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Northface Women's Horizon II pants I got my first pair of Women's Horizon II Pants (black) about four years ago for a safari in Africa and since then that’s the only type of pants I like to travel with. They are especially nice for traveling in Central America, where I work and play. Since then I've bought two other pairs in beige and olive green. They are perfect for the sometimes intense tropical weather conditions you can find at these destinations. The pants are super light weight, dry very quickly and offer a lot of mobility and flexibility for climbing, hiking and trekking. They also feature roll up cuffs with tabs to keep the hems out of mud or pools of waters and provide some relief when it gets too hot. Having a good pair of pants in the jungle is important because they can also protect you from bug bites. It has a secure-zip...
Nicaragua’s Newest Airport Is Officially Open If you've been planning a trip to Nicaragua there is good news! The newest airport is officially open and that means it’s even easier to get to the enchanting Ometepe Island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. The La Paloma Airport received its inaugural flight on La Costeña Airlines from Managua. The flight from Managua to Ometepe Island is about a 20-minute domestic flight. Ometepe Island is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is home to richly diverse habitats and wildlife, as well as incredible culture and history. Its two distinct volcanoes, Concepcion and Maderas, grace the skyline as you glide into the new Ometepe Airport from Managua. Airfare costs about $65 one-way, or $100 roundtrip. You can also take the ferry as we have done in the past. Either way, it’s worth the trip to Ometepe!  Why is Ometepe such an attractive destination? Well there is a wide variety of...
Stay Dry and Cool: Lightweight Travel Umbrella Living in the tropics and constantly traveling throughout Central America in very variable weather conditions has made me realize that ponchos, expensive rain jackets, caps and hats can be helpful but a small simple umbrella can be very handy. Umbrellas have many great functions and can not only keep you dry on a rainy day, but also keep you cool in hot sunny weather conditions. It is an item I always carry with me in my day pack as you can never predict the weather here in the tropics. For style and functionality I would recommend the Lewis N. Clark Automatic Travel Umbrella, you can find it on Amazon for $16.50 and it comes in a several different colors to fit your Wild style. It's also light, automatic and packs every easily into a daypack. You can have a lot of fun in the sun, but the sun can be a great...
How to Make a Local Connection Traveling to Costa Rica Many of our guests traveling to Costa Rica attribute their ‘highlights’ to the special people they meet along the way. From farmers to shop owners, local families, teachers and students, our expert guides and drivers,  all the 'Ticos' you meet will make your trip to Costa Rica an adventure to remember. In fact, many of them are my friends. As Wildland's Central America Program Specialist, I am a 'Tica' living in my native Costa Rica, so I'm always finding new people I want you to meet. Our local connections here allow me to handcraft one of a kind Costa Rica adventure vacations that give our travelers an authentic cultural experience and an especially unforgettable journey.  Here are just some of the local connections I love sharing with our travelers in Costa Rica. Rodrigo Rodrigues Oranganic Coffee Farm: I first met Rodrigo at an organic farmers market and discovered that he owns a...

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Nicaragua with children? Si! Nicaragua is an ideal family destination. Explore volcanoes and, wildlife nature reserves, sleepy surf towns with endless unspoiled beaches, charming colonial cities to explore by horse-drawn carriage, bike, or on foot.  Family friendly hotels offer kid-style cuisine, hammocks for napping and free form swimming pools along with plenty of outdoor activities for children 5 and older up. Recently a Wildland family traveled with their 6 and 10 year olds who enjoyed sports matches with local children chocolate tasting at the Chocolate Museum and discovered pottery making at a local artisan’s house. Shared activities are fun and rewarding for locals and Wildland travelers as it creates a sense of unity and joy knowing your adventure is contributing to the economic well-being of local communities while preserving their culture, traditions and environment.  Laurie shared the following with us from her family trip to Nicaragua.  "One of the main reasons we chose this...
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