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Leave Winter Behind, It's Time To Get Tropical Winter weather means heavy shoes, bulky gloves, big coats and umbrellas... Leave all that behind and give your family the ultimate winter getaway at a tropical destinations where the sun shines throughout the year. Travel to Central America can get pretty busy over the Holidays, but we still have some space available on three adventures to help your family escape winter. Yes, space is getting pretty limited as trips continue to fill up fast.  Costa Rica Family Vacation Dec 24-31: and Dec 26-Jan 02: *Only room for one more family on each departure.  Families who still like to be on the go and are interested in learning about different types of ecosystems and have fun at the beach should consider this week long family adventure. This is a great adventure for multigenerational travel, just enough adventure for children and grandparents.        Costa Rica Active Family Adventure Dec 26-Jan 02:...
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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Have fun getting off-the-beaten-path I just got a review from a family who loved their participation on our Undiscovered Caribbean Costa Rica Adventure, because of all the great activities and exposure to the local Caribbean culture. The idea was to create a trip which engages travelers to participate and where they can feel more like guests than tourists. The connection that is created when travelers learn from locals daily lives and their traditions. We are not satisfied with just taking guests off the beaten path on this trip, we take guests deep inside a part of Costa Rica where traditional life prevails. A place where they can interact meaningfully with local people and indigenous cultures. Very few adventure travelers ever have this experience, because many native indigenous people of Costa Rica are isolated in reservations and remote areas. Having the chance to interact with local people is one of the things people enjoy the most,...

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Guiding is a Family Affair One of our senior guides in Costa Rica recently read my blog My Family Roots in Turkey and was moved to write me his personal sentiments about his own family and how he views Wildland travelers as his own extended family visiting him at home.  This is what makes Costa Rica guide, Leo Chaves, such a great Wildland guide. I like to say that being a good Wildland guide is really easy. Of course, it requires the requisite study of history, ecology, archaeology, or other areas of expertise, first-aid training, and leadership characteristics are also necessary. But the reason it should also be easy is because ultimately the most important attribute of a guide is to share your Self! And that's what I really appreciate about Leo's comments: "Family roots and history are so important.  Reading your words about your family brought back memories of many personal moments. My mother...
Top 5 Reasons to Head to Costa Rica With my Padre My Dad and I are traveling to Costa Rica next week for a much needed vacation. I thought it would be a neat idea for each of us to write down the top 5 reasons we want to visit Costa Rica and compare them. A little about us first:  for starters, I'm in my 20's and my Dad is in his 60's. We've both been very fortunate to travel extensively, but his list is much more extensive than mine. Needless to say, finding a destination neither of us has been to was a challenge in itself. Luckily we have similar interests and both enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, snorkeling, etc...  We decided on Costa Rica in a very technical fashion... we both wrote down a list of our top 5 places we wanted to visit next and Costa Rica was the match!  Now for the reasons we want to go to Costa...
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