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New Adventures in Central America


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.

Costa Rica
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 where there are amazing opportunities to see big mammals. I recently scouted the area myself and during the hike from Sirena to La Leona I was able to see a female puma with her two cubs, a giant tapir and her baby, a family of white-lipped peccaries, a family of coatis, tons of birds including the colorful scarlet macaw and 3 out of 4 species of monkeys.

Most hotels and tour companies include an average of 3 nights in the Drake Bay or the Southern part of the Osa Peninsula as part of the Costa Rica experience they offer, but there is not any specialized trip covering the best of the Osa Peninsula as this trip does. We use award winning ecolodges with only a few rooms and very personalized service: La Paloma Lodge has 11 and Lapa Rios Ecolodge 16. I chose these lodges because both are deeply committed to sustainable environmental practices and they also support the local communities. In addition these ecolodges anticipate their guest's needs and safety to insure an adventure of a lifetime. 

This is an off-the-beaten-path experience highly recommended for adventurous souls and limited to a maximum of 12 travelers. The Osa Peninsula has been hailed by National Geographic as ‘the most biologically intense place on the planet’ and therefore worthwhile to get immersed in these tropical jungles and isolated pristine beaches. The park is also home to more than 375 species of birds (18 are endemic), 124 species of mammals, 40 species of freshwater fish, approximately 8,000 species of insects, and 117 species of reptiles and amphibians. In a total area of less than one million acres, the Osa contains thirteen distinct tropical ecosystems and hosts two and a half percent of all the existing flora and fauna species on earth!

Was just chosen as one of the 3 top destinations to visit in 2013 by the NewYork Times, and there are many more reasons to agree why this is Nicaragua Time! This homey country is considered one of the safest in Latin America and offers an excellent hotel infrastructure, including Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur. Also Jicaro Lodge in Granada, a must for couples on a Nicaragua honeymoon and Aqua Wellness Resort at Round Beach, Tola, great for anyone who likes to pamper themselves surrounded by one of the nicest beaches of the Pacific littoral. On a Wildland adventure you can be sure to have one of the most experienced bilingual guides who is willing to share their love and knowledge about this lovely destination that just like Costa Rica offers something for everyone. Our newest trip is the Nicaragua Adventure Tour and it offers 2 options to choose from at the beach. This trip gives you the opportunity to join lots of fun adventures, visit 2 of the main historical cities of the country, explore 3 of the most famous volcanoes (2 of them active and one dormant) and spend time at an amazing beach on the Pacific. It is a great trip for active travelers who wish to experience everything this country has to offer.

Come to Panama and discover the natural gifts that make this country shine! Our new Panama Eco-Adventure not only gives you the opportunity to be active but also gives you the chance to explore different habitats including rain and cloud forests. As well as a luxurious stay at a Pacific Island where it is easy to observe dolphins and with a little bit of luck Humpback whales from a pristine white sand beach. It is a very unique trip that covers off-the-beaten path hiking trails with amazing scenery and first-rate wildlife viewing, including the famous resplendent quetzal bird, 4 species of monkeys, sloths and anteaters among many other wonders of nature at the historical Las Cruces Trail all the while accompanied by the best naturalist guides of Panama, hands down!

Our redesigned Panama Explorer itinerary is the perfect way to experience the best of this diverse country by boat, train, foot and also by land at a very affordable price. If you want to see the greatest highlights Panama can offer in a 10 day itinerary, this is it! On this adventure we take a jungle boat tour, explore the Panama Canal in depth and witness the expansion it is undergoing. Plus we hike into the rainforest, visit indigenous villages, a Spanish colonial fort and join many other fun and cultural experiences as part of a very small group of no more than 14 travelers.

Yes! We have a lot of new adventures for Central America this year and I am excited as can be. Living in Costa Rica I can't help but encourage people to come and discover this extraordinary part of the world.

Your local Tica,

Grettel Calderon
Got questions about traveling to Central America? Ask me!

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