Top Ten Nicaragua Adventures

Paddle the Miskito Heartland
By Joshua Berman & Randy Wood
  |  Gorp.com

Waspám, in the far northern reaches of the Miskito pine savanna and at the edge of the mightiest river in Nicaragua, is the gateway, principal port, and economic heart of the Miskito communities that line the banks of the Río Coco. It is, in itself, a difficult place to get to, yet it is really the first step of the voyage to places even farther away still. The communities here would prefer to be left to their own ways, but this has not been the case, and the Miskito peoples of the Río Coco suffered more than most during the 1980s, including a massive relocation that is still cause for resentment.

Adventures along the Río Coco are neither easy nor cheap, and accommodations and travelers' facilities in the traditional sense of the word are practically nonexistent. The chance to visit this frontier—and it is truly frontier, to live and travel amongst the Miskito people, and to feel the spiritual power of the mighty Río Coco should not be missed. For a successful journey, travelers in this region absolutely must speak decent Spanish and make an effort to learn and use at least some rudimentary Miskito.

Text © 2003 by Joshua Berman and Randy Wood. Used by permission of Moon Handbooks. All rights reserved. Book is available through local bookstores and online booksellers.


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