Scientists Go Sandboarding (and more) in Nicaragua

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Long-time Wildland travelers, Duke and Gabrielle, wanted to escape the winter doldrums for the tropics and asked me to create a custom version of our Nicaragua Highlands and Islands Adventure trip . Duke and Gabrielle are serious and experienced travelers and they both have the inquisitive minds of retired scientists. They appreciate more...
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10 things you probably didn't know about Olive Ridley Turtles

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Turtles are one the oldest and most primitive groups of reptiles and have outlived many other species. One can only wonder if their unique shell is responsible for their longevity, did you know that their shell is made up of 60 different bones all connected together and developed from their ribs?!! Today I wanted to share a few other facts of a ver...
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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...
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Facts about capuchin monkeys, come and see them in the wild!

Facts about capuchin monkeys, come and see them in the wild!
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...
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Everything was planned to perfection.

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 2 weeks 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...
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