Frenchman Mr. Villain: lucky to survive a non-guided hike on Consiguina Volcano, #Nicaragua

Villain gets beaten by Cosigüina volcano

Frenchman who disappeared in Cosigüina is found

Saul Martinez10/04/2016

After being rescued, the Frenchman was taken to hospital in Chinandega. PRESS / SAUL MARTINEZ

The Frenchman identified as Franck Jöel Daniel Villain, 31, who disappeared on Friday, April 8th after climbing alone on Cosigüina volcano was spotted in the Cabo de Hornos area, on the Cosigüina peninsula, the Unified Search and Rescue (UBR) team of the of the General Directorate of Fire (DGB) of Managua, with the help of local staff in Leon and Chinandega of volunteers.The discovery was made shortly after 9:00 pm on Sunday April 10 and it was learned that the Risk Management Unit (UGR) of the municipality of El Viejo, Chinandega, traveled to Potosi to give aid to the foreigner who was found to be dehydrated and with a wounded leg.

The Frenchman is recovering in hospital in Chinandega where he was taken at about eleven o’clock Sunday night. He said yesterday that decided to leave the abandoned ranch where he had taken refuge, he started walking at night and found the peasant Amilcar Lazo, who took him to his house and gave him drink. 

From there, they called the authorities and asked if they were searching for a foreigner. Mr. Villain said he works in a museum in France and wanted to know the place, before he had been in the ruins of Tical in Guatemala, then Honduras and last Monday he entered Nicaragua. It was also in Cerro Negro.

After his experience, he recommended tourists come up with a guide to avoid risks. After leaving the hospital he says he will go to Leon, Managua and has plans to go to Ometepe. He will then travel to Costa Rica.He thanked firefighters and villagers who searched for him.Volcan-Cosiguina


Dionisio Jose Lopez Ruby, first chief commander of the Fire Department of the municipality El Viejo, reported that a tour guide found the foreigner on Friday and that he had said that he would climb to the viewpoint of Tres Países  and would continue to the other side, to the northwest side .

The guide showed the Frenchman the path to take, however Villain apparently became disoriented.

Villain sent a message to a friend abroad to him know that the tourist was lost.It was known that by Villain sending a message at dawn on Saturday to his Romanian friend, letting him know he was lost and could not find the way back.

From Romania a friend of the Frenchman sent a message to a citizen of Matagalpa and this person in turn called the fire department of Managua. which then warned the DGB of Managua, Leon and the Civil Association of Volunteer Fire Chinandega and El Viejo what scoured from 9 April began.

The last thing the French had written to his friend in Romania is that it was in a desolate house where there was a bean field near something that looked like a military sector. The cellphone battery then discharged.

Frank Villain. PRESS / Photograph taken from his Facebook account.

Frank Villain. PRESS / Photograph taken from his Facebook account.


On September 3rd, Yucenly Tyyacount Israeli, who climbed from the region of El Jobo and then got lost the way, went deep in the woods where he slept and the next day was found dehydrated and lost. 

Yucenly was rescued by members of the Civil Defense in the municipality of El Viejo and people who participated in the search.


I mean really, do you want photos of you looking like this getting into the press?

Also the 1st of February three locals were rescued who went down to the lake to hunt deer. The firefighter commander Dionisio Jose Lopez Ruby suggested to the mayor of El Viejo that they better maintain the control the access to the Cosigüina Nature Reserve for visitors wanting to enjoy mountain tourism.

original story on La Prensa here–> Encuentran al francés desaparecido en Cosigüina

Villain gets beaten by Cosigüina volcano

First comment…is that it is good that the Frenchman with the interesting name of Villain survived his ordeal. We’re happy that he stumbled across a local campesino who took him home, gave him water and called the authorities. Good man!

Second…is that it appears that every once and a while foreign tourists need to be reminded that when they hike volcanoes in Nicaragua that they should hire a local guide. There was a similar story years ago about a German man who got lost on Concepcion Volcano on Ometepe Island and didn’t have a happy ending like Monsieur Villain did.


10,000 mentions of Nicaragua in the Panama Papers | Confidencial

World in a commotion because of the “Panama Papers”


Confidential analyzes more than ten thousand documents related to Nicaragua signed Mossak-Fonseca in the Panama Papers


Confidential journalist, Arlen Cerda, revealed in the edition of Monday’s program Tonight, that the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca had communication with various Nicaraguan firms seeking to establish links with them (including the case of former President Arnoldo Aleman). The responses of the latter to the signatures, including all the information extracted from the data released on Sunday, are included in a report which tells you how much Nicaragua is involved in this story of creating paper companies, fraud, bribery and use of tax havens.

“It’s a mega database of leaked documents that consist of11.5 million files to give you an idea, they are 46 times larger than the leak of Wikileaks that upended the world five years ago,” said Cerda. Mossack Fonseca has been branded as “the greatest frontmen platform in Latin America and a money machine.” But they are not alone.

It all started with a database given to journalists of the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. A database that a year ago was shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that then gave access to 370 journalists from nearly 100 countries, including Arlen Cerda of Confidential .


In Tonight she explained that there is a work schedule specifying the order in which the findings of each media outlet that has dived into the digital files including photos, emails, accounts, and contracts to be issued. There is also, among journalists, a secret exchange of information and clues. In Nicaragua we found at least ten thousand entries, which are few compared to those of Venezuela, that border the 240 mil.


It is uniting millions of scattered pieces. Confidential is still in the process of analyzing them. More so far undiscovered scandals will be revealed, confessed Cerda.


The controversy of Mossack Fonseca, and a swing of anomalies, is a key fact in journalism. On the way to do it. “Having been trained as journalists with this scoop as fundamental as this one, sometimes they do not want to release it, I think we are entering a new stage,” she stressed to the director of the Media Observatory, Guillermo Rothschuh.


Arlen Cerda, meanwhile, said “research is not only historic for the number of documents that were leaked and is the largest to date, but is also a milestone because it is the largest global collaboration of journalists it has been done so far. ”

The involved

Icelandic Prime Minister David Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, is the character so far most shaken by the data leak. He used an offshore firm to cover millions of dollars in investments during the financial crisis.

Discontent was immediate. Monday, during a demonstration demanding the resignation of the official, thousands of Icelanders outside of parliament threw eggs and yogurts. Sunday Gunnlaugsson left an interview in which he was questioned about the shell company he created with his wife. Protesters accused him of being a traitor and demanded his resignation.


In Argentina, the opposition has charged against President Mauricio Macri family and football star Lionel Messi as he came to his defense.


Mexico, Spain, Chile, begin to research while Panama offered to start their inquiries. The government regretted that the world identifies the country with this scandal.


” I would rather call it The Mossack-Fonseca papers”, instead of the journalistic revelation, known as the papers of Panama, said the Central American country ‘s ambassador in Madrid, Maria Mercedes in Guard Corró, EFE reports today.


“These are not the Panama papers. These are the roles of an actor in a global industry, many of whose users are decent people seeking discretion, not opacity, “said the diplomat.

This firm, founded in Panama, has offices in 42 countries and twenty companies registered in jurisdictions worldwide, De la Guardia, who said she recalled: “In the first instance, it is about the clientele of an office; second, about the use that the customer may have given the companies registered through this”.


The Panamanian diplomat regretted that his country “has taken the brunt” in a matter of image, although only 20 percent of companies investigated more than 200,000 were actually registered in Panama .


If positively analyzed, according to the ambassador, this “scandal” will help all measures taken by Panama to improve the transparency of service sectors “to ensure they are implemented faster and harder”.


Mossack Fonseca has had no more to apologize to customers for the exhibition and the thrashing of public opinion.


Are almost four decades of confidential information, it is no longer more than 214,000 ghosts and personalities from at least 21 countries involved in the scandal societies.


Central Americans involved in “Panama Papers”

In 2009 in Guatemala, the Panamanian firm sold a company and offered services to a group of people who had a criminal record and ties to publicly known financial scandals in both countries. This is the company that was headed by the Guatemalan Marllory Chacon Rossel, who was later identified as the most active money launderer in Guatemala and leader of a cell of the Sinaloa cartel.


In a report published by Univision News, and reproduced by several Guatemalan media, highlighted that although at the time of the creation of the company is not publicly known of the illicit activities of Chacon, a simple investigation would have enabled the firm;s attorneys to learn that two other members of the company were dragged into legal problems.


However, the alert that Mossack Fonseca had to face a possible leak of drug trafficking interests did not come from its internal office of laundering prevention, but the US government in 2012 identified Chacon as the leader of a narco group It was operating in Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.


In Costa Rica, the enourmous data leak known as the Panama papers were investigated by the Semanario University and the site .

“The naked data release exposes the enormous legal, economic, intellectual and logistical effort made by a group of politicians, businessmen and bankers from Costa Rica to transfer their capital abroad, make domestic tax advantages and circumvent the maximum payment of taxes in Costa Rican territory” said the Semanario Universidad.


In the information appears to indicate that deputy Otto Guevara, of the Libertarian Movement, who has blocked a vote on a bill against tax fraud and was the notary who recorded the subsidiary Mossack Fonseca in San Jose in July 1989.


Guevara said that the incident occurred 23 years ago and could not remember who recorded the associates and partners. “I do not know (a Mossack Fonseca),” he said.

Among the companies cited, the now defunct tuna canning company, Borda Azul also appears, as well as the president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, Hermes Navarro (1999-2006) and the Cuban-American Ted Brink. This tuna processor installed a shell company in the British Virgin Islands that served to falsify exports and get monetary incentives granted by the government to exporters.


Meanwhile, in El Salvador, the digital newspaper El Faro reported that “more than 220 offshore companies were created under the umbrella of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, between 2000 and 2015 worked at least 33 Salvadoran clients” to transactions outside the control of the authorities.


Best Places To Retire In U.S. And Abroad –

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Bonnie Hayman, an International Living correspondent who lives in the coastal town of San Juan del Sur, found a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with an ocean view for $132,000. “I would never have been able to live in an ocean-view home in the States,” she said in International Living’s report. “I pay real estate taxes of just $151 a year.”

Debbie Goehring and her husband, who spend $1,089 a month to live on Ometepe Island, joined the Vivian Pellas Metropolitan Hospital health discount program in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. “Built to U.S. standards, this hospital provides excellent services to expats at about a quarter of what it would cost in the U.S.,” she said.

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Isn’t it about finding your best places to retire?

Hey reader(s) and robots! Here is another article about how Nicaragua should be on the list when considering low-cost with quality-living places retirement spots overseas.

There’s also a bit on low-cost cities in the US to live, which is good, I mean there are places in the the US that are perfectly appropriate places but maybe just don’t have the romance of moving abroad to some? I’m asking here folks, let me know what you think.

They went to a couple of the “go-to” expats here for the money quotes, in this case literally, and more power to ’em! If you click through to read, what stood out most is Peru, that a single person could live there for $500-$600 per month in a nice pleasant situation.

Could you live like this? (Ko Pha Ngan)

Could you live like this? (Ko Pha Ngan)

Here’s my comment I put on the story’s website:


Well Scott you do have a point there, don’t you? Peru looks pretty good here too, I wonder if it’s so? As usual readers are urged to do your own research and spend lots of time on the ground before making any major decisions, including buying property overseas.
But really this is a very standard “retire cheap in Latin America (with one SE Asian country thrown in) that relies heavily on outfits that promote the “sizzle” like IL steer you towards Gringo Accumulation Zones (GAZs). As mentioned about Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur, Granada and now also, Ometepe Island. Those are all lovely places but there is a lot more to the country (and the people!) than that!
The sometimes (or oftentimes) challenging aspect of actually living here is sort of another story not told by most of these sorts of articles, however informative they may be as one small aspect of living abroad, which is cost and quality of living.
If readers decide to visit Nicaragua, get in touch for our “soft landing” service.

Cheers, Mike @ El Porton Verde, Managua