Set Sail With the Miskito People in Nicaragua

Set Sail With the Miskito People in Nicaragua

These 40-foot boats are handmade and expertly navigated by the Miskito people. (Photo: Jason Chinn/Yemaya)

These 40-foot boats are handmade and expertly navigated by the Miskito people. (Photo: Jason Chinn/Yemaya)

 

The indigenous Miskito people of Nicaragua sail on hand-made boats at night. You will find no GPS, no maps, no technology of any kind helping them find their way. They sail with the stars as their guide. In generations past, the Miskito used these boats to hunt turtles for food and commerce. But the indigenous boating culture has begun a slow fade into obscurity since turtle hunting was declared illegal.

Until now.

The Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Little Corn island off Nicaragua is working to preserve the Miskito’s way of life through a unique amenity — allowing guests to sail on an authentic boat with Miskito guides.

via Set Sail With the Miskito People in Nicaragua.

Having visited Puerto Cabezas somewhat recently, I saw these lovely sail boats and had a similar idea, wouldn’t it be pleasant to take a sailing cruise on one of these? Looks like the luxury resort on Little Corn Island, Yemaya, has had the same idea!

Anything to help retain local culture, which in this case means turning sailboats that previously were used to hunt endangered sea turtles into mini-cruise boats for tourists…I hope it works and wish them well!

Hey reader, watcha think?