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Mountain biking tours at Hacienda Guachipelin.

Fulfill your adventure wish list on a Costa Rica adventure vacation

End 2018 on a high note with thrilling adventure tours on an adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley Live life to its fullest and check off some of the big items on your adventure wish list before the end of 2018 with an adventure vacation at Hacienda Guachipelin in...
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Hiking at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica

Finish 2018 and Start 2019 Right on a Costa Rica Multisport Vacation

You’ve done your best to be good all year. Celebrating your success in 2018, and kick off the New Year with a multisport vacation in Costa Rica. Article by Shannon Farley You’ve done your best to be good all year. Diligently counted your steps. Watched your calories. Kept up your fitness plan. Even tried to...
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Horseback riding on Santa Teresa Beach Costa Rica

Fun things to do in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Article by Shannon Farley Santa Teresa may be known for its beaches and surfing, but there are plenty of other things to do that will fill your vacation with fun. On your next visit to this renowned Costa Rica beach destination, check out these tours and activities in Santa Teresa. Horseback riding See the other...
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Santa Teresa Beach

5 Reasons to Love Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Beautiful and remote, yet cosmopolitan and refined, the tropical beach town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is unforgettable. Article by Shannon Farley Santa Teresa is one of those places you never forget. Maybe it’s the stunning natural beauty. Or, perhaps, it’s the feeling of being at the end of the road and off the map....
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15 Fun Facts about Sloths in the Rainforest

Celebrate sloths in the rainforest on October 20, International Sloth Day! See sloths in Costa Rica at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on the gulf of Golfo Dulce. Article by Shannon Farley Tropical rainforest sloths in Costa Rica have become famous, thanks to publicity by Animal Planet and the Costa Rica Tourism Board. They are one...
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Costa Rica zip line tours at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin in Guanacaste

Add adventure to your life on Costa Rica zip line tours!

Costa Rica zip line tours are the all-time favorite adventure vacation in Costa Rica. Try it out at Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Article by Shannon Farley Standing on the wooden platform on the edge of the wide canyon, I can’t even see where the thick, steel cable ends. It...
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Rainy season beach vacations are the best

Article by Shannon Farley A rainy day at the beach is always better than a sunny day at the office. Why? Because you’re at the beach! Which means you’re on vacation and NOT working. Rainy season can be the best time of the year to take a beach vacation. It’s especially good if that beach...
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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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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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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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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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beachfront Yoga in Santa Teresa Cosa Rica

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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