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Why is Costa Rica is the Happiest Country in the World?

costa-rica-happiest-country-in-the-world Costa Rica's motto: Pura Vida!
Hola, my name is Grettel and I am Wildland Adventures Costa Rica Program Director. Costa Rica is a great place to visit and to live year round. I love this tiny country and feel truly blessed for being born a Tica. Costa Rica is a perfect hideaway for EVERYONE! From family travel with young children and teenagers to couples looking for a romantic getaway , to young adults looking for active adventures and even seniors in search of a more relaxed vacation. Nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts will  truly enjoy everything from a single cutter ant carrying a leaf to facing a puma in the jungle. Costa Rica is also a paradise for those looking to get a little "pampered" on their vacation and to recharge their body and mind. What better place to do yoga, meditation or visit a world class spas? There truly is something for everyone here! I could write...
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Costa Rica: How to see Whales and Dolphins

humpback_Whale Dolphins and whales are always a highlight of Costa Rica
Costa Rica enjoys one of the most biologically diverse ocean ecosystems in the world. This is mainly because the heart of this vast habitat is known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome (named for its proximity to this country) lies here. Shallow warm waters lie on top of low-oxygen cold water, creating the perfect ecosystem for a vast variety of marine life. Whales (orcas, pilot, humpbacks, beaked, brydes), dolphins, tuna, marlin, manta rays, sea turtles, sailfish and more, congregate in this area taking advantage of the rich waters year-round. The humpback whales visit us from two separate hemispheres, giving us the longest humpback season in the world. The great whales come to our warm protected waters from December to April from Alaska and again between August and the end of November from Antarctica .   It’s easy to spot humpback whales since they live at the ocean’s surface, both in...
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5 Things You Can't Leave Home Without

5 Things You Can't Leave Home Without
Here at Wildland we don't just love travel: we live, eat, breathe, talk, walk and dream adventure travel ! Knowing that, our Wild staff wanted to share 5 things they can't leave home without. Wildland's Top 5 Things You Can't Leave Home Without 1. Journal- Record all of your favorite memories, it makes it a lot easier to share them when you get home. 2. Headlamp- One of the ultimate multipurpose tools and also great in case of an emergency. 3. Bandanna, p ashmina, scarf  or hat- Keeps you warm, keeps you cool and has plenty of other uses. 4. Phrase Book - Not only is it polite to learn some simple phrases in the native language of the country you're visiting, but is also a great way to start a conversation. Maybe you'll even make a new lifelong friend. 5.  Postcards and pictures of family from home - It's a...
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5 Things You Can’t Leave Home Without for an African Safari

5 Things You Can’t Leave Home Without for an African Safari
  Having grown up in a travelling family, travel is an inherent part of my life and lifestyle. It is what I save up for and spend all my waking hours thinking about – by the time I was 18 I had been to more than 40+ countries. Over the last 12 years I have been to more 14 countries in Africa alone and have even toured, studied and worked in a variety of capacities in East and Southern Africa. My first safari was in South Africa with my family and I was hooked instantly. I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to study, train and work as a guide and over the years have assisted hundreds of travelers in planning, preparing for and going on trips all over the region and really love sharing my passion and favorite experiences with a variety of travelers over the years. I get...
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5 Things a Mom Can't Leave Home Without

5 Things a Mom Can't Leave Home Without
  As a traveling mom with two little adventurers, I always need to be prepared for almost anything and everything we encounter during  family travel . It is most definitely more work traveling with the family, but there's no greater pleasure than sharing somewhere amazing with the people I love most.   So mamas, here's 5 things you should think about bringing when traveling with the family. Essentials for traveling moms 1. A new bedtime story for the kids - We've read quite a few in the Magic Treehouse series and with nearly 50 books in the collection I can usually find something that’s topical for the trip. I also read some topical non-fiction with the kids before we go. 2. Wipes-  For the plane, for the car, for whatever my son has smeared on his face. 3. A cheap digital camera - So the kids can take their own pictures. We make...
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