Matthew Power [1974-2014] was an award-winning freelance print and radio journalist and a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine.

Exploring the New Nicaragua

National Geographic Adventure  |  September 2006


In 1866, one of America’s greatest writers set out to cross Nicaragua by boat. One hundred and thirty-nine years later, armed only with two leaky canoes, Matthew Power follows in his wake—and explores Central America’s hottest destination in the process.  

The Magic Mountain: Trickle-down economics in a Philippine garbage dump

The Upside: Fresh Air. The Downside: Squirrels.