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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.
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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.
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.
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.
I would love to eventually make it to Southeast Asia, specifically Laos, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia.
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.
I want to exerience more countires in Central America and eventually head to South America.
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Located in the ‘First of May’ neighborhood on the north side of Enitel, the Green Lodge Bed and Breakfast has ......Read More
A small, family-owned café, Roy’s is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy a cup of coffee while listening ......Read More
For a bar-like, casual setting, head to Fry Fish, one block north of Queen Lobster. A bamboo hut with red ......Read More
Situated right on the lagoon, looking over the water, this stylish and eco-friendly lobster joint is not only unique, but ......Read More
Soothing sea-green walls, lined with silver-framed paintings of the sea, contribute to the tranquil vibe of Hotel Costa Verde Restaurant. ......Read More
Scuba diving is one of the most popular activities on Big Corn Island. Divers exploring the sea around Big Corn ......Read More
The main tourist attraction in San Carlos is the ancient fortress that was constructed in the 1666 by the Spanish ......Read More
San Carlos is a small town located at both the mouth of the San Juan River and on the edge ......Read More
Located on the North End of Big Corn Island, Nautilus Diving Center offers Dive Tours for both the experienced and ......Read More
This hotel and resort has many features that are open to the public. They offer several types of tours, such ......Read More
Born in Ometepe, Berman Gomez has a strong knowledge of San Juan del Sur and the surrounding area. He speaks ......Read More
This Spanish school is extremely organized, with several course levels, volunteer opportunities and a wide variety of cultural activities and ......Read More
Spanish Ya offers year-round programs in a San Juan Del Sur schoolhouse. The program features experienced native teachers and wireless Internet ......Read More
Just west of the Municipal Market is the small, yellow schoolhouse that house Rosa Silva’s Spanish School. All lessons are ......Read More
Most of the shopping on the island exists between the North End, near Anastasia’s and Brig Bay, at the southern-most ......Read More
San Juan del Sur is a small town with a tight-knit community. Because of this, it is much safer than ......Read More
San Juan del Sur is an excellent place to get souvenir or clothes shopping done, as there are several stores, ......Read More
Depending on your interests and area of expertise, there are various volunteering opportunities in San Juan del Sur. The wildlife ......Read More
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