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Georgia Atkin
Humpback Whale leaping out of the water, Photo Credit Wikipedia.

Green Season in Costa Rica, come visit and observe migratory wildlife

Some animal species travel long distances in search of food, some migrate to breed or to nest.  Costa Rica’s location means that whales will come to warmer waters to give birth, turtles will lay their eggs and some birds will look for food sources not available in colder climates.  Some of these migrations coincide with...
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El Establo Mountain Hotel aerial view. Monteverde, Costa Rica.

El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, from breathtaking views to beds that wrap you up at night

There are many factors that make a hotel stay an exceptional one.  One of them, as they say in real estate is location, location, location. For El Establo Mountain Hotel in Monteverde, Costa Rica, the sheer expansiveness of their grounds (52 hectares, equivalent to 128 acres) is one of their greatest features.  You can stay...
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Luciano Riotti, Executive chef at Luc’s Seafood Grill & Chapa, Restaurant at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat, Photo credit lucianoriotti

A talk with Luciano Riotti: Executive chef at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat as well as adventurer and TV personality!

“Luc’s Seafood Grill & Chapa” is Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat’s new restaurant in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.  Their executive chef Luciano tells us a bit about his inspiration for the menus, his background, and the benefits of working at such a magnificent location.   Where does the concept for “Luc’s Seafood Grill & Chapa”...
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Costa Rican people and visitors enjoying the Paseo Gastronomico La Luz, photo credit quepoaa.

Experience Costa Rica like a local with vivacious culture, city life & gastronomy to enjoy!

From local crafts to classical concerts, urban art to creative gastronomy, Costa Rica has much more to offer than ecotourism.  The last few years have seen a boost in the cultural activities available for locals and visitors, mainly in downtown San José.  This was sparked by a couple of initiatives, the first from the Costa...
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Culinary options in Monteverde

Culinary options in Monteverde What food are you craving? Would you like to be adventuresome and try Fusion Cuisine, or you’d like some comfort food like pasta or pizza?  The Monteverde-Santa Elena area has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare, you can try a...
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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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Owl at Hacienda Guachipelin

Birdwatching in Costa Rica – an Introduction

Birdwatching in Costa Rica – an Introduction Birdwatching has become one of the most important tourist activities worldwide, with approximately nine million people registered as members of international organizations specialized in this niche, and many millions more enjoying this activity on a regular basis.  Costa Rica is a favorite place for birdwatchers due to its...
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Montezuma waterfall view from forest

Day trip adventure to visit Montezuma waterfalls

Day trip adventure to visit Montezuma waterfalls during your stay at Pranamar Villas Montezuma town, a short drive from Pranamar Villas, offers visitors the opportunity to hike up a river ending in beautiful waterfalls and to bathe in fresh water while enjoying the surrounding forest.  Another option is El Chorro, an impressive jet of water...
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Daniel Chavarría, presidente de Pro Imagen y Promotor Turístico del año

Daniel Chavarría, presidente de Pro Imagen y Promotor Turístico del año Daniel Chavarría, personaje reconocido y admirado en la industria turística costarricense, ha sido reelecto como presidente de la junta directiva de Pro Imagen, pocos días después de ser galardonado con el reconocimiento a Promotor Turístico del año por ACOPROT, durante el acto inaugural de...
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Spa at Pranamar Villas – Gaia Bodywork and Wellness

What does the term wellness really mean? Dictionary defines it as “the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal”, but if you ask around, it will mean something different to everyone. Sebastian Campanile‘s studies have taken him to Argentina, Colombia and most recently Peru, where he studied Cranio...
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Culinary options in Monteverde

Culinary options in Monteverde What food are you craving? Would you like to be adventuresome and try Fusion Cuisine, or you’d like some comfort food like pasta or pizza?  The Monteverde-Santa Elena area has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare, you can try a...
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Pura Vida Adventures surf retreats in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Summer Escape! Women-only surf and yoga vacations in Costa Rica

What do you do when you get laid off from your job? Polish your resume? Start job hunting? Most people wouldn’t take off on an eight-month surfing vacation to Central America, Hawaii and Mexico. But that’s exactly what Tierza Eichner did in 2001 when laid off from her high-powered dot-com job. At the time, the...
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Where to eat in Playas del Coco?

Where to eat in Playas del Coco? What food are you craving? Would you like to be adventuresome and try Fusion Cuisine, or you’d like some comfort food like pasta or pizza? Playas del Coco in Guanacaste has a surprising variety of restaurants for visitors to enjoy.  If you’d like some reasonably priced local fare,...
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Jungle survival

Could you survive in the jungle if you were lost?

One moment you’re walking along a rainforest trail enjoying the incredible sounds and sights, when suddenly you spot monkeys hopping from tree to tree. You definitely want to get pictures of that, so you go off the trail following the monkeys. Before long, you’ve been so busy looking up and chasing the monkeys that now...
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Yoga Retreats at Pranamar Villas

Picture waking up to the sound of the ocean’s waves breaking on the shore.  You open your eyes to a villa decorated with colorful fabrics and Indonesian furniture, you look out your window to lush gardens, pools and bamboo structures.  You have chosen well, a retreat not just to practice yoga, but also to disconnect...
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A conversation with Ruth Campbell

Who had the vision that Monteverde could become a mecca for tourists, biologists and conservationists? It took a convergence of fortuitous events for this place to become what it is today, and Ruth Campbell, member of the family who owns El Establo Mountain Hotel, was a part of it from the time she was only a...
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Playa Nicuesa in Costa Rica

Who was Spanish explorer Diego de Nicuesa?

Playa Nicuesa is an unusual name for a beach. The picturesque little cove in the Pacific gulf of Golfo Dulce in southern Costa Rica takes its name auspiciously from the Spanish conquistador and explorer, Diego de Nicuesa (1464 – 1511). His name further lives on in Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, a beautiful ecotourism and nature...
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Tips for travelling to Costa Rica

Have you ever been to a Spanish speaking country? How about learning a few key phrases before you arrive? Costa Ricans are very friendly and helpful and will try to assist in any way they can, but knowing some of the native language will go a long way towards empathy and communication. Where to eat...
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What to do in Santa Teresa?

Santa Teresa is a beach on the Nicoya Peninsula best know for its beaches and surfing, but what else is there to do there? Activities in the area range from the adventurous to the relaxed.  Renting an ATV  or going on a horseback tour are both good options to explore the beaches, rivers and mountains...
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Quakers and Conservation: Find out how the town of Monteverde was born

This ecotourism jewel in the crown of Costa Rica’s ecotourism portfolio came about due to an interesting convergence of events.  A group of Quakers and pacifists from Alabama who objected to the US’s war efforts came to Costa Rica in the 1940’s mainly inspired by the country’s recent abolition of the army. They searched for an ideal location for their community...
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Yoga instructor Nancy Goodfellow at Pranamar Villas on Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica

A talk with Nancy Goodfellow: Yoga teacher, hotelier and lover of life

Nancy co-owns Pranamar Villas, along with her mother, who was the first of the two to discover the natural beauty of Costa Rica.  Native to San Diego, California, Nancy moved to Costa Rica over 20 years ago in search of a simpler life in connection with nature. With the objective of catering to needs of...
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