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Dyani Makous has a B.F.A. in writing and a minor in Photography from Emerson College. She is currently living in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, working for Viva as a travel writer.

  • Hometown

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Location now

    San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

  • Work published

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  • Travel philosophy

    Traveling is not about militantly carrying out set goals and visits to popular tourist destinations, but about stopping to look around, and discovering the history, art, and culture of a place through stimulating conversations with natives and participation in the community.

  • Bizarre experience

    I was in San Juan del Norte, Nicaragua- a small village without phone service or internet located on the San Juan River bordering Costa Rica on the Atlantic Coast. I was trying to get to Bluefields. However, after discovering that my only option of getting there involved me waiting to hitch a ride from a fisherman indefinitely, I realized I was stranded. I was contemplating my global isolation, feeling sullen and stranded when suddenly a few businessmen appeared out of nowhere. They offered to take me to Managua in a helicopter for free. I of course, accepted. One of the men turned out to be Eden Pastora, a famous Nicaraguan war hero. After a two hour ride over jungles and lakes in a large helicopter piloted by the army, I was back in civilization.

  • Advice

    Be patient, flexible and open-minded when exploring a new place. However, depending on your specific destination, try to avoid appearing vulnerable by exhibiting stereo-typical 'tourist behavior,' such as breaking out large maps and blatantly carrying big, flashy cameras.

  • Dream destination

    I would love to eventually make it to Southeast Asia, specifically Laos, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia.

  • Traveled before

    I have explored over 30 countries in Western and Eastern Europe. The last excursion I did was 3 months long. It started in Granada, Spain and ended in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Going next

    I want to exerience more countires in Central America and eventually head to South America.

Dyani Makous's Guide Book Entries

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Destinations

  • Pearl Keys

    Sep 28, 2009 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

    The Pearl Keys, a set of 18 islands, are located about 145 kilometers (90 miles) offshore from the Pearl Lagoon. ......

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  • Laguna de Perlas

    Sep 28, 2009 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

    Forty miles north of Bluefields, is a relatively undiscovered cultural enclave. Pearl Lagoon is a small, tranquil, clean village with ......

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  • Big Corn Island

    Mar 13, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Fifty miles east of Bluefields, on the Atlantic Coast, Big Corn Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations ......

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Hotels

  • Casa Blanca

    Sep 28, 2009 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

    One of the most accommodating and comfortable places in Pearl Lagoon is Casa Blanca, located 100 yards north of the ......

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  • Green Lodge Bed and Breakfast

    Sep 28, 2009 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

    Located in the ‘First of May’  neighborhood on the north side of Enitel, the Green Lodge Bed and Breakfast has ......

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  • Roy’s Café

    Sep 28, 2009 - El Rama, Nicaragua

    A small, family-owned café, Roy’s is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee while listening ......

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Restaurants

  • Fry Fish

    Sep 28, 2009 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

    For a bar-like, casual setting, head to Fry Fish, one block north of Queen Lobster. A bamboo hut with red ......

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  • Queen Lobster

    Sep 28, 2009 - Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua

    Situated right on the lagoon, looking over the water, this stylish and eco-friendly lobster joint is not only unique, but ......

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  • Hotel Costa Verde Restaurant

    Sep 28, 2009 - El Rama, Nicaragua

    Soothing sea-green walls, lined with silver-framed paintings of the sea, contribute to the tranquil vibe of Hotel Costa Verde Restaurant. ......

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Activities

  • Diving

    Sep 28, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities on Big Corn Island. Divers exploring the sea around Big Corn ......

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  • La Fortaleza de San Carlos

    Mar 04, 2009 - San Carlos, Nicaragua

    The main tourist attraction in San Carlos is the ancient fortress that was constructed in the 1666 by the Spanish ......

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  • Fishing

    Mar 04, 2009 - San Carlos, Nicaragua

    San Carlos is a small town located at both the mouth of the San Juan River and on the edge ......

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Tours

  • Nautilus

    Sep 28, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Located on the North End of Big Corn Island, Nautilus Diving Center offers Dive Tours for both the experienced and ......

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  • Pelican Eyes Hotel and Resort

    Nov 13, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    This hotel and resort has many features that are open to the public. They offer several types of tours, such ......

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  • Berman Gomez (Independent Tour Guide)

    Nov 13, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Born in Ometepe, Berman Gomez has a strong knowledge of San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area. He speaks ......

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Schools

  • Latin American Spanish School

    Nov 11, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    This Spanish school is extremely organized, with several course levels, volunteer opportunities and a wide variety of cultural activities and ......

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  • Spanish Ya-2008

    Nov 11, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Spanish Ya offers year-round programs in a San Juan Del Sur schoolhouse. The program features experienced native teachers and wireless Internet ......

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  • Spanish School House Rosa Silva

    Nov 11, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Just west of the Municipal Market is the small, yellow schoolhouse that house Rosa Silva’s Spanish School. All lessons are ......

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Services

  • Big Corn Island Shopping Summary

    Sep 28, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Most of the shopping on the island exists between the North End, near Anastasia’s and Brig Bay, at the southern-most ......

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  • Safety

    Nov 11, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    San Juan del Sur is a small town with a tight-knit community. Because of this, it is much safer than ......

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  • Shopping in San Juan del Sur

    Nov 11, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    San Juan del Sur is an excellent place to get souvenir or clothes shopping done, as there are several stores, ......

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Jobs

  • Volunteering Opportunities

    Nov 11, 2008 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Depending on your interests and area of expertise, there are various volunteering opportunities in San Juan del Sur. The wildlife ......

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