Carol Dimopoulos, the president of Learning Journeys Powered by Perillo, calls Sky Adventures “the Rolls Royce of Ziplining.” I can’t argue with that. I’m no expert, but I’ve ziplined a few times and I can say that it would be hard to beat the view when you’re zipping across a deep forest valley with the great Arenal Volcano looming above you and the giant Lake Arenal below, a 32-square mile manmade lake created after Arenal’s 1968 eruption.
It was about a two-hour drive from where the Perillo fam group was staying at the Villa Blanca Resort in the San Ramon vicinity to the zipline concession. During that drive Arenal first appeared on the distant horizon, then loomed larger and larger as we approached. It’s so symmetrically shaped it looks like a pyramid, but much more massive than any manmade thing.
A little plume of steam came out of the crater on top, and clouds tended to gather at its peak, sometimes hiding the top, sometimes not. For the rainy season we had an exceptionally clear day, according to our guides. As we approached, we could see its whole magnificent profile.
As we got to Arenal we drove around it, so we were able to look at the changing view as we drove from one side to the other. As we got close we reached the town of La Fortuna, which is within a few miles of the volcano, and when you’re there it feels very close because of the size of Arenal. As you reach La Fortuna, everything is about Arenal, the signs on the hotels and resorts and stores practically all reference Arenal or the volcanic thermal springs in the area.
Arenal was thought to be an extinct volcano as its stood quietly for 400 years from 1500. Then in July 1968, it blew and kept bllowing for several days, covering six square miles with volcanic rock, lava and ash, killing 87 people, burying three villages and finally affecting 90 square miles around the volcano. It threw rocks weighing tons almost a mile at a speed of 600 miles an hour. Talk about awesome.
Not far beyond Arenal we reached Sky Adventures and prepared to experience our ziplining adventure.
The crew at Sky Adventures greets you with a gung ho attitude and gives you a quick preparation. After they harness and helmet you and give you your own pulley, you get in an open train car that holds six people and takes you up to the top of a series of platforms connected by steel coil cables. From there you travel back down via eight different ziplines.
The first is a training segment, very short, to give you a chance to master the techniques in an easy situation. The second is also short and easy. Then the long runs begin, back and forth across a deep, forested valley. As you zip back and forth, hooked to your pulley that rolls along the cables from platform to platform.
Ziplining has become such a rage that now it seems you can do it almost anywhere. It’s in cities now. But it actually originated as a practical form of transportation in remote places. Ziplining is traveling by a cable on a pulley, and has existed in variations, either with a car or not, in places such as Australia and China.
But its popularity as a thrill sport seems to have originated in Costa Rica. The practice was developed by biologists studying the rainforest. They developed platforms in various stations of the forest canopy and mounted cables between them.
Zipliners are firmly and doubly attached to the pulley, so there’s no danger of falling off, though the sensation is one of falling. You wear helmets, which protect the head from touching the cable as you slide rapidly down, and gloves to protect the hands. The dangers are minimal. The thrill is maximal.
About the worst thing that is likely to happen is that you’ll spin to the side so you are traveling sideways. And if you try to correct yourself by pushing the pulley to straighten yourself out, the friction of the pulley on the cable will slow you and you may not make it to the platform.
If that happens you have to turn around and pull yourself hand over hand to the platform. I know because it happened to me. It was a lot of work pulling myself across the last 50 feet or so till they could throw me a rope and pull me up. But no harm done.
I was with a group of adventurous travel agents who had joined Perillo’s Costa Rica fam trip. They all supported each other and cheered each other’s successes. They cheered especially loudly for the ones who had been a little nervous about trying ziplining. They ranged in age from 30s to 60s and 70s. Everyone mastered it and appeared to have a good time. One of the ladies in her 70s told me, “If I can do it, anyone can.”
The more hesitant about doing it they were, the more exhilarated they were when they had succeeded in doing it. It was a very empowered and euphoric group when we left Sky Adventures.
But in the rainforest, storms come and go practically every afternoon and the rain pours down in sheets. Clouds were gathering as we worked our way through the eight platforms and by the time we got to the last one, a “baby” run of only a few feet, the rain was pouring down. A few more minutes and we’d have been soaked. As it was, we got a little wet.
As we were walking from the concession to the parking lot, lightning crashed so loudly and the sound was so close in time to the light that it felt like it had to have been only a few feet away. That will wake you up.
After ziplining we went to Eco Termales Hot Springs, where we were able to lounge a while in the natural hot springs of Arenal. By then the storm had passed and the rain had lifted. Arenal, shrouded in clouds, loomed powerfully over the parking lot. We were a happy and satisfied group as we headed back to our resort.
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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Small Hotels in the World by the reader’s poll of the venerable Condé Nast Traveler.
This hotel is truly a paradise, where guests enjoy impeccable service, world-class facilities and exciting and informative tours. The opportunities to see cascading waterfalls, explore the steaming volcanoes immerse yourself in Costa Rican culture, and of course, learn about the production of organic coffee, ensure each visitor leaves not only with sun-kissed skin, but a deeper understanding of Costa Rica, the wonderful country that Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort calls home.
The boutique coffee plantation/eco-resort offers travelers an authentic experience, without making a single sacrifice in quality. With only 14 rooms, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort still delivers the amenities of a larger hotel, catering to business clientele with a private business centre and conference room, in addition to having a library, spa, chemical-free infinity pool, Jacuzzi, restaurant, bar, and lounge.
Beyond the aforementioned amenities, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort truly distinguishes itself with its organic greenhouse, 300 on-site fruit trees, recycling centre, vermiculture (worm beds) centre, chicken coop, and of course, its on-site coffee plantation!
The 30 acre coffee plantation attracts travellers from all over the world, and though they may come to taste the aromatic and delicious coffee, they leave understanding the positive social and environmental impact of this venture. Having planted more than 5,000 native trees on their certified organic plantation, to provide shade for the plants and beans, they have simultaneously created habitats for many creatures. Operating without use of any agrochemicals, pesticides, or anything damaging to the environment, their operations are authentic, clean and eco-friendly.
Condé Nast Traveler is recognized worldwide as a creative, trusted and credible voice in the tourism industry, guiding many in their destination and hotel choices. One might be impressed and excited that Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort was featured by this publication, but definitely not surprised.
About Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort is located just 20 minutes from the San José International Airport, set in the highlands of the beautiful Central Valley. At 4,000 feet above sea level, the lodge’s property offers acres of tropical gardens and paths and a thriving, 30-acre hard bean organic shade grown coffee plantation. From the beginning, the Jampol family envisioned the creation of an exclusive boutique inn, which would become one of the world’s leading hotels, combining luxurious accommodations and amenities, cultural authenticity, environmental respect and sustainable tourism. Today, they have fulfilled this dream and the resort is recognized as one of the globe’s top destinations, demonstrating that it is possible and necessary to combine luxury with sustainability.
Travelers looking to explore Latin America, now have a chance to take advantage of an irresistible deal, with Hilton Worldwide’s limited-time, three-day flash sale and unprecedented rates starting at US$99 per night.
What’s more, guests can register to earn up to triple HHonors points.
Bookable Sept. 8-10, 2014, for stays through Dec. 20, 2014, the irresistible deal is available at more than 20 participating Hilton Worldwide hotels and resorts in Latin America including the brand new Hilton Panama and award-winning Hilton São Paulo Morumbi.
The brand new Hilton Panama just opened its doors in August, with a privileged location in the heart of Panama City that offers panoramic ocean views. Travelers can discover Casco Viejo – the historic city, and many of the area’s finest restaurants, cafés and hotspots within walking distance. With luxurious accommodation, six dining outlets, outdoor swimming pool, fitness center and the first eforea: Spa at Hilton in Latin America, Hilton Panama welcomes guests to an array of amenities sure to make their stay unforgettable.
Welcoming travelers to São Paulo’s Morumbi district, the 28-floor Hilton São Paulo Morumbi (pictured) features direct access to a shopping mall and welcomes guests to a variety of activities. Designed with a contemporary flair, this São Paulo hotel boasts stunning city views, a rooftop indoor swimming pool, a spa, a 24-hour health club and artistically-inspired dining experiences at Canvas – the hotel’s exciting concept restaurant and bar designed to replicate a working art studio.
Travelers can also embrace the spirit of making up and discover the rich cultural history, sensational culinary creations and amazing natural resources of Latin America with rates starting at $99 per night at participating hotels and resorts in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru.
For reservations or further information, visit www.HiltonsLAC.com/FlashSale
* All-inclusive hotels offer starting rates of $99 per person per night based on double occupancy. Flash Sale rates are starting rates, subject to availability, and do not include taxes, service charges, incidentals or gratuities. Valid for reservations made on Sept. 8, 9 or 10, 2014, for travel through Dec. 20, 2014. Certain restrictions apply. Triple HHonors points on Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, and double HHonors points on Monday – Thursday nights. Visit www.hhonors.com to register.
Oh my God, did you forget the anniversary?
This past Friday, Aug. 15, was the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal. You can be forgiven for not knowing the date. It has not been a high profile news story and it has a lot of competition in terms of world events. But though the significance may be lost on most people today, the creation of the Panama Canal was a monumental engineering feat and one that changed the course of history.
Collette, the Pawtucket, R.I.-based tour operator, is celebrating the anniversary by offering 20 departures of its Discover Panama: The Land Between the Seas program.
Before construction of the canal, the trip from New York to San Francisco required traveling around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America, through the Drake Passage or the Strait of Magellan. That meant traveling within 600 miles of Antarctica to get from New York to San Francisco. And many people did it.
The idea had been first proposed in 1534 when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain, ordered a survey for a route through the Americas that would ease the voyage for ships traveling between Spain and Peru.
The canal was first attempted by the French in 1881, then finally abandoned in 1894. The U.S. government was interested in taking over the French project and signed a treaty with Colombia, which had sovereignty over the land, to do so. But the Colombian senate would not ratify the treaty. President Theodore Roosevelt sidestepped Colombia’s resistance by supporting a group of Panamanian separatists, recognizing them as the sovereign state of Panama, and dealing with them instead.
Roosevelt said, “I took the Isthmus, started the canal and then left Congress not to debate the canal, but to debate me.”
U.S. construction lasted from 1904 to 1914, when the 48-mile canal could finally be traversed.
While many cruise lines traverse the canal, Collette’s Discover Panama trip does not just focus on the canal. Though it does include a partial transit on the Pacific Queen ship through the canal, it is is primarily a land tour designed to focus more widely on the country of Panama itself.
“Really the best way to see it is on land,” said Dan Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette. “There is so much to see when you go to Gamboa and the Anton Valley, really all over. It’s a beautiful country, great beaches, great scenery and so much culture there.”
According to Sullivan, the quality of the resorts and the cuisine is much greater than is commonly recognized.
“People love to see everything that is on the land, and visiting the old market places and the cobblestone streets in Panama City, and that whole area. Then going up to the rainforest in Gamboa. The people just love the rainforest. We stay for three nights. There’s a great quality and variation in the resorts. People are surprised at how high quality the destination is, everything from the sightseeing to the food and the hotels.”
Beside partial transit on the canal, the Collette itinerary includes a dugout canoe visit to an Emberá indigenous village, a visit to the handicraft market in Anton Valley, time to enjoy hanging out on the white sand beaches of Playa Blanca and three nights in the Gamboa Rainforest Resort. The tour flies into Panama via Panama City.
Collette’s nine-day program is priced from $1,699 per person, not including air.
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HOPKINS, BELIZE – Hopkins is one of the few remaining Garifuna villages in the world and, like others in Belize, is struggling to preserve their endangered customs. A community-wide effort has ensued to uphold and share the Afro-Amerindian traditions with those who visit their district. Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort remains a defender of this disappearing culture; this award-winning eco-resort educates guests about Garifuna heritage and encourages travelers to take part in cultural festivities throughout the year.
The Garifuna people, also known as Garinagu, are an Afro-Caribbean culture created out of slave-driven and war-driven migrations from Nigeria to St. Vincent to Honduras and up the coast of Central America, including Belize. Through the admixture of these peoples as well as the influence of European settlers in the Americas, the Garifuna became a diverse culture incorporating African music, dance, rituals and ceremonies; Native American agriculture, hunting and fishing techniques; and an Arawak, Carib and French influenced language. UNESCO recognized the Garifuna Culture as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible cultural heritage of humanity, meaning this important culture should be preserved, promoted and celebrated.
At Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort guests can experience fresh, local Garifuna cuisine created by the resort’s award-winning culinary masters. Cassava, fresh coconut milk, plantains, local herbs from Hamanasi’s organic garden and freshly caught fish are just a handful of the ingredients used in Garifuna fare. Enjoy reading common Garifuna, Creole and Mayan phrases on the menu while waiting for your savory meal.
Hamanasi also offers a Hopkins Bicycle Tour, where a local guide leads guests through the village showing them cultural highlights, like the village drum marker, Rudy Coleman (father of a Hamanasi cook), and the Lebeha Drumming Center. The drumming center keeps Garifuna music alive by providing lessons to young people and offering weekly dancing and drumming performances for locals and guests. Visitors can even learn to play during one-on-one and small group lessons right on the beach. Hear the rhythmic African drumbeats, watch the dancers pulsate their hips and feel the spirits of Garifuna ancestors all around.
On November 19, Garinagu Settlement Day, the Garinagu present a reenactment of their forefathers’ arrival to Belize. Villagers awake at daybreak, don traditional clothing, then jump into boats and make their way along the shoreline. The boisterous crew stops at local sites, blowing conch shells to herald their arrival at each beach, then march along the sand while beating drums, shaking sisera, singing and dancing. Hamanasi Resort guests greet the Garinagu with local rum and cassava bread while dancing along. Resort employees – more than 50 percent of whom are Garifuna – also participate and wear traditional garb throughout the day. After these festivities, a mass is held in the village church to solemnly honor the ancestors who arrived from Honduras. The day also features a parade, drumming and dancing competitions, traditional food entrees and plenty of rum. In the evening, Hamanasi invites a local group to perform traditional drumming and dancing, offering guests the chance to, once again, enjoy and participate in the celebration.
Hamanasi supports the Garifuna year-round, providing jobs to locals, bringing in groups for performances as well as donating to many causes and organizations with the help of the Hamanasi Green Team. The resort is committed to supporting the community and giving them the means to preserve their unique traditions and share their culture with people from all over the world.
WHO: Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo
WHAT: Privately guided Nocturnal Golf tour under the stars to include a practice round at the driving range, play at holes 1 and 9 and a walk to Nacascolo Beach and the certified Audubon Sanctuary for more tropical nightlife viewing. Starting time is 6 p.m. for a maximum of four players.
The experience includes a line of lights showing the fairway from tee to light-encircled greens. Pull carts and lanterns will be available.
The Night Pals Audience: Howler and white-faced monkeys, deer, pizotes (raccoons), pecaris, and iguanas.
WHERE: Adjacent to the Four Seasons Costa Rica is Peninsula Papagayo’s Arnold Palmer-designed, highly acclaimed golf course in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
WHY: The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Four Seasons Peninsula Papagayo with the culinary celebration Taste the Stars and the Perfect 10 travel package.
WHEN: NOW to November 23, 2014
COST: USD$95/per person
RESERVATIONS & INQUIRIES: Fourseasons.com or Resort Reservations +800-819-5053
About Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Founded in 1960, Four Seasons continues to define the future of luxury hospitality with extraordinary imagination, unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality, and the most genuine and customized service. Currently operating 92 hotels and private residences in major city centers and resort destinations in 38 countries, and with more than 60 projects in development, Four Seasons consistently ranks among the world’s best hotels and most prestigious brands in reader polls, traveler reviews and industry awards. For more information and reservations, visit fourseasons.com. For the latest news, visit press. www.fourseasons.com and follow @FourSeasonsPR on Twitter.
It’s A Level Results Day on Thursday and thousands of students across the country will be hoping to secure the grades they need to enter higher education. But what if things don’t quite go as planned, or you have deferred university for a year? Many will be planning a gap year, or even re-thinking their future in the wake of results day. Whether it’s a last-minute gap year after securing a deferred university placement via clearing, or a placement abroad to gain valuable experience prior to entering employment, Global Vision International run over 100 projects in 15 countries around the world which promise to allow volunteers to make an impact, experience new cultures and explore locations restricted to normal tourists. What’s more, these placements offer school-leavers the chance to develop leadership skills, team working and initiative – all great preparation for the workplace.
With regular departure dates, GVI have availability in the coming weeks on some amazing projects around the globe. For a year abroad experience that is life-changing, ethically sound and CV-boosting, these are some of our favourites…
Marine Conservation in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (4-24 weeks)
Travel to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and join forces with GVI’s marine conservation expedition, earning your PADI diving certificate whilst working on and monitoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest barrier reef in the world. Volunteers contribute with coral reef and fish monitoring, seasonal turtle nesting and many other tasks. This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work.
The next 4 week programmes depart on the 23rd August, 20th September and 18th October 2014 and cost £1,795pp*. Longer placements are available.
Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos (2-24 weeks)
Discover Laos’ ancient city of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and teach English to Buddhist novice monks, improving the quality of their education and enabling them to access more opportunities and deliver a higher quality of life for their families. You will have the opportunity to visit local sites such as the Mekong River, beautiful waterfalls and breath-taking mountains in your spare time.
The next 2 week programmes depart on the 9th August, 23rd August, 6th September and 20th September 2014 and cost £945pp*. Longer placements are available.
Teaching and Community Development Internship in South Africa (24 weeks)
Gain valuable experience when you join a 24 week teaching and community development internship in the beautiful city of Cape Town. The internship begins with a 12 week volunteer project, where you will learn how to plan and deliver a range of educational programmes in deprived township schools, day care centres and orphanages, gaining experience in teamwork and leadership. After successfully completing this phase you will then undertake a 12 week work placement where you will further develop your teaching skills and assist with the running of educational programmes (including childcare, sports and creative play) for young children. An exceptional opportunity to provide disadvantaged children with a richer, better quality education while gaining invaluable teaching experience and qualifications.
The next 24 month programme departs on the 20th September 2014 and costs £3,495pp*.
Community Development projects in Fiji (2-12 weeks)
Help community members develop important infrastructure for future generations in either the forests of the Dawsamu District or the white sand beaches of the Yasawa Island chain in the west region of Fiji by assisting with construction projects, setting up income-generating projects and volunteering in local kindergartens and schools. As a hands-on member of the expedition team participants will assist several critical initiatives including fresh water management, education, income generation projects, environmental initiatives, health awareness and sustainable agriculture practises. The dramatic Fijian landscape offers sweeping volcanic hillsides and beautiful crystal clear lagoons. In this picturesque environment volunteers will set to work helping community members develop important infrastructure for future generations.
The next 2 week programmes depart on the 23rd August, 20th September and 18th October 2014 and cost £1,145pp*. Longer placements are available.
Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica (4 – 12 weeks)
Join a team of international volunteers on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast in the Tortugero National Park. Through hands on work in the rainforest, you will gain a thorough understanding of this important ecosystem and contribute to its long term conservation, whilst participating in important research on species’ population studies of Jaguars, aquatic birds and sea turtles. Professional development is very important, and as such a range of practical skills and practical knowledge are key parts of the expedition through additional training and field experience.
The next 4 week programmes depart on the 23rd August, 20th September and 18th October 2014 and cost £1,460pp*. Longer placements available
*All projects include the following:
Pre-departure support and discounted services
24-hour emergency phone
Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support
What’s Not Included:
Medical and travel insurance
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes
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WHAT: A triplet of Wonders to celebrate the resort’s 10th Anniversary
WONDER #1: GASTRONOMY MEETS ASTRONOMY
Taste of the Stars: A collaboration with Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz (seven space missions record-holder), Executive Chef Mario Alconcer and his Costa Rica culinary team. Inspirations are space challenges of weightlessness, extreme temperatures, fluid dynamics and darkness. The result? A five-course tasting menu under the clear Southern Sky through a powerful GPS-guided telescope between courses.
Gastronomic Surprises: A Meteorites sauce, a Big Bang Theory starter, star sightings of Columba and Hydra 2nd and 3rd courses, and meteorite jus with the entrée followed by what else but A Milky Way dessert and Pisces sighting with mango asteroids.
WHEN: Brought back a second time for this anniversary celebration: November 2014 to May 2015. Requires 72-hour advance booking.
COST: $195 for adults and children, $100.
CONTACT FOR RESERVATIONS and more INFORMATION: The Hotel Concierge at: Call + (506) 2696-0000 or Fax + (506) 2696-0010
WONDER #2: EYES WIDE-OPEN GOLF
Nocturnal Golf: Privately guided Nocturnal Golf tour under the stars to include a practice round at the driving range, play at holes 1 and 9 and a walk to Nacascolo Beach and the certified Audubon Sanctuary for more tropical nightlife viewing. Starting time is 6 p.m. for a maximum of four players.
The experience includes a line of lights showing the fairway from tee to light-encircled greens. Pull carts and lanterns will be available. Night-vision goggles and a shot of your best aim with slow-shutter and multiple-exposure photography make it a game-changer.
The Night Pals Audience: Howler and white-faced monkeys, deer, pizotes (raccoons), pecaris, and iguanas.
WHERE: Adjacent to the Four Seasons Costa Rica is Peninsula Papagayo’s Arnold Palmer-designed, highly acclaimed golf course in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
WHEN: NOW to November 23, 2014
COST: $95/per person
RESERVATIONS & INQUIRIES: fourseasons.com or Resort Reservations +(506) 2696-0098; +800-819-5053
WONDER #3: THE PERFECT 10, WHERE ECO MEETS LUXURY
The Perfect Ten: 10 days of rare experiences that include:
• Cocos Island, an ecological treasure, for four nights’ sailing on the Sea Hunter private yacht where you may choose to scuba with sharks and go sport fishing
• Private air travel (FS Jet or other)
• Accommodations in a luxury estate home (Casa del Cielo, Casa del Mar or Casa de Luna)
• Food and beverage
• Helicopter day trip to the volcanoes, rainforest and coffee plantations (with aerial views of Arenal, Poas and Irazu volcanoes and where you can roast your own coffee)
• GoPro wearable, waterproof camera
• Farewell feast by Executive Chef Mario Alconcer (may include fish you’ve caught during your adventure)
RESERVATIONS & INQUIRIES: fourseasons.com or Resort Reservations +(506) 2696-0098; +800-819-5053
Arenal, Costa Rica: – There are many reasons to visit Costa Rica during the ‘green season’. The rivers run higher (more fun when you’re white water rafting); the rainforest becomes more magical; the tropical flowers are in full bloom; and there are fewer visitors. But probably the best reason to go is the End of Summer package at Nayara Springs. A 10% discount on the nightly rate, a three-course dinner every night, and a $100 spa gift certificate, all add up to a value-filled vacation. The End of Summer runs from August 20 – October 31, 2014.
Nayara Springs, a luxury hotel at the foot of Costa Rica’s Arenal volcano, features 16 individual villas, each with a private plunge pool fed by hot springs. The hotel’s five restaurants include Amor Loco, piano bar; Altamira, an open-air restaurant specializing in traditional Costa Rican dishes; and Nostalgia Wine & Tapas Bar with its selection of Latin America wines.
Prepare for a rejuvenating wellness experience at the Spa at Nayara Springs with chocolate clay wraps from organic cocoa beans; coffee scrubs with ingredients direct from a local farm; and the couples’ Nature Escape starting with a traditional sea salt foot soak.
Complimentary services for each guest at Nayara Springs include:
• Personal host
• Private plunge pool fed by natural mineral hot springs
• Breakfast a la carte brought to the villa or served poolside
• Mini-bar selection, except wine and liquor
• Fresh fruit delivered daily
• Cocktail snacks delivered daily
• Twice daily maid service
• Welcome fruit cocktail
• Daily replenishment of coffee and tea
• Wi-Fi in your villa and throughout the property
• Free international phone calls from the villa
• Free movies
• Free laundry service
Located approximately 2.5 hours from the capital of San Jose, Nayara Springs sits in seclusion just outside the town of La Fortuna, in the foothills of the Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano National Park is host to one of the world’s highest concentrations of tropical plants and wildlife, and is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica.
For more information on Nayara Springs’ exclusive offerings and tours, visit www.nayarasprings.com
About Nayara Springs
Nayara Springs sits amid lush tropical gardens and overlooks the Arenal Volcano in the LaFortuna area of Costa Rica. The hotel’s 16 deluxe suites offer spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano, boast individual thermal spring-fed plunge pools, over-sized bathrooms, indoor and outdoor showers, lush gardens, and spacious verandas. Amenities include the Spa at Nayara Springs and yoga pavilion, AmorLoco poolside Restaurant, and Piano Bar. The 24-hour butler arranges diverse rainforest activities, which can be privately booked for families or couples, from zip trekking to river safaris. Nayara is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World (www.slh.com)
The Peten district is the most inaccessible and rarely-visited region of Guatemala. Today it is lightly populated, and yet more than 1,500 years ago Maya rulers jockeyed for supremacy as they created immense cities here. During the 1990s mounting evidence indicated that a single kingdom, called Snake (‘Kaan’), had a disproportionate influence in the ancient Maya world. Today, the glorious remains and texts written on carved stone monuments affirm the power of this royal family.
Journey with Far Horizons on a 6-day exploration into the remote rain forest in search of the connections to the Kaan Royalty, and learn of the captivating finds made at several of the most influential sites. Two days will be spent flying by privately-chartered helicopter to explore three important sites – La Corona, Waka’, and El Mirador – that have created quite a stir in the international press due to newly-found connections to the Kaan Family. We will also travel by truck along jungle-shrouded dirt tracks to Holmul, where recent discoveries provide tantalizing connections to the Snake Kingdom. Walking through these verdant rainforests teaming with wildlife combined with the lack of crowds guarantees the overall experience very special even for the seasoned traveler.
Travel with only 8 others on this adventure through Guatemala. The trip dates are April 4 – 9, 2015 and the itinerary can be viewed on our website. Please continue to visit our blog and view the ‘Did you know?’ section for interesting tidbits of archaeological news.
Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips, Inc.
P.O. Box 2546
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