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Home to an astonishing abundance of tropical flora and fauna, Costa Rica is a mecca for 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 wildlife, you’ll have the...

Home to an astonishing abundance of tropical flora and fauna, Costa Rica is a mecca for 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 wildlife, you’ll have the opportunity to spot wildlife from monkeys to macaws and sea turtles to toucans. Our fun, friendly and experienced local naturalist guides will help you create meaningful connections with local ticos visiting farms, families and small villages.

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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 heart of incredible biodiversity....
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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 and...
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10 fun facts about sloths.... keep calm, slow down and enjoy!

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First of all, let me put a sloth smile on your face. Watch this fun video of Samantha, the cutest Costa Rican sloth and her friends who want to give us a message. Ok, now that you have a smile on your face and are contemplating Samantha's message let me share some fun facts about one of my favorite creatures on earth, the sloth. You just have to tr...
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Mom, we should go back to Costa Rica every year!

Mom, we should go back to Costa Rica every year!
Young adventures Lucia and Oscar just finished their second trip to Costa Rica this year with their family. This time they came back to visit one of their favorite places: The Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park on the South Pacific of Costa Rica, and this time they took my suggestion to also visit Tortuguero National Park on the extreme opposite side of the country, the North Caribbean. Lucia and Oscar's Mom, Katherine, shares their experience with us: "Dear Grettel, First, thank you so much for the bug book and the towels and water bottles!! I really appreciate how you go all out for your families, the great care you put into creating a wonderful travel experience from start to finish. I absolutely could not recommend Wildland Adventures more highly- I am a walking advertisement to anyone who asks about our trip! It's interesting because some friends of ours traveled to...
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