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Grettel Calderon is a native “Tica” from Costa Rica who began her career as an executive secretary then translated her penchant for details and organization to become one of the most knowledgeable and proficient Costa Rica adventure travel planners. She now has over 16 years experience as our Central America Program Director designing Costa Rica eco tours and to Panama, Nicaragua and Belize from Wildland Adventures’ field office as our in-country expert. Always exploring her native country, Grettel has also traveled throughout Central, South and North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and Africa. After living 3 years in the United States Grettel gained valuable insight into planning Costa Rica travel vacations for active and inquisitive Americans. She is an introspective and a conscientious listener who understands each traveler’s personal interests and style, especially Costa Rica family vacations.

Belize it! Final week to save on our Belize Holiday Adventures

Belize it! Final week to save on our Belize Holiday Adventures
Final Week To Save $500 Off Your Belize Holiday! We’re holding some of the last remaining rooms at Belize’s best ecolodges and beach bungalows for this holiday season for five more days*. Be one of the lucky few to join our Holiday Jungle Tree House & Reef Adventure or Holiday Ruins, Reef & Rainforest Active Adventure, both with departures on December 24th and save $500 per adult/$300 per child/teen. Why not make your holiday plan today and tell your kids you’re leaving the wrapping paper at home. This space won’t last! *Offer valid until Friday, Oct 21, 2016. Holiday Ruins, Reef, & Rainforest Active Adventure8 Days: Explore by 4x4, boat, on foot and flippers! Ride horseback through the jungle, zip-line through the forest canopy, and canoe down winding rivers surrounded by monkeys, iguanas, and toucans. Hike through rainforests by day and search for nocturnal marine life at night.   Holiday Jungle...
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Save $500 off Belize Holiday Adventures

Save $500 off Belize Holiday Adventures
It’s 88 degrees in Belize today. And the December forecast calls for more of the same! If your dream holiday includes adventure and a hammock on a tropical beach, then we have just the deal for you! For a limited time, we’re offering a $500 per adult/$300 per child/teen savings on our December 24 departures of our Holiday Ruins, Reef & Rainforest Active Adventure (8 days) and our Holiday Jungle Tree House & Reef Adventure (9 days). As Wildland's Belize Program Director, I’ve had the great pleasure of spending a lot of time exploring the diverse landscapes, activities, and culture that Belize has to offer and here are my three favorites: Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) is a must-do day trip that should be included on every adventure to Belize and it is by far the most impressive cave in the Mayan lowlands. Located in the heart of the Belizean rainforest,...
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Your kids called... they want to go to Belize for the Holidays!

Your kids called... they want to go to Belize for the Holidays!
As the sunny days linger it’s hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close, but the shrinking daylight tells us that a new season is upon us. Back to school means the holidays are just barely over three months away. Lucky for you, we have space reserved for your family trip to Belize. The sun is ready to warm you up, and the accommodations will be more comfortable than home. Best of all, rather than take in all those extra holiday calories at home, work them off on your active Belizean holiday!  You don’t get any closer to the Belizean rainforest than you do while staying in your private treehouse on our Jungle Tree House and Reef Adventure! From your personal treetop perch at the Caves Branch Jungle Lodge you can experience the tropics like Indiana Jones - caving, rappelling, ziplining, inner tubing, exploring ancient Mayan ruins and more. ...
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Up for a walk in the clouds?

Up for a walk in the clouds?
Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to visit the Monteverde cloud forest in the north central part my homeland, Costa Rica. Without a doubt one of my favorite activities there is walking on the hanging bridges through the canopy of the tree tops. Sometimes called a "sky trek", the bridges give you the luxury of taking a walk high above the canopy floor to see close-up the incredible diversity of life in the treetops that just isn't visible from the ground. The hanging bridges allow travelers to explore at their own pace the vibrancy of the cloud forest canopy, and be able to take in the amazing panoramic vistas, the wildlife that call those trees home and the hundreds of species of trees that harmonize and unify to create an incredible collage of colors, aromas and views.  There are several in Costa Rica that I can highly recommend, but to...
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What is this Pura Vida thing?

What is this Pura Vida thing?
When you visit Costa Rica the first greeting you are likely to hear is ‘Pura Vida’ (pronounced ‘poo-RAH vee-DAH’). Literally translated it means “Pure Life”, mainly it is a sunny, feel good expression used to say hello or goodbye. It can also be used as a response if you are asked how you are doing (everything is just fine, everything is awesome, etc). There are many theories as to how the phrase ‘Pura Vida’ was born. The most common explanation comes from a Mexican movie of the same name that came to Costa Rica in 1956. The movie’s main character, who has a particularly positive attitude, encounters situations that would depress anyone but yet somehow he always remains optimistic in spite of the misfortune that surrounds him. By 1970, the phrase was being used widely in Costa Rica though it never took off in the same way in other countries. Since...
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