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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.
Northampton, Massachusetts, USA
Rachael previously worked for the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Watertown Daily Times as a staff writer.
Eat when you have food, sleep when you have a bed and if there's a bathroom, use it.
Kisumu, Kenya during the election riots of 2008.
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.
Always try the food, at least once, and take advantage of a clean bathroom any time you find one.
My idea of a dream trip is to get a round-the-world ticket and try to visit as many countries as I can.
I have lived in Nicaragua, Guatemala, Spain and England with trips through Europe, Central America and to Kenya.
Peru, Colombia and Brazil, hopefully.
The tiny, forested Isla de Quiste is a sacred place for locals, since it was on this uninhabited dot of ......Read More
Nicaragua’s Pacific South West, a strip of land between the ocean and the country’s great lake, has been both a ......Read More
Plans to reinstate the ferry between Potosi and El Salvador have been on the table for years, but the only ......Read More
Lago San Pablo, located a few miles southeast of Otavalo, is another good hiking destination in the Northern Andes. One ......Read More
Xiloa’s sister crater is a wild Shangri-La, about as far off the beaten tourist trail as you can get this ......Read More
The large, placid expanse of Xiloa, just 20 kilometers northwest of Managua, was once a favorite getaway for families who ......Read More
Hotel Azul Pitahaya is located a block from the beach, away from the shore-front noise, and is a solid option ......Read More
Eco Hostal Apoyo was once a lakeside residence and still has the slightly informal feel of a vacation home. The ......Read More
Once a private residence (like most buildings along the lakefront), Hospedaje Crater’s Edge is hushed and lovely, with wide tiled ......Read More
Hippa Hippa is a popular club for the young and hip, with DJs spinning reggaton and electronica through the night ......Read More
At C$60 for the daily lunch plate, Bar Maria is one of the cheapest of the thatched restaurants that line ......Read More
Montes Verdes (Mains: C$85 to C$250) is the most highly recommended restaurant in the area, possibly because the location is ......Read More
Montibelli is a large, private reserve whose 165.5 hectares are made up of three former coffee plantations. The owners still ......Read More
The Museo Galería Héroes y Martires, located just inside one of the main entrances to the Alcaldia de Masaya, is ......Read More
The Centro Nicaragüense de Escritores has one of the most extensive collections of modern Nicaraguan literature in the country. The ......Read More
Coco Surf School (505-8-958-7443, email@example.com) opened in April 2009 along the beach in Las Peñitas. At the thatched cabana you ......Read More
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 ......Read More
Thanks to the student population, San Marcos has all of the services of a much larger city, including branches of ......Read More
Cyber “Escorpion” is a convenient spot along Calle 27 de Mayo to access the internet, make photocopies, call internationally or ......Read More
NTUR (Negocios y Turismo de Nicaragua, S.A.) has shelves of information about hotels and locations in Managua. The office staff ......Read More
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