Grettel Calderon is a native “Tica” from Costa Rica who began her career as an executive secretary then translated her penchant for details and organization to become one of the most knowledgeable and proficient Costa Rica adventure travel planners. She now has over 16 years experience as our Central America Program Director designing C...osta Rica eco tours and to Panama, Nicaragua and Belize from Wildland Adventures’ field office as our in-country expert. Always exploring her native country, Grettel has also traveled throughout Central, South and North America, as well as in Europe, Asia and Africa. After living 3 years in the United States Grettel gained valuable insight into planning Costa Rica travel vacations for active and inquisitive Americans. She is an introspective and a conscientious listener who understands each traveler’s personal interests and style, especially Costa Rica family vacations. More

10 Reasons Why You Should Never Feed Monkeys (or other wildlife)

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One of the highlights on any  trip to Central America is seeing monkeys and other wildlife in a natural environment. In Costa Rica, you can see white faced capuchin monkeys, howler monkeys, spider monkeys and much more. You might think that feeding the monkeys (and other wildlife) cou...
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Kayaking, Mountaineering and more in Antarctica

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In November of next year, I'll be heading for Antarctica on our Basecamp Antarctica Voyage . I'm excited about the flexibility this trip offers with all of its activities for different interests and abilities (as well as these reasons.)  The vessel will stay for two or three days at different locations as a comfortable "base" to...
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Costa Rica Trip Review | "You converted us to the wild style!"

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Derek & Lara Bickel were looking for an active vacation to maximize time with their kids and I designed a custom vacation to Costa Rica  for them that included a dventure for kids & adults, some relaxation time, and exploring new cultures & geography. Here's what they had to say about their trip. I'm not sure the rev...
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How to have the best birding experience in Central America

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Home to an astonishing abundance of tropical flora and fauna, Central America is a mecca for birders, ecologically minded families, romantics, and active travelers. You'll be amazed traveling through this tropical wonderland of active volcanoes, hidden beaches and waterfalls, rainforests and cloud forests. Full of rare and exotic birds, you ca...
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Panama Ranks #1 For Birding In Central America!

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As the director of our trips to Central America , I was excited to see Panama take the lead in the 4th Global Big Day this past month. The event is a 24-hour global birding binge to see how many birds species can be spotted. Panama recorded 750 species, coming in 6th place worldwide, ranking 1st place in Central America (Costa R...
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