me: “if I get hurt, lost or die, it is my own damn fault,
— Caballo Blanco

SURVIVAL RUN™ NICARAGUA RULES & THINGS TO KNOW

Applicants must have previous ultra distance experience to be considered for entry!  Accepted applicants will receive a registration link via our Registration System.

General SURVIVAL RUN & TEAM Category Rules HERE

  1. SURVIVAL RUN™ NICARAGUA is hard and dangerous, don't bring your mom and dad. *This race is for big kids.
  2. Complaints will be used against you. *This is not your average hometown race with simulated danger.
  3. Entry is by Application only with limited entry. *Applications are approved and entry is taken on a "first come, first served" basis. 
  4. Previous SURVIVAL RUN participants are also required to use the application process for a future SURVIVAL RUN
  5. Learn to climb trees. *ropes and bars are for gyms.
  6. Runners must be physically able to run over 80km, swim, climb, jump and carry heavy loads.
  7. Learn proper race hydration and nutrition before coming to this race. *No food and water provided on the course.
  8. GPS Devices of any type are not allowed, course maps are not provided. *Course marking in some areas, but mostly runners must be able to follow directions and self-navigate.
  9. Overall Cutoff time for SURVIVAL RUN™ NICARAGUA is 24 hours. **Other cutoff times on the course will be announced pre-race. All cutoff times will be STRICTLY enforced.
  10. Runners who refuse to get off of the course past a cutoff time is immediately disqualified and must hand in their race number.  **If they insist on continuing, they must sign a waiver stating they are no longer under the race jurisdiction and protection.
  11. Runners who wish to drop out of the race must report to the nearest volunteer before doing anything else! **Those who do not respect this rule will be disqualified and banned from racing any future FUEGO Y AGUA ENDURANCE events.
  12. Runners are not allowed to take rides of any sort during the course of the race. **Motorcycles, Bicycles, Cars, Trucks, Horses, Cows, etc. are not allowed!
  13. Runners cannot help each other with challenges or carry loads for each other. Anyone found cheating will be disqualified immediately! 
  14. Throwing trash out on the course is prohibited! *Any runner found leaving trash on the course will be Immediately Disqualified!
  15. Runners cannot receive outside medical aid during race from anyone not in the race.
  16. No crew, friends or family allowed anywhere but in the Start/Finish Area.
  17. Runners must provide their own Adventure Sports Insurance, specific instructions are listed below.
  18. All challenges must be completed to be eligible for any prize and winner's trophy.

SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA GEAR LIST 

2017 Updated List Coming Soon (will not be much different than what is here) 

Gear Check - at Start/Finish - Be ready to lay all of this equipment out in an organized fashion so we can make sure you have all of the required gear. 

We recommend you pack light, cutoffs are aggressive. If you start the race with it, you must carry it all of the way through and finish the race with it!. Marking your gear with your name is recommended. This is Nicaragua, if you have any special dietary needs, reconsider. Each participant, whether TEAM or SOLO category, must have all of the required gear on this list. 

NOT ALLOWED:

  • GPS Devices
  • Cell Phones

Allowed:

  • SPOT Tracker or other type of personal Satellite Tracker
  • GoPro or similar video camera

Recommended:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray 
  • Gloves 
  • Leg & Arm Sleeves

Required:

  1. Your Adventure Travel Insurance Policy covering the 3rd through 6th of February, 2015**A Proof of Coverage Certificate is required before you begin the race. Info is at bottom of this page. 
  2. 1000 Nicaraguan Cordobas in small bills
  3. Water Carrier for at least 2L
  4. 100ft of Paracord (550 cord)
  5. Survival Blanket or Bivvy - We Recommend: SURVIVE OUTDOORS LONGER® ESCAPE LITE™ BIVVY 
  6. First Aid Survival Kit - We Recommend: ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS ULTRALIGHT & WATERTIGHT .7 
  7. Water Purifier - We Recommend: LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
  8. Long Sleeve shirt or Jacket **Volcanoes can get cold and windy very quickly! bring whatever clothing you need
  9. Plenty of Food and Water! **know your race nutrition 100%, you can sometimes trade with locals or buy food at small shops on the course.
  10. Electrolytes **SCaps, Endurolytes, SaltStick, Nuun or what works for you. 
  11. TWO Glowsticks or flashing lights **and method to attach to pack, you MUST wear one at all times when in the dark. 
  12. TWO headlamps (or flashlights) **waterproof is ideal
  13. Extra Batteries
  14. Sharp Machete (18" minimum recommended - handle included) with sturdy sheath and sharpening file, these can be easily sourced in Nicaragua, but need to be sharpened.
  15. TWO Large Grain Sacks **can easily be purchased in any Nicaragua hardware store if you arrive on time, 100lb capacity.

REQUIRED INSURANCE FOR SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA

This insurance needs to cover you during SURVIVAL RUN. You are REQUIRED to carry this Insurance if you are in the race and are not a resident of Nicaragua. Residents of Nicaragua must sign an additional waiver and show their proof of valid  in country medical insurance. If you have similar insurance with our minimum required coverage through another provider and can provide a valid Certificate of Proof, please send it to us AFTER your have completed your Race Application & Registration. 

  1. Visit one of the Websites linked below.  
  2. IMG Insurance Instructions (BEST FOR USA PARTICIPANTS): 
    1. Choose either Patriot Travel Medical Insurance or Patriot Platinum Travel Medical Insurance. This is your choice. 
    2. Purchase no less than $500,000 Maximum Coverage. 
    3. Deductible amount is up to you - remember this is 100% your responsibility! 
    4. YOU MUST choose SPORTS RIDER as Coverage Option. Any additional items are optional. 
    5. Coverage minimum is 5 days, make sure coverage is at least covering Friday March 10 through Sunday March 12, 2017. 
  3. BUPA Insurance Instructions (BEST FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS):
    1. hoose at least a minimum of the DELUXE Plan with with the Personal Accident Coverage. Any more than this is your choice.
    2. Make sure coverage is from Friday March 10 through Sunday March 12, 2017. Any more than this is your choice. 
  4. To Provide your Proof of Insurance to Race Officials:
    1. Up to 48 Hours Before Event only! - Email a PDF or Image to info@fuegoyagua.org. *DO NOT EMAIL YOUR CERTIFICATE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE EVENT. 
    2. Bring Paper Proof of Insurance Certificate with you to Packet Pickup. *WE DO NOT ACCEPT SCREENSHOT IMAGES ON YOUR PHONE AS PROOF OF INSURANCE. 

REGISTRATION POLICIES

  1. Please read through the web page and understand what is included with your race registration very carefully.

  2. While we will be as helpful as is possible, unless advertised on the event description, we do not provide lodging, transportation, reservation support or any other travel related amenities. 

  3. If a runner should require hospitalization he/she MUST provide their own health insurance in order to cover all costs. 

  4. SURVIVAL RUNNERS are REQUIRED to provide their own international travel insurance before participating in an international event. 

  5. If you are looking to register for SURVIVAL RUN, it is by application only. Once your application is approved, you will receive an Invitation Email to register. 
  6. We do not guarantee you a shirt if you register within 30 days of any event. We will do our best to get extra shirts, but can definitely not guarantee your size. 
  7. We do not mail shirts before, during, or after an event. Please make sure you pick your shirt up during the event.
  8. Additional shirts and merchandise may be available for purchase at events. 
  9. We reserve the right to cancel an event due to severe weather or any other severe circumstances (including but not limited to war, terrorism, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, tsunamis). If the race organization makes the decision that continuing the race is dangerous to the runner, we will not guarantee a refund. We will, however, do our best to give a discount or an entry into next year’s event. 
  10. NO REFUNDS at any time whatsoever.  
  11. Race Entries can NOT be transferred over to another runner. 
  12. Race Entries CANNOT be transferred to the following year.
  13. Race Entries CANNOT be transferred to a different event in another location. 
  14. 1st Place Finishers receive automatic free entry into their winning distance for the following year. If a runner wants to run a different distance, they are responsible for any differences in Registration Cost.

DEVIL'S DOUBLE FINISHERS

Started in 2014, the Devil's Double involves finishing both SURVIVAL RUN™ NICARAGUA and the  FUEGO Y AGUA 100KM ULTRA TRAIL RUN within three days of each other. This is not an easy feat and only a small handful of people finish it. 

2014 DEVIL'S DOUBLE Finishers

  1. Nickademus Hollon
  2. Johnson Cruz
  3. "Paco Raptor" 

2015 DEVIL'S DOUBLE Finishers

  1. "Paco Raptor" 
  2. Mark Wheeler

2016 DEVIL'S DOUBLE Finishers

  1. Helene Dumais
  2. Johnson Cruz
  3. Arian Van Helden
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FUEGO Y AGUA NICARAGUA


WHEN: MARCH, 2018

WHERE: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

WHAT: 25KM, 50KM & 100KM TRAIL RUNS

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FUEGO Y AGUA NICARAGUA


WHEN: MARCH, 2018

WHERE: Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

WHAT: 25KM, 50KM & 100KM TRAIL RUNS

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Registration and Dates coming soon for ULTRA TRAIL NICARAGUA! SEE OUR ANNOUNCEMENT HERE!

Incripcion y Fechas vienen pronto para ULTRA TRAIL NICARAGUA, ver nuestro anuncio aquí! 


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If you want to run, run a mile. If you want to experiment with a different lifestyle, run a marathon. If you want to speak with God, run an ultra. If before speaking with God you want to be with the Devil...run FUEGO Y AGUA
— Words of wisdom from a #fya2015 50k finisher

Fuego y Agua ULTRA TRAIL - Nicaragua 25KM, 50KM & 100KM

All Races Start/Finish at Hotel Villa Paraiso on Playa Santo Domingo on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA has a different Start/Finish and Date.

About the 25km TRAIL RUN

The 25KM TRAIL RUN is much closer to 30k and a loop course involving a section of the 100km course. The terrain includes dirt trail, dirt road, sandy beach and technical single track trail.  **a 1 liter (minimum) Hydration Pack is RECOMMENDED!

Awards for 25KM TRAIL RUN Male & Female 1st through 2nd Place. 


About the 50km Ultra TRAIL

The 50KM ULTRA TRAIL is a loop course involving the first half of the 100km course. The terrain includes dirt trail , sandy beach, paved road, very technical single track trail, a chaotic web of Ometepe trees, disappearing trail and mud. The 50KM finish is the halfway point for 100KM runners. The course includes two ascents of Volcan Concepcion! **a 2+ liter (minimum) Hydration Pack is REQUIRED

Awards for 50KM ULTRA TRAIL RUN Male & Female 1st through 2nd Place. 


A North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® qualifier for 3 points and the ultimate ultramarathon challenge! The 100KM ULTRA TRAIL course is an extremely rugged loop course that covers both volcano climbs on Isla de Ometepe! The terrain includes dirt trail, sandy beach, paved road, technical single track trail, and the infamous "jungle gym" section where racers will navigate a chaotic web of Ometepe trees, disappearing trail and deep mud **a 2+ liter (minimum) Hydration Pack is REQUIRED 

Awards for 100KM ULTRA TRAIL Male & Female 1st through 2nd Place.


Course

  • Course is mapped using GPS technology and is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
  • Course is marked with reflectors, flagging, arrows and volunteers at crucial intersections
  • FUEGO Y AGUA ENDURANCE reserves the right to change the course or cutoffs (for safety reasons) at any time. 

Aid Stations

  • Aid Stations (with no cups) are provided for the runners at set distances.
  • Aid Stations located on top of the volcanoes have NO WATER and VERY MINIMAL support, **a 2+ liter (minimum) Hydration Pack is REQUIRED for the 100KM & 50KM ULTRA TRAIL RUNS!
  • The Volcano Aid Stations have experienced guides working the course to ensure safety.
  • Most Aid Stations have water, electrolyte beverages, fruit and snacks (except volcanoes!). 

Race Rules

These rules are here to help everyone have a safe and high quality race. Any runner found violating these rules will be pulled from the race and disqualified immediately.  

  1. WHINERS: This race is for big kids, don't come if you make a practice of whining at races. 
  2. CUTOFFS: Cutoff times are posted on the Aid Station Charts. We will enforce these times strictly! You MUST leave the Aid Station BEFORE the Cutoff for the Station.
  3. AID STOPS: Runners are allowed to stop for aid at non-Aid Station locations such as stores, restaurants, and hostels along the course (it is ideal to carry a bit of money).
  4. Required START Items for 50KM & 100KM ULTRA TRAIL RUNS are: 2+ liter hydration bladder, headlamp with extra batteries and emergency blanket. You CANNOT start without these items. 
  5. PACERS: Pacers are allowed for 100KM ULTRA TRAIL runners only after they have completed 50km. Only one pacer at a time. No mule-ing allowed (pacers cannot carry water and supplies for their runner). Pacers must sign a Waiver!
  6. DROP BAGS: Drop Bags are allowed at the Start/Finish Only. All Drop bags must be in a sturdy marked bag, and visibly tagged as (FYA-STATION NAME-LAST NAME-BIB #). 
  7. RIDES: Runners are NOT allowed to take rides of any sort during the course of the race. Motorcycles, Bicycles, Cars, Trucks, Horses, Cows, etc. are NOT allowed!
  8. DNF-DID NOT FINISH: Runners who wish to drop out (DNF) of the race MUST report to the nearest Aid Station race official immediately. This is imperative! Otherwise we will be out looking for you.
  9. GARBAGE: Throwing trash out on the course is prohibited! Any runner found leaving trash on the course will be Immediately Disqualified! 
  10. SPECIAL NOTE: Runners who drop from the race are not guaranteed a ride back to the start/finish immediately. If near an Aid Station location, runners can ride with the volunteers once the station is packed up. Buses are also available throughout the island. Taxis can be arranged for pickup at the runner's cost.

Things to Know

  1. CUPS ARE NOT PROVIDED on the race course! **Runners must BRING THEIR OWN water container to fill. 
  2. If a runner should require hospitalization he or she must provide their own international travel/health insurance in order to cover the fees. **We strongly recommend each racer to issue an international insurance in their country of origin before traveling abroad.
  3. Trekking poles are allowed.
  4. Sunscreen & bug spray are recommended items. 
  5. Aggressive soles such as those for fell running (Inov-8, Salomon, New Balance etc.) are highly recommended.
  6. Light jackets are recommended for the volcanoes. **temps on volcanoes can get very windy and down in the lower 60's
  7. The course will be marked with white flagging, marking chalk and white arrows on ground. 
  8. Due to changes in climate zones during the course, temperatures can range from 100-60 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Registration Policies

  1. Please read through the web page and understand what is included with your race registration very carefully.

  2. While we will be as helpful as is possible, unless advertised on the event description, we do not provide lodging, transportation, reservation support or any other travel related amenities. 
  3. If a runner should require hospitalization he/she MUST provide their own health insurance in order to cover all costs. 
  4. We strongly recommend each racer to issue an international travel insurance in their country of origin before traveling abroad.
  5. SURVIVAL RUNNERS are REQUIRED to provide their own international travel insurance before participating in an international event. 
  6. If you are looking to register for SURVIVAL RUN, it is by application only. Once your application is approved, you will receive an Invitation Email to register. 
  7. We do not guarantee you a shirt if you register within 30 days of any event. We will do our best to get extra shirts, but can definitely not guarantee your size. 
  8. We do not mail shirts before, during, or after an event. Please make sure you pick your shirt up during the event.
  9. Additional shirts and merchandise may be available for purchase at events. 
  10. We reserve the right to cancel an event due to severe weather or any other severe circumstances (including but not limited to war, terrorism, volcano eruptions, tornadoes, hurricanes, forest fires, tsunamis). If the race organization makes the decision that continuing the race is dangerous to the runner, we will not guarantee a refund. We will, however, do our best to give a discount or an entry into next year’s event. 
  11. NO REFUNDS at any time whatsoever. 
  12. Race Distance can be changed up to the time of Packet Pickup (example: 50km to 100km). You must pay the price difference of the upgrade before the change is made (if going to a higher priced distance). A refund will not be given if moving to a lower priced distance. 
  13. To initiate a Distance Change, please Paypal the difference in registration cost to info@fuegoyagua.org indicating which distance you would like. The change will be made once the payment is received. If within 24 hours of the race, you must pay the price difference in person.  
  14. Race Entries can NOT be transferred over to another runner. 
  15. Race Entries can be transferred to the following year once ONLY 60 days before the event date. A $45 processing fee will be charged. 
  16. Race Entries CANNOT be transferred to a different event in another location. 
  17. Refunds will be sent via Paypal, let us know in advance if this does not work for you. If we mail you a check, there may be a delay of up to 3 weeks. 
  18. 1st Place Finishers in male and female categories receive automatic free entry into their winning distance for the following year. If a runner wants to run a different distance, they are responsible for any differences in Registration Cost.
  19. All of our races are Cup-Free (cupless) races. Which means you must bring your own water container to the event. For more information, please read our post on why we went cupless.  

NICARAGUA TRAVEL


Information about traveling to Nicaragua and Isla de Ometepe 

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Information about traveling to Nicaragua and Isla de Ometepe 

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Where IS FUEGO Y AGUA NICARAGUA? 

All FUEGO Y AGUA NICARAGUA events start and finish on the beach on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua. Isla de Ometepe is a freshwater island on Lake Nicaragua located in the southwest region of Nicaragua. Moon Guides has excellent printable maps of Ometepe and Nicaragua Here

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Traveling in Nicaragua is Safe and Easy

If anyone’s up for a vacation adventure with an epic race up and around some amazing volcanoes please look into this gem in Central America. You won’t be disappointed...I know I’m not! I can’t wait to take that ferry back to the island and play on the “Jungle Gym” once again.
— Inov-8 Athlete Yassine Diboun

Travel in Nicaragua is generally inexpensive. Of course, the prices will vary significantly depending on the type of travel you enjoy. The currency in Nicaragua is called the Cordoba (C$).  Check the exchange rate before traveling. Nicaragua is very visitor friendly and has been featured on Conde Nast Traveler and many other magazines as a top travel destination. Nicaraguans are some of the nicest people around and are always willing to help visitors to their beautiful country. 

If you are interested in traveling to FUEGO Y AGUA NICARAGUA, it would be beneficial for you to join our Facebook Group. It is a great way to meet other runners and glean information from experienced travelers. 

The information below is by no means a comprehensive list of options. We do not provide reservations, transport or any other travel assistance, but we are happy to answer any general questions or point you in the right direction. 


Get all of your Nicaragua information and reserve your travel on vianica.com! 

ViaNica.com can customize your trip to fit perfectly with your Race! ViaNica can book your flights to/from Ometepe, book ferries, book rental car, book hotels/lodging and more! On top of all that, ViaNica is constantly working with environmentally sustainable projects in Nicaragua, so they are great people to work with!  


Our Recommended Travel Partners

While you are always free to choose from several options in travel and lodging, we recommend you check out the following travel services. These are all based on positive experiences and personal recommendations. We rent race vehicles from Easy Rent a Car, our staff stays in Hotel Villa Paraiso, and we book travel with ViaNica.com! 


STAY IN A JUNGLE PARADISE NEAR THE SURVIVAL RUN START/FINISH WITH HOTEL VILLA PARAISO!

Our SURVIVAL RUN Start/Finish location and on its own private beach, Finca San Juan de la Isla is the heart of the action during SURVIVAL RUN! Finca San Juan de la Isla has a selection of multi and single room cabins as well as a few standard rooms. Some rooms have AC, others are more basic. There is tent and hammock camping available as well as a communal kitchen and a nice restaurant. Finca San Juan will fill up fast before race day, so make your reservation ASAP!


stay in a jungle paradise near the TRAIL RUNS start/Finish with Hotel Villa Paraiso!

Our 25KM, 50KM, 100KM TRAIL RUNS Start/Finish location and located directly on the sand beaches of Santo Domingo, Hotel Villa Paraiso is a cozy gem and the heart of the action during race day. Villa Paraiso has a selection of multi and single room cabins as well as a few standard rooms. They have a pool, restaurant and air conditioner in the rooms. They fill up fast before race day, so make your reservation now!

Stay in cozy Managua Hills Bed & Breakfast before heading to Isla de Ometepe or leaving Nicaragua after the race!

Managua Hills B&B is a favorite for FUEGO Y AGUA folk! Many runners meet here and head to the island together before the race, or have a nice dinner at nearby Ola Verde Natural Restaurant before flying out post race. Managua Hills has several room options, from bunk rooms to large private rooms with AC. They offer a nice discount for FUEGO Y AGUA NICARAGUA participants as well. Located just 20 minutes from Managua Airport, they offer a shuttle that holds up to 5 people to/from the airport for only $15 USD! 

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Eat the most excellent food on Ometepe and enjoy a Relaxing farm B&B stay with Campestre!

Cafe Campestre is hands down the best restaurant on Isla de Ometepe! Locally sourced organic food from their Finca, try the coconut curry, or the ceviche! The owner, Ben Slow, is an excellent cook, permaculture farmer and ultramarathon runner (Ben placed second in SURVIVAL RUN NICARAGUA in 2014!) Located in Balgue, just 10 minutes from the race start/finish, Campestre also provides Bed & Breakfast accommodations on their farm with Casa del Bosque. If you are interested, reserve right away, their rooms go fast!


Air Transportation - International or Domestic

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International Arrivals 

  1. Fly into Managua International Airport (MGA). Managua, the capitol of Nicaragua, has a very nice airport and great service through most major airlines. It is only 2.5 hours via taxi/auto from the San Jorge ferry to Ometepe, or you can take the air transportation to Ometepe listed below. *Taxis to hotels are available at airport
  2. Fly into San Jose International Airport (SJC) or Liberia International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. This requires bus/car travel to get to Nicaragua and a border crossing at Peñas Blancas, or you can take the air transportation to Ometepe listed below. 
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Flights to Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe now has a small airport, serviced by La Costeña Airlines in Nicaragua and NatureAir in Costa Rica. Below are the options:

  1. To/From San Jose or Liberia, Costa Rica - NatureAir has flights available for charter for groups of up to 18 people, but is not currently running a regular schedule. Please contact VIANICA.COM for more information and to book a charter. 
  2. To/From Managua - La Costeña Airlines has flights twice a week for Isla de Ometepe. You can check their site or you can contact ViaNica.com to book. 

Managua Lodging on Arrival & Departure

If you fly into Managua International Airport, you will most likely arrive in Managua at night. You will also most likely spend a night in Managua before you leave. In addition to our recommended Travel Partner Managua Hills B&B, there are many options for lodging in Managua. VIANICA.com can book something for you or you can search a site like Booking.com. Staying near the airport is ideal if you are flying early or arriving late. 

Rental Vehicles in Managua or Isla de Ometepe

If you want to rent a vehicle, there are many options in the Managua airport. 

Motorcycle and bicycle rentals are also available on the island, you can ask your hotel, they generally can set that up with short notice. 


Buses, Taxis & Shuttles in Nicaragua

Figuring out transportation is essential for your trip. If you are arriving in Managua, you will need to get to San Jorge Port to take the ferry to Ometepe (2.5 hours). If you are arriving on Ometepe, you will need to take transport to your hotel/lodging near the race start/finish in Playa Santo Domingo. If you are not getting a rental car, then a taxi, shuttle or bus is your next option. 

  • Without any Spanish experience, taking a bus in Nicaragua is a completely unique and colorful experience that requires an adventurous spirit. There are no comprehensive schedules we can post here, but this is definitely your cheapest option. There are bus stops everywhere, and the main bus terminal in Managua is Mercado Huembes. 
  • Taxis in Nicaragua are everywhere, they are a bit more expensive on Isla de Ometepe, but still affordable and nowhere near the prices in Europe, Australia or the USA. The general rule of thumb is to take a taxi through your hotel or from the ferry landing or airport. 
  • Shuttles (private transport) in Nicaragua can be arranged through VIANICA.com A shuttle will hold anywhere from 5-20 people (depending on what you need). You can even book a shuttle to go on to the island with you then return you to Managua after the race (a good idea for larger groups). 

Ferry to/from Isla de Ometepe

Unless you are flying in/out of Ometepe, a 1.5 hour ferry ride is the only way to get on/off the island. All ferries depart for Isla de Ometepe from the Port of San Jorge on the mainland to the island town of Moyogalpa or the small island port of San Jose del Sur. Both are great options to get on the island and get you about 20-40 minutes from the Playa Santo Domingo race start/finish area. Moyogalpa is a larger town and great for getting supplies, but it is about 20 minutes further from Santo Domingo. Remember that ferries are on Nicaragua time, which means there are occasional delays and schedule changes. Always allow plenty of time in your travel schedule for making race start times and flight departures! 

*If you are bringing a vehicle on/off the island, you will have to contact the ferries to reserve a spot, or if you book with Easy Rent A Car and travel with VIANICA.com, you can have this scheduled for you. 


Good Resources for Isla de Ometepe Information

  1. VIANICA.COM - The #1 Nicaragua travel website! (Spanish & English Spoken) 
  2. The Lonely Planet - recently updated
  3. The Rough Guide - recently updated
  4. www.ometepenicaragua.com - great ferry schedule and other info.
  5. Wikitravel - the Ometepe expat community has worked hard on this site for Ometepe. You'll find lots of information there too.
  6. TripAdvisor - lots of information and hotel listings there.

Getting Around the Island

Part of the roads on Ometepe are paved, but much of it remains unpaved. Some of the road to Volcan Maderas is unpaved and it requires more time to get to this side of the island.

  • Motorcycles and bicycles are available for rent all over the island. Cars are a bit harder to find, but are available by asking around.
  • Taxis and shuttles are available for hire (prices are generally higher than the mainland).
  • Buses travel to most locations around the island (public transportation is limited on Sundays). Bus Schedules
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Lodging on Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe is not a massive island, but it takes a bit of time to get around as you are competing with cows, pigs, horses, bikes and other pedestrians on the road. If you do not have a rental vehicle, you do want to stay as near the town of Santo Domingo as possible, which is the race start/finish. Most of the main road around Ometepe is paved, but there are still a few rough areas that take time to get in/out of, like Merida. Taxis and other transportation can be arranged with your hotel to get you to/from the race. 

Below is a list of accommodation on Isla de Ometepe near the race venue, it is by no means comprehensive. We are not offering any opinion on the accommodations offered, for that please look elsewhere. Please find contact information for the hotels in the links above. 

Here is a guide to price:

  • $ = cheap/economic
  • $$ = mid range
  • $$$ = top end
  • $ prices are from $2 through to $20-ish
  • $$ prices are from $20 through $50-ish
  • $$$ prices are $50 and up

Prices are based on shared occupancy (except for hammock), are approximate and should be used as a rough guide. Please research these recommendations yourself online, via a guidebook or direct with the place of stay or visit VIANICA.com for spot on information. We are not making reservations so please don't ask us to handle this for you. However, we are very happy to try and answer questions and provide information.

ZONING THE ACCOMMODATION WITH THE START/FINISH LINE 

  • "Zone A" is within 0km - 2km of the start/finish.
  • "Zone B" will be 2km to 5km from the start/finish.
  • "Zone C" will be 5km to 10km from the start/finish.
  • "Zone D" is everything outside of that. 10-20km from start/finish.

Zone A - Playa Santa Domingo

Santa Domingo is the main beach on Ometepe. Between here and Balgue (Zone B) is the greatest number of places to stay. Santa Domingo also has a number of restaurants and local eateries (comedores) but is the highest priced area because of its popularity, though it does offer a number of services and is closer to the towns of Altagracia and Moyogalpa, which have the islands only banking facilities and are where the best shops are, making Santa Domingo an altogether very convenient place to stay.

  • $ - $$$ - Hotel Villa Paraiso  (START/FINISH HOTEL!)
  • $ - $$ - Hospedaje Buena Vista
  • $ - $$ - Hotel Finca Santa Domingo
  • $$ - $$$ - Hotel Costa Azul
  • $$$ - Hotel Xalli

Zone B - Santa cruz to balgue

Santa Cruz is very popular and approximately 3km from Santa Domingo which you can walk to along the beach. Balgue is 2km further on making it approx 5km from the start/finish. Between Balgue and Santa Cruz is Madroñal, good for backpackers. However, a number of the accommodations are set back from the road making the total distance greater and meaning a significant walk to facilities. This area has the greatest number of eateries and Balgue has the most facilities on this side of the island.

Zone C

Mostly within the sleepy town of Altagracia. Frequent buses move between Balgue and Altagracia with Santa Domingo being in the middle, so transport is relatively easy though buses dont run into the evening. Altagracia has a cash point. Remember this small factoid.

  • $$$ - Finca San Juan de la Isla - SURVIVAL RUN START/FINISH
  • $$ - Hotel Finca El Chipote
  • $ - $$ - Hotel Castillo
  • $ - Hotel Kencho

There is at least one other forgettable hotel in Altagracia. (Finca San Juan de la Isla is actually 3km walking distance from Santa Domingo on the beach, but MUCH further by car. It's a good place to stay).

Zone D (San Jose del Sur & Moyogalpa)

Around and in Moyogalpa are a number of places to stay. Here is a selection of the worthwhile ones. Worth mentioning it is difficult to arrange public transport from here to the start/finish line. Taxis can be quite pricey. Moyogalpa is where the majority of the ferries arrive on island.

Zone D (Merida)

There are also a number of places to stay on the Merida side of the island. While technically much closer to Santa Domingo than Moyogalpa it is on a horrible road poorly supported by buses and expensive to get to by taxi. But there are some good places to stay there. Services are limited this side. If you have your own vehicle (SUV or Truck), this area is much more accessible. 


A Note on Immunizations

Since the recommendations are always changing, we suggest you read the CDC website for recommended immunizations when traveling to Nicaragua. CLICK HERE FOR CDC Site.

Travel with Families

For several years, we have had runners bring their families with young children for an excellent experience! Several aid stations are accessible to family and friends to cheer and support their runners on during the race. These events provide an excellent way for children to learn about working and playing together in cross-cultural environments.


Money & No-Hassle, Easy Ways to Pay

Moyogalpa & Altagracia have several ATM's that accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Withdrawals can be made in USD or Nicaraguan Cordobas. The US dollar (USD$) is widely accepted throughout the island in smaller denominations (make sure the bills are not dirty, stained or mutilated). Visa, MasterCard and American Express are regularly accepted in most establishments. (Always ask if credit cards are accepted before consuming.)

Internet & Cell Coverage is Everywhere

Internet access is available in Nicaragua and on Isla de Ometepe. There are several Internet café’s in Moyogalpa and Altagracia with computers and WI-FI (wireless). Mobile phone providers on the island are Movistar and Claro.

Check with your provider for international rates and roaming information. If you have an unlocked GSM phone, USD$5 will purchase you a local SIM card for a low cost prepaid service with either mobile network. Mobile phones are available to purchase on the island for about USD$25 to USD$40


About Isla de Ometepe

Isla de Ometepe is a volcanic island (approx. 276 km sq) located on Lake Nicaragua (also known as Lago Cocibolca) in the southwestern region of Nicaragua. Two volcanoes form most of the island. Volcan Concepcion (1610 meters) is considered an active volcano but has not had a major eruption since 1957. Concepcion is thought to be the most perfectly formed volcano cone in Central America. Volcan Maderas (1394 meters) has a crater lagoon and is surrounded by cloud forest and thick jungle. Its slopes are dotted with petroglyphs and stone idols.The forests of Ometepe are full of monkeys, tropical birds, rare insects, plants and flowers. Both volcanoes are now protected as national forests. The island is full of legends surrounding the volcanoes and its former inhabitants, the Nahuatl. Ometepe literally means "two hills" in the native Nahuatl language. The fertile volcanic soil makes Ometepe an agricultural phenomenon. Coffee, cacao, beans, rice, tobacco, bananas and many other fruits are plentiful on the island.

The Story of Ometepe

As the story goes, long ago there was no Lake Nicaragua or Isla de Ometepe, only a lush valley of the gods named Valle de Coapolca. Several tribes who were hostile to each other lived around the valley and would visit it often to gather fruit and hunt game. One day, a young warrior named Nagrando met and fell in love with Ometepetl, a beautiful maiden from an enemy tribe. They tried to keep their romance a secret, but eventually Ometepetl’s father learned of the affair and vowed to kill Nagrando. The young lovers fled and hid in the forest, where they decided that the only way they could be together was by committing suicide. The pair slit their wrists and died in each other’s arms. As Ometepetl fell backwards, the sky darkened and rains flooded the valley, forming Lake Nicaragua. Ometepetl’s breasts then grew into the twin peaks of Volcan Concepcion and Volcan Maderas, and Nagrando's body became the nearby Isla Zapatera.

NICARAGUA VOLUNTEER


About Volunteering for our NICARAGUA Races

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NICARAGUA VOLUNTEER


About Volunteering for our NICARAGUA Races

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BECOME a Volunteer for one of our nicaragua events

Volunteering for FUEGO Y AGUA ENDURANCE involves a combination of hard work and adventure.  Tasks include (but are not limited to) food preparation, packet-pickup, course marking, aid stations, vehicle course control, hiking/running course control, remote aid station support and more.

WHAT DO VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE?

Details will be provided by our Volunteer Coordinator for each event. These are basic items volunteer will receive.

  1. Cool T-Shirt
  2. Buff Headwear. 
  3. Basic Lodging *We will have a basic tent or hammock camping area for you to setup around your time spent volunteering, a small communal kitchen area will be available for preparing your own food.
  4. Food during volunteering.  *We provide food ONLY for the hours when you are volunteering, this may be in the form of a packed meal. If you need/want anything specific, you must bring it with you!
  5. Cool sponsor swag. 
  6. Complimentary or Discounted Race Entry into an event *Volunteers must be available for at least 2 full shifts to qualify for a free entry. No free entries to SURVIVAL RUN. 
  7. The Experience of a Lifetime!

WHAT IS NOT COVERED?

  • We do not cover travel expenses to/from the venue
  • We do not provide travel support for booking flights, hotels, taxis etc. 
  • We do not provide extended lodging outside of your volunteering time. 
  • We do not provide your meals outside of volunteering shifts.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

Please be sure you are available for these times/dates you are registering for. Our volunteers are a very important part of our event. We are flexible and will work with your schedule and needs. If you cannot make the Volunteer Meeting, we can still use you for a shift, just be sure to communicate with your Volunteer Coordinator to let them know.

Volunteers must bring with them a backpack with a change of clothing/socks, headlamp w/extra batteries, sunscreen, bug spray, 3+ liters of water, snacks/food. Sturdy shoes are required. Thank you for volunteering!

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NICARAGUA CAUSES


The mission of FUEGO Y AGUA ENDURANCE is to create challenging endurance events in unique locations that give back to these beautiful locations without taking anything more than beautiful memories and experiences.

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The mission of FUEGO Y AGUA ENDURANCE is to create challenging endurance events in unique locations that give back to these beautiful locations without taking anything more than beautiful memories and experiences.

SURVIVAL RUN TRAIL RUNS TRAVEL VOLUNTEER

Mission Statement

By using locally owned businesses we hope to help boost the local economy and promote sustainability in our event locations. All Runners and Volunteers are encouraged to participate in our extracurricular events, such as reforestation and clean water projects, trash-cleanups, school supply donations and our Kids Runs. These organized efforts promote local awareness of our planet as a natural resource that must be preserved and maintained.


Fuego y Agua gives back to the communities in a way that inspires me. Volcano Maderas and Volcan Conception were two of the biggest toughest climbs I have ever raced. Fuego y Agua challenged me in a way few races ever have.
— USATF 100km Runner Dave James

Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua 

**The Calzado Kids Run project has been retired, Fuego y Agua is refocusing its efforts on Isla de Ometepe toward providing School Supplies for the children of the island. 

Portions of race entry costs and donations are used to host the Calzado Kids Run, a children’s race for local islanders. This event promotes running, fitness, healthy eating and awareness of the island as an endangered environment that must be cared for. All participants of Calzado Kids Run receive a bag of school supplies donated by supporters and participants of Fuego y Agua.

Our vision with Calzado Kids Run is to promote running, fitness, healthy eating and awareness of the island as an endangered environment that must be cared for. 

Calzado Kids Run: Through The Years

  • Calzado 2008: 100 children, 110 pairs of shoes donated
  • Calzado 2009: 350 children, 300 pairs of shoes donated
  • Calzado 2012: 400+ children, over 400 pairs of shoes donated
  • Calzado 2013: 550 children, over 600 pairs donated
  • Calzado 2014: 450 children, over a ton of school supplies donated