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Everything was planned to perfection. Second-time alumni Sue and Carmi recently returned from an extended trip to Costa Rica during the month of May.  This is what they shared with us after their journey: "Hi Grettel!! Carmi and I want to thank you for the most WONDERFUL trip to your beautiful country. Everything was absolutely perfect and planned to perfection. The lodges were amazing and comfortable; Ely was a great driver and always on time; our adventures (zip lining, hanging bridges, canyoneering, hikes, ) were so fun, Gerardo was the BEST guide, and the extras (Vida Campesina, La Fortuna Hot Springs, Word Adventure) were great and special because we never would have done them without your suggestions. Throughout our 2weeks we did many hikes into the rainforests and Monteverde cloud forest and saw the most beautiful birds and animals. In Lapa Rios, Guillermo took us to see the macaws, and I took the Medicine Plant...

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I don't want this trip to end! How rewarding it is to hear a teenager say, “I don’t want this trip to end!"? Costa Rica and Central America have become a great destination for multigenerational family travel in the last few years. The country offers a lot in terms of personal safety, lovely accommodations and a variety of unique adventures. Plus, many cultural activities perfect for travel enthusiasts of all ages. With destinations like Costa Rica, grandparents have the opportunity to introduce the younger generation to the thrill of adventure, like ziplining through the jungle or surfing in warm tropical waters. It's truly an incredible gift for a grandparent to be able to plant the seeds of growth through travel and discovery at an early age. Where these positive experiences will help expand their horizons and possibly last a lifetime. Regardless if it's experiencing a new activity or taking part in a cultural tradition, the lessons learned...

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The whole trip was awesome! Great trip report from the Gelfand family on our Costa Rica Active Family Adventure What places or experiences did you enjoy most and why? At the end of each day, we would remark, "OK, this was my favorite day so far!" All of the outdoor adventures were great fun (zip lining, white water rafting, rappelling, horseback riding) but of particular note were the interactions with the locals, including ALL the local guides and the delicious lunches at Miriam's and at the top of the mountain at Santa Juana. Highlights: Oxcart factory - Hydro-electric energy was super cool!!! Vida Campensina Farm - GREAT lunch and very informative. GREAT local guide (Jose) Horseback Riding Tour - Supercool  Family canoeing and snorkeling - Another wonderful guide! Great activity! White water rafting - FANTASTIC tour, tour guide (John) and waterfall surprise!  Monkeys, sloths, gorgeous birds in the Manuel Antonio National Park Hike through rainforest - Seeing ants...

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The essence of the countries is in its people This year I had the opportunity to travel to Guatemala for a week and on a comprehensive 16 day trip to Belize, what a treat! Every time I visit Guatemala I’m amazed by the richness of its culture. Just imagine over 21 different indigenous Mayan populations fused with Spanish and European populations. One of my favorite things is to stroll around all the different villages near the Atitlan Lake where ancient Mayan dialect is still the primary language, which is uncommon to see in larger cities throughout Central American these days. It's a chance to really learn about their way of life: weaving the most intricate huipiles, teaching their natural dyeing techniques, etc. The Mayan influence is very strong everywhere you look, I think no other country has more international identity than Guatemala. To top it all our guide was able to spot a jaguar in the jungles of Tikal,...
One of the most moving and wonderful experiences of my life Guest Review from our Nicaragua Family Vacation "The trip was wonderful! Wildland Adventures helped me plan my trip and get prepared perfectly!! The activity our family enjoyed the most was the pottery experience, the horse and cart ride, and the walk on Mombacho!! Our trip leader, Lou, was miles beyond our expectations. She must be aone-in-a-lifetime guide. She guided us through the chaos of Granada with exceptional organization, insight, timing, warmth, cheerful spirits and charm. Lou seemed to know everyone everywhere personally - clearly a true and cherished friend to many of the Nicaraguans we met. It was so reassuring to be with someone who knew so much about the people and the country. After we parted ways, the kids both mentioned missing her and wanting to write her. Your most discerning and hard- to-impress visitors would be delighted, I'm sure, to be guided by Lou. Our driver Fran was...
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