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...
One of the most gracious animals you'll find in the jungles of Central America and probably the one most travelers love to see in the wild are the capuchin monkeys. The capuchin monkeys are New World monkeys of the subfamily Cebinae and here are a few facts about them:
What do they eat? These mammals are omnivores. They normally feed on buds, seeds, fruits, nuts but also consume bird’s eggs, spiders, small invertebrates and other insects. They also love to wander by the water where they can find crabs and shellfish. They are very intelligent creatures who use tools such as stones to crack open nuts, shellfish and crabs, watch them in action in the video below!
How long do they live? They live up to 45 years in captivity while in the wild their lifespan is about 15 to 20 years. The males reach maturity after 4 years while the females become...
Ever since Balboa crossed the Central American isthmus to declare the Pacific Coast for Spain, and then gold was subsequently transported overland from the New World to the Old , Panama remains a cross-roads in the world including expansion of the Panama Canal and new developments of interest for travel and ecotourism.
Panama tour guide, Ivan Hoyos, one of our expert Panama guides, used to work in our Seattle office until he decided to return to his native country and spend more time leading Panama ecotours.
The subway construction in Panama is rapidly progressing, Frank Gehry´s Biodiversity Museum is scheduled for opening to the public by February 1, 2014, the street restoration works in the beautiful restored old city of Casco Viejo are soon coming to an end and there many new hotels to be opened within the next 3-6 months:
• American Trade Hotel (50 rooms) located in the...
As Wildland Adventures Central America program director I'm excited to share what's new in our lineup for Central America this year. Take a look at where and why we added a few amazing trips for 2013.
The Osa Peninsula Wildland Adventure is a pretty new and unique Costa Rica Vacation that focuses on the southern Pacific coast. We cover the Northern area of the Park (Drake Bay and San Pedrillo Station), the Central area (Sirena Station which is the heart of the National Park) and the Southern part of the National Park (Salsipuedes, La Leona, Carate) and of course time to explore the Lapa Rios private rainforest reserve.
I personally don’t know of any company that offers a trip involving 3 of the main stations of the Corcovado National Park from an upscale point of view but also with an option to stay a night or two longer at the Sirena station...