July 2016
El Establo Canopy Tour

Make the best of your Monteverde Cloud Forest experience

How is a cloud forest different from a rain forest?  Don’t let lack of preparation cut your experience short. Most important of all, take time to sharpen your senses and take it all in during your stay at El Establo Mountain Resort.  There are two cloud forest reserves in the Monteverde area. The Monteverde Cloud...
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The Spa at El Establo Mountain Hotel

The Green Leaf Spa located at El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde offers treatments ranging from facials fit for a queen, wraps using clay or algae, relaxing or deep tissue massages, all in a setting designed to calm and soothe the senses. The cloud forests of Monteverde offer close up contact with nature and options...
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Re-discover your bliss, searching for wellness, in Costa Rica

Wikipedia defines wellness as “used to mean a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.”  Many destinations promote wellness, wellbeing, happiness… Does it mean to exercise daily, to be fit? Does it mean to meditate, do yoga? Does it mean to nourish your body with a well-balanced...
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Famous Banyan Tree, photo credit Nancy Goodfellow, Pranamar Villas

Visit the famous Banyan Tree during your stay at Pranamar Villas

There is a very impressive giant Banyan tree, also known as Higueron, that lives in the town of Cabuya, Puntarenas, on the Pacific Coast.  If you’d like an impressive and beautiful photograph, stop there on your way to local beaches.  But is there more to this tree than a pretty social media post?   The...
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Go mountain biking in Costa Rica at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

The newest extreme mountain biking race, and thrilling one-of-a-kind Costa Rica mountain biking tours, all happen in August 2016 at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Looking for an exciting mountain biking vacation this summer? One of the spots on the planet you cannot afford to miss...
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Boruca painting for Costa Rica National Festival of Arts 2016

Costa Rica National Festival of the Arts goes to southern region

The beautiful southern region of Costa Rica will host the annual Costa Rica National Festival of the Arts 2016 in August. Find out here festival details and where to stay. The southern region of Costa Rica will host one of the largest festivals of the arts and music in the country over 10 days in...
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Surfing in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Costa Rica surfing breaking big onto world surf scene

Young, talented Costa Rica surfers like Anthony Fillingim of Santa Teresa are leading Costa Rica surfing to the top of the world surf scene. Costa Rica will host this year’s ISA 2016 World Surfing Games from August 6 to 14. With excellent surf on two ocean coastlines, Costa Rica is emerging as a powerhouse on...
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Beach in Bocas del Toro, Panama

How to get to Bocas del Toro islands in Panama

Ready to treat yourself to a Caribbean island vacation? The place to go without the crowds is the Bocas del Toro archipelago of Panama in the southern Caribbean. Called the “Living Islands”, Bocas del Toro has over 95% of the coral species found in the Caribbean Sea. This is thanks to the fact that Bocas del...
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