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Help document Nicaragua’s Grand Canal route before digging starts

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If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s the Grand Canal of Nicaragua. The largest engineering project in history, it will be 3x larger than the Panama Canal and construction is slated to start in December. It will plow through 7 natural reserves/parks and slice in half the land of the indigenous Rama people, but […]

The Great Interoceanic Nicaragua Canal

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Hey, did you hear they want to build a canal through Nicaragua? Yeah, I just overheard someone talking about that…about 300 years ago. Yes, people have been talking about digging a trench across the country for that long. Usually it wasn’t Nicaraguans talking about it, though. The government of New Spain discussed it in the […]

WANI magazine!

I love the Wani magazine. It is the only magazine that details life on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, and has articles written in Spanish, English, Miskitu and Sumu. It is published by the Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) and comes out between 4 and 6 times a year. Unfortunately, they aren’t that easy […]

Wild Cane Cay: Then and Now (Updated!)

The original post ran 8 April, 2012. Before that time I had made two unsuccessful attempts at contacting the owner. The following is the original post; the update is below, and relates what the owner had to say after he contacted me.  There is a collection of about 18 beautiful islands off the Caribbean coast […]

RightSide Guide Magazine is Here!

Introducing the first issue of the survival guide to the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua, the RightSide Guide magazine! It’s 32 pages packed with information on activities, transport schedules, upcoming festivals and more for the Corn Islands, Bluefields, Pearl Lagoon and Greytown. This edition will be 1,000 copies and, starting in 2013, will be printed every […]

Pirates of the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua

The Caribbean coast wasn’t always the wild, wild east clean, orderly paradise you see today. It wasn’t so long ago that these waterways were used as pirate hideouts. The entire country drains to the Caribbean side. That means wide, deep rivers and lots of them. Add to that lagoons, bays and islands and you have a […]

Tulululu 2012…What was THAT?!

In Bluefields, Nicaragua, the month of May is a celebration of the beginning of the rainy season, ruled by Mayayaya, a fertility goddess that the population worships by throwing parties in the street on random days, parading down the street dressed in carnival-style outfits and marching en masse on the last day of the month […]

Map of the Mosquito Coast, cerca 1894

Check THIS out… These are a few clips from the ultra-high resolution map that was recently sent to me by Eric Timar. It’s a really cool hand-drawn representation of the coast from north to south. Some of the more interesting points are the ads on the side…all in English and mostly for bars and hotels […]

It’s a Sandinista party!

Whoo hoo!! Sandinista’s win! Well, some Sandinista’s wouldn’t agree, but he Orteguistas would. His Sandinista party is far left, while the majority of the party members are more center-left. Unfortunately for them, opposing Sandinista parties (though not opposing parties) have been made illegal by Ortega. But, far left is more left than right, so it […]

The Three Palms

They are an iconic part of Bluefield’s cityscape. The three palm trees that stand guarding over downtown are estimated to be over 100 years old. Nobody knows who they belong to…they stand in a vacant lot that lies unclaimed. Before hurricane Joan in 1988 there were five. These three survivors, sentinels of a bygone era, […]