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'Christmas Bird Count' Soars in Costa Rica for 2012

by Shannon Farley

Costa Rica’s 2012 “Christmas Bird Count at …


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on December 23, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

Tortuguero's Waters Give Refuge to Endangered Sea Turtles and Manatees

They live in the sea, are on the World Wildlife Fund’s “Endangered Species List”, and frequent the waters around…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on December 10, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Boutique Hotels Win Acclaim in Costa Rica

Boutique hotel L'Acqua Viva in Costa Rica's Nosara beach

Personally, I prefer staying in small boutique hotels. Large chain hotels have their function, though I rather like when the receptionist remembers my name and is personable enough to care how I am and how my stay is going. I like waiters who remember I favor water without ice and that my mid-afternoon coffee is an absolute must … with a healthy shot of warm milk, if you please. I am…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on December 10, 2012 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Wild & Steamy Costa Rica - Visit Tortuguero National Park

By Shannon Farley

Tortuguero is like the imaginary jungle coast in Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.” It is a wild place.

You can just imagine what was going through Christopher Columbus’ mind when he anchored off the palm-fringed beach in 1502 … “I have come to the end of the earth,” he must have mused.

The Tortuguero…


Added by Shannon Farley on December 9, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

The Tropics' Pivotal Role in Climate Change - And What It Means in Costa Rica

By Shannon Farley

Take a deep breath. Now imagine your lung capacity reduced by one-fifth. Find it a bit harder to breathe? What if that lessens?

Now take your focus out to a global view, and you hav e a clear picture of what is happening in the…


Added by Shannon Farley on December 1, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Alabama’s Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

The area along Alabama’s gulf coast is unique with great beaches and wildlife refuges. More than 370 species of birds have been identified on the refuge during migratory seasons. The largest are usually ospreys and several species of herons. At the other extreme, seven species of hummingbirds have…


Added by Sandra & John Scott on November 15, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Dhikala Safari Zone of India's Corbett National Park Reopens

After having been closed in mid-June, the Dhikala Safari Zone will again open for tourist form 15th of November as scheduled every year. It is the most famous tourist zone among all the four tourist zones of Corbett Park. One can perform jeep safaris and canter safaris here but having jeep safari here one needs to have a night-stay permit and canter safari can be done staying outside the core area of national park.



Added by Global Tourism India on November 10, 2012 at 9:42am — No Comments

In Kenya, Up on God's Mountain

Take a slow hike up Mt Kenya to enjoy the scenery and adventure


Mt. Kenya, Kenya’s highest mountain and Africa’s second highest mountain after Mt. Kilimanjaro, it is estimated to be about 2.5 million years old. Its awe inspiring spectacle that dominates the central highlands of Kenya and is located 180 KM north of Nairobi within the Mt. Kenya National Park. …


Added by LuyanziTours on October 14, 2012 at 3:57pm — No Comments

Australia: Diving With Your Life at Stake


It is not much of a city – but the ocean has the more to offer. With water so blue that photos seem artificial afterwards, Cairns in northeast Queensland, Australia, attracts divers from all over the world to experience the most magnificent maritime environment nature has to offer.

Swordfishing and a gold rush built Cairns,…


Added by Traveling Erik on October 7, 2012 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

Driving in Paradise - Panama

When one thinks of paradise, Panama has to be near the top of the list.

In the 90s Costa Rica fast became the chic eco destination for Americans, Canadians and Europeans.  Many expats started buying land and relocating. In the last ten years, a new nirvana was discovered, Panama.

Countries with both beach and jungle are especially appealing. The world is full of small countries where you can view nature and perhaps surf in the same day. Panama fits the…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on September 29, 2012 at 11:16am — No Comments

Monteverde, Costa Rica, the Visit of a Lifetime

The year was 1998. There was a very small flow of visitors coming to Costa Rica, about 100,000 according to the official numbers. A decade later, that number has increased up to 2 million tourists per year. This $1.9 billion industry is mainly based on Eco-tourism and has been driven by the green buzzword.

As congested…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on September 26, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Hacienda Guachipelín Hotel at Costa Rica's Rincón de la Vieja Volcano


Adventure beckons at the exceptional and exciting Hacienda Guachipelin Hotel in Costa Rica’s northern Pacific province of Guanacaste. Lying at the base of the active Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, Hacienda Guachipelin is a working horse and cattle ranch celebrating Guanacaste’s cowboy heritage in the heart of the savanna.…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on September 21, 2012 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Sustainable Tourism is Changing the Face of Travel in Costa Rica and the World

It’s big business, this ecotourism.

It drives entire economies of countries like Kenya, Botswana, Belize, South Africa, Laos, and especially here in…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on September 9, 2012 at 10:32am — 4 Comments

Monument Rocks: Not Your Typical Kansas

It has been a long-standing rule that when traveling through Kansas, it is best to do so at night because there is a common thought that there is nothing to see, but I believe I can prove that notion wrong. We had three days, two kids, and a small budget to drive out to one of Kansas’s geographic wonders and back again, finding new places along the way to explore.

The seven-hour drive from Kansas City was always too much to tackle so I had put Monument…


Added by Nathan Hershley on September 2, 2012 at 1:25pm — No Comments

The Romance of Old-fashioned Train Travel in Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest

The romance of traveling by train never fades. Trains mean a journey. The feeling of travel while sitting on a train is unique. The scenery flows past in a way not like from an airplane or in a car – especially if you’re the one driving and you can’t sightsee, but also because a train crosses countryside instead of following busy roads.…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on August 27, 2012 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Kapchorwa: The Land & Culture that Produced Uganda’s Second Olympic Gold Medalist, Stephen Kiprotich

Kapchorwa, found in Eastern Uganda at the base of Mt. Elgon, is not endowed with that many…


Added by Krystal Christine on August 25, 2012 at 9:29am — No Comments

Costa Rica's Caño Negro, An Extradordinary Protected Wildlife Refuge


Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is the house of thousands of emerald basilisks, giant bear ants, jaguars, caimans, ocelots, green iguanas, river turtles, monkeys, pumas, bats and prehistoric fishes such as the Tropical Gar. This wildlife refuge is also the abode of rare birds like the northern jacanas, ibises, jabiru storks, anhingas, cormorants and roseate spoonbills. Set near the Nicaraguan border in a remote area, reaching this refuge is…


Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on August 18, 2012 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Paradise Undiscovered on Ambergris Caye at the Portofino Resort, Belize

When the Belize Tourist Board suggested that I take a trip to explore the ”Central American Nirvana” once known as British Honduras, I quickly jumped at the opportunity. A trip was arranged by the tourist board to visit to the Belize Zoo, and a stay at Cave’s Branch Resort for a “bungle in the jungle.” After three days in the jungle rappelling and spelunking (cave diving), I was off to my next adventure and the reason most travelers come to Belize. A trip to Belize’s barrier reef. A trip to…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on July 31, 2012 at 9:56am — 3 Comments

INBioparque is a Fun Eco-Daytrip from San José, Costa Rica

Staying in
Costa Rica’s 
San Jose metropolitan area and looking for a fun, natural activity for the day?
INBioparque is a great half-day trip close by that gives you an enjoyable and educational look at Costa Rica’s incredibly varied biodiversity all in one place.



Added by Danny Solano Alvarez on July 22, 2012 at 10:24am — 4 Comments

Rappelling the Black Hole in Belize - Not Your Everyday Rush

 Rappelling 300 feet down a cliff into the Black Hole



When the Belize Tourist Board asked me to come to Belize to get a taste of their “slice of paradise,” I gladly accepted. As a scuba diver I was well aware that Belize is the world’s second largest barrier reef, only…


Added by Nicholas Kontis on June 26, 2012 at 10:37am — 1 Comment

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