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Explore the Beauty and Wonder of Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Ross French - November 6, 2019

Costa Rica is one of the most breathtaking places in the world to visit. If you are planning a trip, you won’t want to miss out on discovering the most beautiful and awe-inspiring spots of this amazing country. Whether you simply want to relax on the beach, or check out adorable wildlife during a hike, there is something for everyone in Costa Rica. Here are some of the best places to highlight the beauty and wonder of the country.

Ostional Wildlife Reserve

The Ostional Wildlife Reserve has a beach where turtles flock to lay their eggs. If you are lucky enough to be traveling during the week just before the new moon cycle, you should try to see this fantastic event. The olive ridley sea turtle swarm on the beach as they come out of the ocean to lay their eggs in the sand. You can spot huge groups of them for around four to seven days prior swimming in the waters. Then they emerge from the water to make their way ashore to find just the right spot to make a nest for their eggs. Those who live in the area protect the turtles against poachers while they make their journey and keep the beach clean and clear of debris for them as well.

Poas Volcano National Park

One of the most beautiful places to see in Costa Rica is definitely Poas Volcano National Park. If you love sightseeing, you won’t want to miss this wonder. The park is situated over 14,000 acres and has areas that give you a great view of the crater. You don’t have to worry about an eruption as the last major one occurred in 1910, and since then it has remained fairly dormant. The sheer beauty of this natural wonder makes the volcano one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Costa Rica. There are plenty of hiking trails throughout the park, and you can also spot plenty of wildlife. This area is perfect for full day adventure.

Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour

If you have a zest for fun and adventure, you should absolutely check out the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour. It is located a mere four miles from the luxurious Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo and offers excitement for the entire family. One of its biggest draws is the zip-line course, which allows you to safely zip your way above the trees and take in all the incredible sights below. You can also go on a guided ATV tour to take in the sights or go horseback riding.

Cahuita

Cahuita, which is a small town that boasts a national park by the same name, is a great place to go and veg out for the day. There is plenty to see and do, such as swimming, hiking, surfing, relaxing, watching lots of wildlife, and even hitting the local cantina. You can also enjoy plenty of great Caribbean style cuisine while you’re visiting.

Monteverde Cloud Forest

If you truly love hiking and being close to nature, don’t miss out on a tour of the Monteverde Cloud Forest. It is a biological reserve that is home to more than 2,500 plant species, hundreds of different animals and is simply breathtaking in its natural beauty. On average, around 70,000 people come to visit the forest every year. You can choose to go on a guided tour or simply tour the area by yourself.

These are only a few of the amazing attractions Costa Rica has to offer. Be sure to check them out and even explore your own favorite spots.

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CENTRAL AMERICA TRAVEL GUIDE

Central America - Eric Anderson - December 7, 2017

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Central America, the mass of land connecting Mexico to South America, is a mesmerizing place jeweled with pristine beaches, beautiful islands, lush rainforests, magnificent volcanos and lively people. Surrounded by both the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, the seven countries of Central America boast some of the most beautiful beaches and surfing waves in the whole world. Due to the regions disturbed history, the countries were avoided by most of the regular travelers for a long time. Only the true nomads and intrepid travelers knew to relish the untouched beauty of these secret lands. However, the secret has been out for the past few years, and tourism in the Central American countries have been booming since then. Our Central America Travel Guide will help you plan your trip to Central America, discussing the budget, food, places to see and things to do in these picturesque countries.

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN BELIZE TO HAVE THE PERFECT SEASIDE VACATION

Central America - Eric Anderson - December 1, 2017

The Central American country of Belize is just the perfect location to spend a luxurious seaside holiday. The country is full of Mayan ruins, lush green jungles to the west, and quaint Garifuna villages. But the true beauty of this country lies with its beaches and crystal clear waters. With its miles and miles long coastline running along the beautiful Caribbean Sea, and the water dotted with hundreds of pristine cayes and abundant marine life, Belize vacations by the sea are full of fun activities and luxury. You can spend a relaxing day at the beautiful beaches, swim or snorkel through the water, dive into the water to explore the beautiful marine life or take part in various other water-activities while you spend your time in Belize. Here are few of the must-do activities which will turn your seaside Belize adventure into an absolutely perfect one.

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TOP THREE THINGS TO DO IN HONDURAS

Honduras - Ross French - September 26, 2017

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The Central American country of Honduras has been slowly but steadily crawling out of its violent reputation and emerging as a paradise for travelers from all over the world. With its varied wildlife, abandoned Mayan ruins and beautiful national parks, Honduras is one of the best off the beaten path tourist destinations in Central America. The country is noticeably cheaper than the other destinations of Central America which makes it a great budget travel destination for backpackers. However, the low prices do not mean that Honduras has anything less for you in store. In fact, there are a lot of Honduras tourist attractions which should be counted as must visit attractions of Central America itself. To help you navigate through the lesser-known paths of Honduras, here are the top three things which you must try out when you travel to Honduras.

1. Explore the Copan Ruins

The ruins of this Mayan city is the most popular tourist attraction of Honduras. The Copan Ruins Archeological Site is, in fact, the most studies Mayan city in the whole world. Dating back nearly 2000 years, these ruins have been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. There are a lot of things to see in this Honduras tourist attraction. Explore the stelae and altars which surround the huge plaza, stand in awe in front of the ball court, or see the longest Mayan text ever known at the Hieroglyphic Stairway. There are so much to see, that it is impossible to explore the ruins in a simple visit.

2. Visit Roatan

Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands is also the most developed of the lot. This well-kept secret of Honduras has now become a really popular tourist spot due to its beautiful landscapes and diving opportunities. The beaches of this beautiful island especially make this destination one of the must visit Honduras tourist attractions. The West Bay Beach is particularly worth mentioning. Explore the mountainous interiors of the island, spend some relaxing days by the beach or dive into the colorful coral reefs – a trip to Roatan is must when you travel to Honduras.

3. Bird watch at Lago de Yojoa

It doesn’t matter if you are a birder or not. A trip to Lago de Yojoa should certainly be a must in your Honduras itinerary. Lago de Yojoa is the largest natural lake in Honduras, and it is just the perfect spot to watch some birds. More than 480 species of birds have been spotted in this huge lake. You can enjoy the beauty of the lake from the shore, or get into the water on a canoe. There are quite a number of hiking trails, waterfalls and even an underground cave system located in the nearby area, which you can explore. A lot of guided tours are also conducted to the nearby coffee plantations or the archeological sites. The lake also shares its borders with two national parks, namely Santa Barbara National Park and Cerro Azul Meambar National Park.

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TOP FOUR THINGS TO DO IN NICARAGUA

Nicaragua - Ross French - September 25, 2017

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Located in Central America, Nicaragua used to be a secret destination which was famous among backpackers and intrepid travelers. Tourists used to crowd at other locations like Costa Rica or Panama, whereas the true adventure seekers used to enjoy the unspoilt beauty that Nicaragua had in store for them. However over the past years, the word got around, and Nicaragua has become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Central America as more and more people started falling in love with the country’s unspoilt beauty. With its colorful cities, relaxing beaches, beautiful hiking trails, magnificent volcanos, dense jungle, beautiful islands and extremely warm locals, there are a ton of reasons why you should pack up your bags and travel to Nicaragua. And when you do, here are the top four things which you must try out while you are there.

1. Try volcano boarding

This is one of the most unique things that you must try out when you travel to Nicaragua. Visit Cerro Negro, an active volcano in Nicaragua, hike to the top and board down the slope of the mountain. You can easily enjoy this activity by booking a trip from Leon. It is one of the main reasons why people travel to Leon, and you cannot miss the chance of enjoying this one of a kind activity when you travel to Nicaragua.

2. Swim in the Somoto Canyon

Nicaragua is a paradise for adventure lovers, and if your choices are so inclined, then visiting the Somoto Canyon is another must do activity during your Nicaragua trip. The Nicaraguan version of the Grand Canyon was only discovered in 2004. The canyon boasts of picturesque locations with turquoise waters surrounded by huge milestone cliffs. Jump into the clear blue waters from one of the shorter cliffs and take a peaceful swim through the water.

3. Enjoy surfing

Like many other Central American countries, Nicaragua also boasts some of the most amazing surfing waves. With the slow breaking waves, the Nicaraguan surfing conditions are perfect for beginners and expert surfers alike. Hitting the waves on your surfboard is a must when you travel to Nicaragua. But if you don’t know anything about surfing, don’t worry. You can easily get a surf lesson at the San Juan del Sur beach or the Las Penitas beach. The lessons are really cheap, and it’s a great way to enjoy your time on the beaches of Nicaragua.

4. Hiking trip at the Miraflor National Park

Going on a hiking trip at the Miraflor National Park will surely be one of the highlights of your Nicaraguan adventure. This beautiful park is situated in Esteli in northern Nicaragua. There are a lot of treks conducted through the park, starting from one day to multi-day trips. You will get to hike through a pristine cloud forest, visiting small local farms and exploring hidden waterfalls and rivers. Chances of encountering other tourists are extremely less, and it is truly the perfect way to get away from the city-life, immerse yourself in pure nature and give up everything else. It is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have when you travel to Nicaragua.

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