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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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Bhutan is Beautiful! - Berkvam Family Review

Bhutan is Beautiful! - Berkvam Family Review

The Berkvam family just returned from traveling to Asia on an expansive journey from Delhi to Bhutan to Kathmandu. They explored the busy streets of Delhi and watched the sun rise behind the Taj Mahal then jetted off to Bhutan for a full week of exploring this remote nation. After attending the Paro tsechu (festival) and getting to meet Bhutanese royalty they continued on to Kathmandu for a quick day of exploring Nepal's capital. Here's a little more directly from the Berkvams:

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Meet Your Guides: Jai Bhati

Meet Your Guides: Jai Bhati
Namascar! More often than not the highlight of adventure trips to India is the guides. We know how important good guide is to a trip and we put a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. We focus on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The last time I traveled to India I compiled a list of questions so we could all get to know our Wildland guides a little better. Jai wasn't my main guide at Kanha Jungle Lodge but he was my youngest and most enthusiastic! Jai grew up in Kanha National Park, a famous tiger park known for being one of the largest and oldest in India. His parents run the lodge and are experts in the fauna and flora of the area as well as...
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Good News of the Day:Tiger Populations Are Growing!

Good News of the Day:Tiger Populations Are Growing!
The World Wildlife Fund announced Sunday that for the first time in 100 years the numbers of endangered, wild tigers is increasing! "After a century of constant decline, global wild tiger populations are on the rise! According to the most recent data, around 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild—up from an estimated 3,200 in 2010. We can attribute this updated minimum number—compiled from national tiger surveys—to rising tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal, and Bhutan; improved surveys; and enhanced protection of this iconic species. “This is a pivotal step in the recovery of one of the world’s most endangered and iconic species,” said Ginette Hemley, senior vice president of wildlife conservation at WWF. “Together with governments, local communities, philanthropists, and other NGOs, we’ve begun to reverse the trend in the century-long decline of tigers. But much more work and investment is needed if we are to reach our goal of...
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Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 1: East Africa

Where to go on Safari in Africa Part 1: East Africa
Africa is HUGE! How huge? You could stuff the USA, Mexico, Peru, China, and India inside its borders and still have room for Japan, New Zealand, Nepal, Bangladesh and ALL of Europe with room to spare!! The continent is vast and varied, to say the least. Deciding where to go in Africa is your first decision when planning your safari. Each destination offers an experience that is unique and awe-inspiring; whether you travel to Eastern Africa or Southern Africa the wildlife will astound you. On a Wildland Adventures African safari, your most memorable and meaningful experiences will be among the people you meet, our exceptional guides and the indigenous people. Africa Program Director, Chris Moriarty, has spent years exploring the continent and can help you decide what will be best for you. This blog begins my three part series on where to go on safari in Africa and for this one...
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