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August 9, 2009

Discovering Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast

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Remote. Vast. Languid. These describe Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast, a region where traditional indigenous cultures have been preserved and development has yet to encroach. Left, birds fly over the pristine waters of Little Corn Island.

A ride in a panga, a small open boat, is the easiest and cheapest way to travel to Little Corn Island. Diving, snorkeling and beach hiking are popular on this this rustic island surrounded by coral reefs.

An aerial view of Big Corn Island, 10 miles from Little Corn. Both islands are largely populated by an indigenous community of Miskito fisherman.

A fisherman takes a break off the Corn Islands. Many locals offer sport fishing trips to tourists.

Catches along the Atlantic Coast include lobster, kingfish, amberjack and red snapper.

A fisherman sells kingfish in Pearl Lagoon, a tight-knit Creole village on the coast near the Corn Islands.

Sampling rondón, a fish stew with coconut milk and vegetables, at Miss Ingrid’s Hotel in Pearl Lagoon.

Vibrantly colored homes are a common sight in the Awas Tingni Indian community, west of Pearl Lagoon. After a decades-long struggle, they were recently granted the right to their ancestral lands by the Nicaraguan government.

A Creole house in Pearl Lagoon.

A cemetery in Orinoco, home to Nicaragua’s largest population of Garifuna, descendants of West African slaves. There are also Garifuna along the coasts of Guatemala, Belize and Honduras.

Buses, along with flights, leave daily from the capital city Managua to Bluefields, the country’s main port town on the Atlantic Coast.

Morning mist hangs over the dense tropical vegetation surrounding Pearl Lagoon.

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