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A sometime newspaper journalist with a heavy side of wanderlust, Rachael moved to Quito in November to work on the V!VA staff. She is currently working on the sections for Nicaragua, Guatemala and Panama.

  • Hometown

    Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

  • Location now

    Quito, Ecuador

  • Work published

    Rachael previously worked for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Watertown Daily Times as a staff writer.

  • Travel philosophy

    Eat when you have food, sleep when you have a bed and if there's a bathroom, use it.

  • Craziest place

    Kisumu, Kenya during the election riots of 2008.

  • Bizarre experience

    Some of the most bizarre experiences for me have been hiking through the jungles of Central America searching for the lost ruins of Bunga-Bunga.

  • Advice

    Always try the food, at least once, and take advantage of a clean bathroom any time you find one.

  • Dream destination

    My idea of a dream trip is to get a round-the-world ticket and try to visit as many countries as I can.

  • Traveled before

    I have lived in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Spain and England with trips through Europe, Central America and to Kenya.

  • Going next

    Peru, Colombia and Brazil, hopefully.

Rachael Hanley's Guide Book Entries

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Destinations

  • Lago San Pablo

    Oct 29, 2012 - Lago San Pablo, Ecuador

    Lago San Pablo, located a few miles southeast of Otavalo, is another good hiking destination in the Northern Andes. One ......

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  • Apoyeque

    Sep 28, 2009 - Apoyeque, Nicaragua

    Xiloa’s sister crater is a wild Shangri-La, about as far off the beaten tourist trail as you can get this ......

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  • Xiloá

    Sep 28, 2009 - Xiloá , Nicaragua

    The large, placid expanse of Xiloa, just 20 kilometers northwest of Managua, was once a favorite getaway for families who ......

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Hotels

  • Hotel Azul Pitahaya

    Jun 23, 2009 - San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

    Hotel Azul Pitahaya is located a block from the beach, away from the shore-front noise, and is a solid option ......

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  • Eco Hostal Apoyo

    Jun 23, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Eco Hostal Apoyo was once a lakeside residence and still has the slightly informal feel of a vacation home. The ......

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  • Crater's Edge

    Jun 23, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Once a private residence (like most buildings along the lakefront), Hospedaje Crater’s Edge is hushed and lovely, with wide tiled ......

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Restaurants

  • Hippa Hippa

    Jun 23, 2009 - Centro Commercial and Carretera Masaya, Managua, Nicaragua

    Hippa Hippa is a popular club for the young and hip, with DJs spinning reggaton and electronica through the night ......

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  • Bar Maria

    Jun 23, 2009 - Nicaragua

    At C$60 for the daily lunch plate, Bar Maria is one of the cheapest of the thatched restaurants that line ......

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  • Montes Verdes

    Jun 23, 2009 - Nicaragua

    Montes Verdes (Mains: C$85 to C$250) is the most highly recommended restaurant in the area, possibly because the location is ......

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Activities

  • Montibelli Reserve

    Sep 28, 2009 - Managua, Nicaragua

    Montibelli is a large, private reserve whose 165.5 hectares are made up of three former coffee plantations. The owners still ......

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  • Museo Galería Héroes y Martires

    Jun 26, 2009 - Masaya, Nicaragua

    The Museo Galería Héroes y Martires, located just inside one of the main entrances to the Alcaldia de Masaya, is ......

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  • Centro Nicaragüense de Escritores

    Jun 23, 2009 - Managua, Nicaragua

    The Centro Nicaragüense de Escritores has one of the most extensive collections of modern Nicaraguan literature in the country. The ......

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Schools

  • Coco Surf School

    Jun 19, 2009 - Las Penitas, Nicaragua

    Coco Surf School (505-8-958-7443, cocosurfschool@gmail.com) opened in April 2009 along the beach in Las Peñitas. At the thatched cabana you ......

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  • Academia Europea

    Jun 19, 2009 - Leon, Nicaragua

    The León branch (505-2-311-1813/ 505-8-988-4482, www.academia-europea.com) of Academia Europea offers both private and group classes in Spanish. Private classes start ......

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Services

  • Banks in San Marcos

    May 02, 2009 - San Marcos, Nicaragua

    Thanks to the student population, San Marcos has all of the services of a much larger city, including branches of ......

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  • Cyber “Escorpion”

    Mar 26, 2009 - Barrio Martha Quezada, Managua, Nicaragua

    Cyber “Escorpion” is a convenient spot along Calle 27 de Mayo to access the internet, make photocopies, call internationally or ......

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  • NTUR

    Mar 26, 2009 - Barrio Boloñia, Managua, Nicaragua

    NTUR (Negocios y Turismo de Nicaragua, S.A.) has shelves of information about hotels and locations in Managua. The office staff ......

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