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Kermit the frog lives in the tropics! Some of the smallest things you’ll see in Costa Rica are frogs! Because of a recent discovery, today I’m going to talk about glass frogs. These creatures are usually 2-3 centimeters in length and come in a variety of colors, but usually green. They have forward pointing eyes just like one of the better-known frogs we grew up with - Kermit from the Muppets! Here in Costa Rica we call it La Rana Rene. The latest frog discovered in Costa Rica has a remarkable resemblance to Kermit, it was named Diane's Bare-Hearted Glassfrog in honor of the senior author’s mother Janet Diane Kubicki. The three authors are Brian Kubicki, Stanley Salazar, and Robert Puschendorf. You typically find these frogs near streams holding onto leaves or branches. They lay their eggs close to the water and when tadpoles are ready to hatch they normally get washed into a stream or river...

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The Osa Peninsula is just...Wow! Happy travelers share their experience after joining our Into the Wilds of the Osa Peninsula Adventure. As a special birthday celebration we arranged for them to have a surprise lunch by the waterfalls at Lapa Rios which they loved!  Who doesn’t appreciate having a trip filled with little surprises and with the opportunity to meet local characters who shared their enthusiasm and passion for their country.  The Osa Peninsula is a great place to pamper yourself amidst the lush tropical rainforest and there's no better scenario that can bring you into a state of relaxation than the soft music of birds chirping from dawn to dusk.  It makes a perfect getaway for girlfriends who want to get away from it all!   Here is what the Brown sisters had to share with us: "Hi Grettel, Wow, thank you! We had an absolutely amazing time in Costa Rica. And everything went very smoothly...
Is the Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National park for kids? ABSOLUTELY! Some of our wilder Wildland family travelers want their children to experience the most secluded, pristine and off-the-beaten-path areas of Costa Rica!  This was the case with Katherine and Jeremy, two nature lovers who wanted to show their children (Oscar and Lucia) the magic of the lush tropical forest. They decided their first trip would be to Costa Rica to visit the Osa Peninsula and Manuel Antonio.  Here is what they shared about their: "Hi Grettel, Thanks for helping us plan such a wonderful trip! It truly exceeded all our expectations. In particular, I am so thankful that you encouraged us to visit the Osa and La Paloma Lodge at Drake Bay which was the highlight of our trip. What a magical place! We are longing to go back some day soon. La Paloma Lodge was the perfect fit for our group- Jess and all the staff were absolutely wonderful...
Just when we thought it could not get any better, we met up with Marco… In this post, Karen and Thomas share their Lapa Rios Tropical Adventure experience, probably the most last-minute trip I’ve put together in my 20 years as a travel planner! They contacted me on a Monday and traveled on Wednesday... of the same week!. This trip great has seen many satisfied travelers and, over the years, been continually updated to be one of our most popular trips (especially for couples and families with children over 6 years old).  Let me share what they had to say in their review of the trip... "Hi Grettel: I can hardly put into words what a fabulous trip we had—starting from the moment I spoke with you on the phone everything went like clockwork. I do not have time to completely reply at this point, but I’ll hit the highlights: Lapa Rios was absolutely amazing. The staff was professional and friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Although some...

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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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