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Doing Little Corn Island in style

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While Little Corn Island is the very definition of an off-the-beaten-track destination, recent developments have made it possible to experience this secret Caribbean island with a reasonable degree of luxury. Word has gotten out about this place, but it is still relatively unspoiled: as such, the time to experience this place is now.

With so much Little Corn Island land for sale, it’s not hard to look five years down the road and imagine this place being less idyllic and serene than it is right now. With that in mind, check out our guide below so that you can do Little Corn Island in style before it is too late…

STAY: Yemaya Resort

Located on the east coast of Little Corn Island, Yemaya Resort is a luxury lodge that blends seamlessly into the surrounding environment with its ecologically sensitive design.

The focus on luxury begins at Managua’s international airport, with priority boarding on your La Costena flight to Big Corn Island. It continues with a private boat transfer from the public wharf to Yemaya Resort.

Rooms contain comfortable king-size beds, a sizable bathroom with an indoor garden, and 24 hour power that is supplied by solar panels.

Equipped with a yoga studio, a bar and restaurant, and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island,  it is a place that you will have a hard time leaving at the end of your stay.

EAT: Cafe Desideri

On days when you find yourself in the main village, eat lunch or dinner (or both) at Cafe Desideri. Specializing in Italian food, you’ll be surprised at the quality that you will find at such a humble looking establishment.

From serving up the best coffee on the island, to making good use of the fresh seafood catches that come ashore every day, you’ll be blown away by your experience here.

In the evenings, there is often live music to accompany your meal …  just be sure that you have headlamps or transport arranged to get back to Yemaya if you are staying here past sunset.

DO: Go SCUBA diving

Think that the only thing to do on Little Corn Island is to admire its scenery while you lay back in your own personal sun lounger? That’s not at all the case, as SCUBA diving and snorklers have many spectacular reefs to explore all around the island.

Sea turtles, dolphins, and the occasional hammerhead shark will be your companions as you make your way between colorful coral formations.

The underwater world that can be found around Little Corn Island will amaze you just as much as what can be found on dry land.

Turn a picture into a memory with 3D printing

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How to make your own souvenirs with CGI and 3d Printing

Traveling is a great way in which to embrace and see the world. Likewise, the souvenirs which are gained from such trips are our way of holding onto the memory of that place. And where there are gifts and trinkets which are available at every turn, many of these lack the personal touch and the specifics of the memory. With the advances in 3D modeling and 3D printing, travelers can use their photographs to have custom unique models printed to really showcase the memorable spots they visit. Here is how to do it.

Take pictures of the spot from multiple angles

If you are visiting a native temple and want to have it modeled out, then take pictures from as many angles as you can with your camera. This will allow the 3D modeler to have the right perspectives of the space so that it can be modeled out in 3d for printing. The more detail that you can give the more detail can be integrated into the design. Don’t be overly concerned with capturing the perfect shot or the perfect angle, a skilled CGI artist can generally find photographs of the area to use as reference when you don’t have that specific angle. The only time in which you will want to be concerned with the capturing the area in high detail is when:

  • You are in a remote location that does not have a lot of technology
  • You are capturing something totally unique to that area and not available online
  • You are capturing something organic (such as a person’s face, an animal, or a really nice plant)

What if you do not have any pictures?

The easiest way to find the model that you are looking for is to look for a 3d model which has already been created for that area. 3D models can be found in abundance and it is usually only a matter of typing in the location or the name of what you are looking for to get a selection. Remember when picking a model that the more details and polys a model has the harder it will be to print.

Have the pictures made into a model

Use a computer animator and a multimedia artist to model out your photographic image. This can be done in a number of programs. However, 3ds max and Maya are the most common for 3D Printing. Ensure that the modeler of the photographs can output to .stl format and that they can deliver the model file to you. Print according to the function of the souvenir. For example, you can print a model to make the following:

  • Inserts for snow globes
  • Necklaces and earrings
  • Custom cell phone case (such as having the tower of London extruding from the back face of the case)
  • Shelf Statues
  • Models for your Travel blog or journal (which would not require 3d printing but just the model)
  • Custom toys for gifts (such as a 3D model of a unique car, bus, or train)

For the best results and the least amount of impact on your wallet, look for a freelancer or a 3d artist which offers 3D printing services. This cuts out having to use two different artist to get your souvenirs made.

Paint your model

Unfortunately, 3D printers are limited to the exterior detail that they can add to your custom printed souvenir. You will have to paint the model yourself. There are solid color options and various materials available which could bypass this need. Yet, for those which want to have a bit more detail, painting will be a must.

Is 3D printing worth the time and effort to the traveler

If you think of the amount of pictures and various media that you collect on a trip, and couple this with the over priced merchandise that is available in most locations then the answer is yes it is worth it. Pre-made 3D models can be purchased from a number of sites for as low as $10 if not found for free. The 3D printing is a bit more expensive and I would advise anyone that is going to print a great deal of their souvenirs to consider purchasing their own hobby style 3d Printer (which is about $300). Financially the souvenir made in this way is beneficial. If you use your photographic images to have a custom model made, then that is priceless.