Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Little Corn Island

A Taste of Nicaraguan Nirvana

(The following post was sponsored by the Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa. But our opinions remain our own.)

 

 Little Corn Island is one of those off-the-beaten-path places that creeps into your consciousness, slowly but surely.

 

We first became aware of it back in December 2010, not long after we started Green Global Travel. Our friend Bryan Akers Mary’s next-door neighbor and an avid traveler who worked as a drum tech for punk legends Bad Brains– simply raved about it. He described Little Corn Island as a laid-back ecotourism escape perfectly in tune with GGT’s ethos, with no cars, incredible food, superb snorkeling, and widespread use of alternative energy sources. 

 

After reading Bryan’s post, this tropical paradise went right on our wish list. But then GGT blew up, our travel schedule got overwhelmingly hectic, and Little Corn got pushed to the back of our minds. Over the years, we’ve read pieces on Lonely Planet and This American Girl backing up our buddy’s vision of the tiny 1.1-square mile island as a Nicaraguan nirvana.

 

When we heard that the Mexico-based Colibri Hotel Collection had opened up an eco-luxury resort, the Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, on Little Corn Island, we became even more intrigued. So we sat down with property manager Michael Bitton for a conversation about the island’s culture, cuisine, and other ecotourism offerings.

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The Steep Incline of Nigardsbreen Glacier, Norway

The Steep Incline of Nigardsbreen Glacier

Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier

A He Said/She Said Story of Adventure in Norway

 

I’m strangely wired, as human beings go.

 

I’ve faced a lot of adversity on a personal level, from tragic loss, abuse and bullying in childhood to homelessness, divorce and financial ruin as an adult. But I believe it’s how we work through these challenges in our lives that ultimately defines us. In the end, they either bring us to our knees or teach us how to fly.

 

Though I was shy and somewhat timid as a kid, I’ve evolved into a person who never shies away from adversity. Instead, I tend to plant my feet, lower my shoulders and confront it head-on. So when I saw the foreboding blanket of storm clouds rolling in over Norway‘s Nigardsbreen glacier (an arm of Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in continental Europe), I steeled myself for a cold, rainy day of climbing.

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African Muslim + Israeli Jew= The Touré-Raichel Collective

 

An Israeli Jew and a West African Muslim walk into an airport… It may sound like the opening line to a joke, but it’s actually the story behind the unique musical fusion known as the Touré-Raichel Collective.

 

After a chance encounter at a Berlin airport in 2008, Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel and Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré (the son of legendary singer-guitarist Ali Farka Touré) became friends, jammed together, and eventually formed a band. Their music blends West African rhythms and Israeli melodies, with Touré’s bluesy guitar and voice creating a musical dialogue with Raichel’s improvised piano.

 

We caught up with the duo just before the release of their second album, The Paris Session, to discuss their unlikely partnership, the sociopolitical relevance of their union, and the universal language of music. Click on the video below to listen to their infectious music as you read their inspiring story.

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Eerie morning in Timbavati Game Reserve

The Wilds of Amboseli National Park & Timbavati Game Reserve

 

(The following is a guest post by Susan Portnoy, the communications and public relations consultant who shares her adventures as The Insatiable Traveler. If you love eye-catching nature/wildlife photography, you’ll definitely want to follow her journeys on Facebook and Twitter.)

 

 

There is very little in this world that captures my attention like the African bush. I’ve joked with my friends that I am addicted, but I only half jest. When I’m there, I feel totally at ease and fully present. When I am away, there’s always a nagging desire to return.

 

Not too long ago I indulged my habit in both the Timbavati Game Reserve of South Africa and Kenya’s Amboseli National Park— two very different, but equally stunning locations —during a two-week photographic safari with Wild Eye.

 

Timbavati is known for its leopards and dense, rugged terrain, while in Amboseli, elephants are the heroes along with its wide-open plains and lush marshes. Combined together in one epic journey, I experienced an unforgettable adventure that did nothing to quell my love of the bush. Instead, it only fueled the fire…

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Peak Seasons Sweepstakes: Win a free Dream Ski Vacation to Chile and Vail

Win a $47,000 Dream Ski Vacation for Two to Chile & Vail!

 

(The Peak Seasons Sweepstakes is sponsored by LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Turismo Chile, Adventure.travel, Wagner Custom Skis and Helly Hansen. But our opinions remain our own.)

 

A few weeks ago, at a Travel Massive networking event we were co-hosting in Atlanta, Mary and I wound up chatting with representatives from several Colorado ski resorts who just so happened to be in town on business.

 

During the conversation, they seemed shocked to learn that, despite our extensive travels around the world, I’ve actually never been skiing or snowboarding. But both of these activities are, as they say, “on the list” (as is a visit to Colorado).

 

Unfortunately, I’m ineligible to enter the Peak Seasons Sweepstakes being co-sponsored by LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Turismo Chile, Adventure.travel, Wagner Custom Skis and Helly Hansen. But there’s nothing stopping you from entering to win more $47,000 worth of prizes!

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Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
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How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
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India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
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Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

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Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
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FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
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GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
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HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
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