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Up for a walk in the clouds?

Up for a walk in the clouds?
Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to visit the Monteverde cloud forest in the north central part my homeland, Costa Rica. Without a doubt one of my favorite activities there is walking on the hanging bridges through the canopy of the tree tops. Sometimes called a "sky trek", the bridges give you the luxury of taking a walk high above the canopy floor to see close-up the incredible diversity of life in the treetops that just isn't visible from the ground. The hanging bridges allow travelers to explore at their own pace the vibrancy of the cloud forest canopy, and be able to take in the amazing panoramic vistas, the wildlife that call those trees home and the hundreds of species of trees that harmonize and unify to create an incredible collage of colors, aromas and views.  There are several in Costa Rica that I can highly recommend, but to...
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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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I wish my biology professors had Onik's wide-ranging knowledge

I wish my biology professors had Onik's wide-ranging knowledge
Doug and Peggy just returned from a trip to Costa Rica in the middle of the dry season and had an incredible time, they especially loved their guide. This active couple traveled with their friends Allan and Terry visiting different areas of the country including the North, Central and South areas of the Osa Peninsula (one of my favorite places in Costa Rica) and shared some memorable pictures of the abundant wildlife they encountered along the way which was one of their main targets on this trip.     "Hi Grettel.  Fabulous trip!!     The communication with you was excellent. You tailored the trip to our goals providing answers to our questions quickly. Everything was well delineated prior to our departure.  The places we enjoyed the most were La Paloma, Lapa Rios, and Arenal Observatory Lodge.  They were all excellent. The accommodations were great and the locations were in the...
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Facts about Zika virus in Central America

Facts about Zika virus in Central America
I’m Costa Rican, and have been living in Costa Rica for 44 years. I travel to Central America and within Costa Rica multiple times each year to visit new hotels, lodges, activities being offered, etc.  I am concerned about health issues as much as any other person. None of my friends or colleagues have had Zika virus. In over 22 years working in the tourism industry and over 10 years working for Wildland Adventures I’ve never met a client with a case of mosquito-borne disease. According to the data currently available, Zika is no worse than the flu and is a potential threat only to pregnant women. Only 1 in 5 people who contract Zika show symptoms, and if they do have symptoms it is usually only a slight fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis and goes away after a week. Unless I or one of my traveling companions was pregnant...
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Eight Diamond in the Rough Destinations for 2016

Eight Diamond in the Rough Destinations for 2016
In celebration of Wildland Adventures 30th (diamond!) anniversary we’ve selected 8 of our hidden, and occasionally overlooked, gems. Some of these are trips that go further, to more remote areas or require a bit more of an adventurous spirit to get to. Others are ones that experienced travelers seek out and relish for their unique opportunity to see a long-established destination in a very different light. Still others are oft-overlooked destinations that really shouldn’t be. Below, we highlight misconceptions that might put some travelers off and what really makes the trip or destination really sparkle and shine. 8) Ethiopia: Land of Legends Ethiopia is steeped in history and a crossroads of Africa and the Middle-East. This is an adventure traveler’s dream trip. The island monasteries of Bahir Dar, stone churches of Lallibella, the African Castles of Gondar, the Simien Mountains, Axum (the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant...
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