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Shannon Farley
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Fresh from the farm – Hacienda Guachipelin produces zero-kilometer cuisine

Costa Rica’s hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, produces farm-to-table cuisine with fresh products from its ranch. Article by Shannon Farley Farm to table cuisine couldn’t be fresher at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, where most food products are picked, milked or produced daily on Hacienda Guachipelin’s farm – giving it the status...
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Dining at Nicuesa Lodge Fosters Friendships and Fun Times

Dining at Nicuesa Lodge is a fun experience combining delicious cuisine with the opportunity for guests to relax together, share their experiences and make new friends. Article by Shannon Farley One of the things guests love most is dining at Nicuesa Lodge. Guests dine together for all meals in the open-air main lodge building, masterfully...
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Oxcarts in Costa Rica

How Oxcarts in Costa Rica Got Their Colors

Oxcarts in Costa Rica were simple, functional, plain wood until Joaquin Chaverri transformed his cart into a raucous explosion of colors to liven up his family’s Sunday outings. Find out more on the story behind the tradition of oxcarts in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley There is perhaps nothing as emblematic of Costa Rican...
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It’s Time to Log Off on a Digital Detox Vacation in Costa Rica

It’s time to disconnect to reconnect and reclaim your life on a digital detox vacation in Costa Rica at Nicuesa Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley By the very definition that this is a blog means that you are reading this article online. You’re probably using a smartphone – or, at the very least, your phone...
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See Santa Teresa’s other side on the best Costa Rica horseback riding tour

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica might be known for its epic surfing waves and jungle-fringed beaches, but there’s a lesser known side to the cosmopolitan tropical paradise. Rolling green hills, shady tree-lined dirt roads, clear running streams, and verdant pastures populated by long-eared Brahman cows – all can be explored on a thrilling horseback riding tour...
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Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica

Discovered 1917 Travelogue Exposes Life in the Wild Tropics of Costa Rica

A 1917 natural history book reveals a forgotten travelogue about the Hacienda Guachipelin ranch and life in the wild tropics of Costa Rica at the beginning of the 20th century. Article by Shannon Farley Discovering old historic documents about a place is like finding hidden treasure in a forgotten attic or cellar. That’s how it...
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Humpback Whales, photo courtesy of Teletica

Humpback Whales in Costa Rica Return to Golfo Dulce

Hundreds of humpback whales in Costa Rica return to the gulf of Golfo Dulce from July through September. See them when you stay at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley To the delight of tourists and locals, hundreds of humpback whales in Costa Rica are now returning to the remote and pristine southern...
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Yoga instructor Nancy Goodfellow at Pranamar Villas in Costa Rica

Discover the Benefits of a Yoga Lifestyle

Learn how to adopt a yoga lifestyle for more balance and clarity in everything you do while on a yoga retreat at Pranamar Villas in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley What is a yoga lifestyle? Those who are familiar with yoga’s 5,000-year-old history as an ancient Indian philosophy know that yoga is a complete...
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Veragua Foundation and Tropical Science Center forge new alliance for conservation in Costa Rica

Conservation and sustainable tourism are at the forefront of a new alliance between the Tropical Science Center and the Veragua Foundation in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley  The Tropical Science Center (TSC) and the Veragua Foundation for Education and Rainforest Research have joined in an important and strategic alliance for research, tourism and sustainability...
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Start your day in Santa Teresa right with breakfast at Pranamar Villas

Article by Shannon Farley Starting your day with a great breakfast is important, especially to fuel up for a full day of yoga, surfing, or hanging out on the beach in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Pranamar Oceanfront Villas is unveiling a new menu at their Santa Teresa beachfront restaurant, Buddha Eyes. It includes imaginative and...
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Costa Rica Chef Randy Siles

Costa Rican Chef Randy Siles Big in International News

Costa Rican Chef Randy Siles shines in international news in recent months, including joining the most prestigious gastronomy club in France. Read on for more news. Article by Shannon Farley Costa Rican Chef Randy Siles is skyrocketing this year as the most celebrated chef in Central America. He was invited to join the most prestigious...
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Discover Dazzling Costa Rica Insects at Nicuesa Lodge

Discover how fascinating and spectacular butterflies and bugs can be! Amazing Costa Rica insects are being studied by scientists at Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge. Article by Shannon Farley Usually we just complain about bugs — how they annoy us, bite us, sting us, and crawl on us. And a lot of them are creepy-looking. The thing...
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Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica Expands

Rincon de la Vieja National Park now protects nearly 5,000 acres more dry tropical forest and wildlife habitats in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley The Rincon de la Vieja National Park in Costa Rica has expanded nearly 5,000 acres to protect more dry tropical forest, wildlife habitats and natural resources of the Guanacaste...
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About the Guides at Nicuesa Lodge, and why you’ll love them

Meet the guides at Nicuesa Lodge and find out why you want them with you to make your adventures in the Costa Rica rainforest and on the gulf of Golfo Dulce an extraordinary experience. Article by Shannon Farley Exuding passion for what they do, genuine friendliness, and with an incredible knowledge of nature, the guides...
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Best summer vacation idea: beachfront yoga in Santa Teresa

Come for a yoga retreat or complete your relaxing vacation with beachfront yoga in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica at Hotel Tropico Latino. Article by Shannon Farley Whether you’re an experienced yogi looking for your next yoga retreat, or just want to relax on summer vacation, beachfront yoga in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is a great...
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Yoga Shala at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa Costa Rica

Peace and yoga at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa

It’s easy to feel at peace doing yoga at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica when the Yoga Shala looks like a majestic Balinese temple. Article by Shannon Farley The sense of peace is palpable here. So is the feeling of being awestruck. It’s like walking into a majestic Balinese temple. Most visitors are...
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Why the dry tropical forest in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is so amazing

Think Costa Rica only has rainforest? Think again. Discover why the Guanacaste dry tropical forest is so amazing, and rare. Article by Shannon Farley Most people think of Costa Rica as being covered with thick, lush rainforest. You’ll probably be amazed then to find out that Costa Rica also has one of the largest areas...
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Pranamar Villas Santa Teresa Costa Rica, photo by lisahomsy

Go on vacation to boost your mental and physical health

Taking a vacation is probably more important for your mental health than anything. Costa Rica is the perfect place for a healthy vacation! Article by Shannon Farley Almost daily we are bombarded with messages in the media telling us about the importance of exercise and a healthy diet to improve or keep up our physical...
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Cowboys of Guanacaste Costa Rica at Hacienda Guachipelin

Costa Rica Cowboy Saturdays at Hacienda Guachipelin

See authentic Costa Rica cowboy traditions at the weekly Saturday Cowboy Show at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste. Article by Shannon Farley Incredible horse riding skills, exciting bull riding, Costa Rican folkloric music, and a traditional Costa Rican oxcart – see them all on Cowboy Saturdays at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste. Every Saturday from...
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Natural spa products so fresh you can eat them!

You’ll feel great on the outside and inside with natural spa products made from fresh ingredients at Hotel Tropico Latino’s Yoga & Spa Natural. Article by Shannon Farley There’s a lot of talk about natural ingredients in skincare products. People these days want organic products free of man-made chemicals. You can’t get more natural than...
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Pure Places on Earth: Corcovado, Piedras Blancas and the Osa Peninsula

Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park is named one of the most spectacular in the world. Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is your gateway to visiting Corcovado National Park, Piedras Blancas National Park and the Osa Peninsula. Article by Shannon Farley Long renowned by National Geographic as “the most biologically intense area in the world when it comes...
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Simbiosis Spa at Hacienda Guachipelin

Newly Revamped Simbiosis Spa Reopens at Rincon de la Vieja

Relax and rejuvenate at the newly revamped Simbiosis Spa now open at Hacienda Guachipelin at Rincon de la Vieja in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley Scenically set amid the Guanacaste dry tropical forest along the banks of the bubbling Colorado River, the Simbiosis Spa in Costa Rica is the perfect relaxing space to feel...
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Costa Rican kids get needed school supplies from Veragua Rainforest

Veragua Rainforest and EcoTeach Travel make a difference for rural elementary schoolchildren in Costa Rica by gifting needed school supplies to start the new school year. Article by Shannon Farley  For the second consecutive year, the Veragua Foundation for Education & Rainforest Research in Costa Rica along with EcoTeach Foundation and EcoTeach Travel in the...
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Pranamar Villas healthy snacks

Best healthy snacks for an active lifestyle

Pranamar Villas prides itself on their healthy snacks like fresh juices and smoothies. Check out their fresh, healthy menu on a visit to Santa Teresa! Article by Shannon Farley It’s pretty easy to get motivated to be healthy in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Especially at the yoga hotel Pranamar Oceanfront Villas. Warm sunshine, endless ocean,...
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