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Judith Kain House Museum in Puerto Cabezas

Located on the Caribbean coastline in the Autonomous North Atlantic Region (RAAN) of Nicaragua, the municipality of Puerto Cabezas offers visitors tranquility and unspoiled nature, along with warm hospitality. Visitors who are interested in the history and culture of this little slice of paradise should be sure to visit the Judith Kain House Museum in the town of Bilwi, once the home of Nicaraguan artist Judith Kain and now the showcase of the diverse cultures found in the region.

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The Critically Endangered Nicaraguan Spider Monkey

Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'Critically Endangered', Nicaraguan spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi geoffroyi) may be found in undisturbed areas of the country's larger reserves, including the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve and the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve. They are easily identified by their exceptionally long limbs, and have grayish or brownish back, chest, arms and thighs, with black hands and feet - the reason they are also called black-handed spider monkeys. Some have black elbows, knees and lower arms and legs. Their abdomens are yellow or buff and their faces are hairless and black in color, with buff rings around their eyes. Although they do not have thumbs they are able to grip branches firmly, while their prehensile tails aid their agility by acting as a fifth limb.

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Nicaraguan Novelist Rosario Aguilar

At the recent Festival of Literature 2014 hosted by ANIDE (Asociación Nicaragüense de Escritoras) in Managua, tribute was paid to Nicaraguan author Rosario Aguilar, one of the pioneers of ANIDE. It was also the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Aguilar's first novel Spring Sleepwalker - five decades in which the talented novelist has made a noteworthy contribution to Nicaraguan literature. Aguilar has received a number of awards, including the VI International Prize for Latin American and Caribbean Literature Gabriela Mistral in 2001 and the Order of Ruben Dario Cultural Independence in 2010.

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Nicaragua's Vulnerable Bird Species

Nicaragua is without a doubt a spectacular birding destination, but ongoing research has revealed that of the 676 species of birds to be found in Nicaragua, fifteen species are listed as 'globally threatened' by BirdLife International, as well as being listed as 'vulnerable' on the IUCN Red List. Included in these lists is the yellow-naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata), of which there are three recognized subspecies, with one being found only in eastern Honduras and northeastern Nicaragua - Amazona auropalliata parvipes. These lime green members of the parrot family are easily distinguished from other species by the bright yellow markings on the nape of the neck extending over the top of the head between the eyes. They have exceptional abilities to mimic a wide range of sounds, including human speech, and have mischievous, playful personalities, which makes them popular as pets. Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons their numbers in the wild are diminishing, as young birds are illegally captured for the exotic pet trade. Deforestation is another reason for the dwindling numbers of these attractive and intelligent birds.

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Tranquility on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast

Nature lovers looking for a tranquil getaway spot may want to consider the territory of Pearl Lagoon in the Southern Autonomous Atlantic Region (RAAS) on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The little town of Pearl Lagoon has a selection of basic accommodation and makes an ideal base for exploring the natural and cultural attractions in the surrounding areas. With fresh fish, shrimp and lobster readily available, visitors can enjoy a variety of delicious cuisine which has been influenced by the various ethnic groups living there.

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Enjoy Nature's Super-Food in Nicaragua

Nicaragua's fertile soil and temperate climate provide the perfect environment to cultivate a wide range of tasty fruit and vegetables. In addition to the common yellow banana known all over the world, Nicaragua produces some more unusual varieties such as the red colored 'banana Caribe' and rectangular-shaped 'guineo cuadrado'. But whatever shape, size or color they come in, bananas are packed with vitamins and minerals, offering a nutritious meal or snack with a host of health benefits making them a worthwhile addition to everyone's daily diet.

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Nicaragua's Fascinating Perro de Agua

Found in a number of Nicaragua's Ramsar Sites, the neotropical otter (Lontra longicaudis) is a fascinating animal, at home in the water and on land. Also known as the perro de agua (river dog), la plata otter, long-tailed otter and South American otter, this carnivorous mammal of the mustelidae family is listed as 'data deficient' by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), meaning that there is insufficient data to determine its conservation status. However, it is listed as endangered by the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and is currently a protected species in Nicaragua.

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Nicaragua's Amazing Amphibians

Nicaragua is known for its tremendously diverse flora and fauna, and visitors to any of the 78 protected areas in the country are likely to see a wide range of animals in the various habitats. Among these are more than seventy listed amphibian species, some of which are considered to be 'vulnerable' from a conservation point of view. The more colorful amphibian species in Nicaragua include the green and black poison dart frog, the strawberry poison dart frog, the hourglass tree frog and the red-eyed tree frog.

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