Renovations Of The Libertador Trujillo

October 21, 2014 on 12:42 pm | In Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowThe renovations of the public areas and guestrooms in the Libertador Trujillo, one of the city’s most symbolic hotels, are complete, and its guests can now enjoy the fruits of this grand restoration work.

The hotel will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary as part of the Libertador hotel chain, and this completed work that restored traditions this city is known for and that added innovative touches is an expression of its commitment to maintaining the expected high standards of quality.

Libertador focused the improvements on expanding the reception area and lobby and on making the bar, restaurant, and terrace more distinctive and striking to increase its guests’ comfort. The Lobby expansion, furthermore, included the addition of a new Business Center to meet the needs of its business and vacation travelers.

Guestroom renovations took the form of upgrades to the beds and bedding and the installation of new, modern television sets; the final touches to the interior design to embellish and enhance our guests’ experience are still underway.

The chosen color scheme highlights the hotel’s Colonial architecture and is in keeping with a manor house from that time period, employing mosaics, heavy drapery, and other significant changes in interior décor, some very traditional like the lattice work and wrought iron lamps for which Trujillo is famous.

Flavia Montesinos, the hotel’s manager, said, “We have balanced the operational aspects that a hotel must have with its attractive visual details, all the while maintaining good taste.”

The Libertador Trujillo hotel has 73 guestrooms, and the average number of guests per year is 19,700. The nine-month long renovation period entailed an investment of $ 2 million.

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Caribbean’s Newest Cruise Destination Opening

October 15, 2014 on 2:21 pm | In Beachbooker, Belize, Costa Rica, Cruise Boats | Comments Off



The Caribbean’s newest cruise destination, Banana Coast, will officially open on Oct. 15 when the Norwegian Jewel visits the purpose-built facility on the north coast of mainland Honduras.

The $20 million development is located on the protected deep-water Bay of Trujillo, “one of the finest harbors in the Caribbean, if not the finest,” said Michael Greve, president of Miami-based Global Destination Development, which is a partner in the project.

Eight ships have scheduled 29 calls at Banana Coast during the 2014-15 winter season. In addition to Norwegian Cruise Line, other companies with plans to visit include Holland America Line, Silversea Cruises, Oceania Cruises and P&O Cruises.

Although a ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for Oct. 15, the Norwegian Jewel is not the very first ship to call at Banana Coast. That honor went to the Travel Dynamics International’s 130-passenger Yorktown, which visited on Feb. 10. But the 2,376-passenger Norwegian Jewel is the first mega-ship to call at the new cruise facility.

“We finished construction this past spring after a couple of years,” Greve said. “Tenants are still moving in, and that will continue as we build up our business. Tours are fully developed at this point.”

The 10-acre waterfront facility now has a beach and about 20,000 square feet of retail, including a jade museum and jewelry store, CocoLoco’s organic frozen coconuts, duty-free liquor and gift shop, and kiosks offering refreshments and souvenirs crafted by local artisans. The shopping area can build out to 50,000 square feet over time, Greve said. There isn’t a restaurant at this time, but several are within walking distance just outside the Banana Coast welcome center.

Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowArriving cruise passengers will be welcomed by local Garifuna performers — who play a unique Central American style of music, including Punta — and dancers in colorful attire. Signage will be in English and Spanish, and translators will be on hand at the port.

Banana Coast Tours offers 15 shore excursions that include active, adventurous activities as well as tours on trams. Among the excursions are a snorkeling trip to a bay populated by starfish, kayaking in a bio-diverse lagoon, a hike to cascading pools of water, an ATV tour through the jungle, horseback riding, hikes through the Campo del Mar nature parks, and tram rides through the historic city of Trujillo.

“Our dedicated cruise center is adjacent to the colonial town of 30,000 people, which offers a plethora of options,” Greve said. “There are all kinds of walking activities very close to the port, which is one of the highlights of Banana Coast. Trujillo was established in 1525, so it’s a really quaint Spanish colonial town. It’s less than a five-minute walk away.”

Christopher Columbus landed in Trujillo in 1502 during his final voyage to the New World. Among the attractions in Trujillo are the 17th century Santa Bárbara Fort, a traditional Spanish plaza, and 19th century San Juan Baptista Church. Historic British, French, and U.S. consulates also are within walking distance.

Banana Coast is about 32 miles south of Roatán, an island that is home to Carnival Corp.’s Mahogany Bay Cruise Center and the facility at Coxen Hole partially owned by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. But as those facilities have grown in popularity on the Western Caribbean circuit, it sometimes gets crowded.

“They can become quite full on middle days of the week in high season, which is part of the reason some of the lines are interested in our port,” Greve said.

Although there are plans to build a pier, Banana Coast now will operate as a tender port. Ships will use their own tenders to bring passengers about 550 yards to the cruise center. “The water is so calm in that bay, we really don’t foresee that to be a major issue for the guests,” Greve said. “We have plans for a dock but it depends on the growth and the feedback we get from the cruise lines.”

Global Destination Development is building Banana Coast with Grand Trujillo Authority, a partnership that includes Life Vision Properties and the municipality of Trujillo.

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Avitourism takes flight with the Cayuga Collection

October 14, 2014 on 7:28 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Belize, Cabinweb, Costa Rica | Comments Off




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A 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition, Nov. 10 – 20, 2014

San Jose, Costa Rica – For those who you like to see, hear or track tropical bird species or assist conservation efforts to the 870 bird species that call Costa Rica home, the Cayuga Collection has partnered with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to offer a 10-day Tropical Birding Expedition (Nov. 10 – 20, 2014).

Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition will guide guests through some of the most diverse and plentiful bird habitats in the Costa Rica, while providing avid birders the opportunity to enjoy eco-luxury amenities at a variety of award winning, sustainable properties. Additionally, guests will experience both primary and re-generating rainforests and a coffee plantation, many differing ecosystems hosting a myriad of Central American species. As a bonus, North American migrants will have arrived, better informing the need for neo-tropical forest conservation.

Included in the expedition are visits to Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort near San Jose, Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort in Manuel Antonio, and the famed Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the southern tip of the Osa Peninsula. Guests have the opportunity to sign up for the full 10-day tour, or arrange schedules to join the avitourism activities at any of these properties. When signing up for any of the Cayuga’s Tropical Birding Expedition, there is a 35 per cent reduced room cost at each participating property.

Properties offer a wide range of bird species, including the scarlet macaw, laughing falcon, dozens of tanagers, toucans, and colourful hummingbird species. To help maintain the natural habitats and migration of these birds, each of the Cayuga Collection properties have taken steps to enhance conservation efforts. At Finca Rosa Blanca, the tree-shaded organic coffee plantation is a natural draw for birds seeking insects, fruit and shelter. Thanks to the many native trees planted on site, the shade trees in turn provide nutrients and nitrogen to the coffee plants. Arenas Del Mar uses only native plant species throughout the property to attract bird life found in the Central Pacific zone including the common black hawks, trogons and toucan varieties. John and Karen Lewis, the visionary founders of Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Reserve, signed a conservation easement benefiting permanent biodiversity protection to more than 900 acres of tropical rainforest. In addition to almost all Costa Rican animal species, reptiles, amphibians, etc., more than 360 bird species have been recorded. For a bird list, visit http://www.laparios.com/birders_paradise.html

Awaken each morning to the bird chorus then join the pre-breakfast early bird walks, which provide the best chance to see multiple foraging species. Participate in afternoon or evening bird hikes, and seminars on birding conservation with an overview of the work being done by Cornell Lab of Ornithology. A full schedule of daily activities is available by contacting info@cayugaonline.com

Joining from Cornell will be husband-and-wife team Ben Freeman and Alexa Class Freeman. Having worked as a bird guide and researcher throughout Central America, Ben is now studying and conducting research for his dissertation for Cornell on tropical bird evolutionary ecology. Alexa is currently a post-doctoral researcher, where she works to educate the public about the conservation of biology of birds. Previously, Alexa worked several years in tropical countries including Costa Rica, Ecuador (where she completed her dissertation research), and Papua New Guinea, studying birds and helping with conservation efforts.

With one fifth of Americans identifying as birdwatchers, avitourism is a growing industry, contributing more than $36B to the US economy, according to a US Fish & Wildlife Service study, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society developed eBird.org in 2002, which serves as an online checklist program, helping to revolutionize the way that the birding community reports and accesses information about birds. With a goal to maximize the utility and accessibility of bird observations, those participating in the Tropical Birding Expedition will have the opportunity to participate in the program, helping to catalogue observations in each of the Cayuga Collection property locations.

For more information on the Tropical Birding Expedition, visit www.cayugaonline.com

About Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality

Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality develops and manages hotels, lodges and other tourism related projects in Central America commit to the four Ps of sustainability – people, planet, profit and place. It offers solutions and expertise to tourism operators looking to enhance their performance in an environmentally, socially responsible manner. Cayuga provides expert responsible travel advice, including full itinerary suggestions for families, adventurers and honeymooners. For more information, visit www.cayugaonline.com


Costa Rica: Explore the Wildlife and Gain an Appreciation of Nature with WANT Expeditions

October 14, 2014 on 7:23 am | In Adventure Travel, Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today Show Costa Rica is truly an adventurer’s paradise. Full of lush vegetation and abundant wildlife, this region attracts many by luring visitors with its natural beauty and unique biosphere. Travel like never before with expert tour operator WANT Expeditions and experience their Costa Rica Wildlife Safari.

Explore the Amazon

As a destination widely pursued by many outdoor and nature enthusiasts, Costa Rica remains a region packed with numerous types of species and limitless adventure. The amazon is densely populated with a variety of plants and animals, including more than 350 species of birds alone! While in the region, opportunities to view the various plants and wildlife are great, and the experience comes with days filled with adventure, exploration and education. Paddle the waters in a canoe or slosh through the muddy trails in a pair of wellies for an up-close and personal look deep into a region that is rich with everything an outdoor traveler desires!

Make the Most of Your Trip

With the Costa Rica Wildlife Safari, travelers are sure to breathe in every aspect of the encounter without missing a thing. Offering trips that aim to deliver action-packed excitement along with educational and conservational awareness, WANT Expeditions boasts an impressive rate of return guests. Try everything from seeking out high-flying birds to quietly creeping along the jungle floors.

Feel Good about the Company with Whom You Travel

If you’re looking for a tour company who truly prioritizes the importance of conservation and environmental responsibility, look no further. While the Amazon impresses travelers with the chance to experience a variety of animals and enchants onlookers with countless species, WANT Expeditions gives guests the opportunity to help make a difference by supporting efforts to protect wildlife with initiatives such as the Maquenque Private National Park Conservation Project. The proposed project intends to save several crucial species,

 

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Ziplining A Volcano At Arenal in Costa Rica

September 7, 2014 on 3:03 pm | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



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 Rose Blanca Coffee Resort

August 29, 2014 on 9:01 am | In Cabinweb, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



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.


Four Seasons Costa Rica Nocturnal Jungle Golf Under the Milky Way

August 12, 2014 on 11:44 am | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



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.

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Gap Years: It’s Not Too Late! August & September Departures From GVI‏

August 12, 2014 on 11:05 am | In Adventure Travel, Asia, Central America, Costa Rica, Laos, London, Myanmar, United Kingdom | Comments Off



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)
Arrival orientation
Long term experienced staff
Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
Welcome meeting
Location orientation
All necessary project training by experienced staff
All necessary project equipment and materials
24-hour in-country support

What’s Not Included:

Flights
Medical and travel insurance
Visa costs
Personal kit
Additional drinks and gratuities
Extra local excursions
International and domestic airport taxes

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Four Seasons Costa Rica Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Three Wonders

August 11, 2014 on 10:23 am | In Beachbooker, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowWHO: FOUR SEASONS RESORT COSTA RICA

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
• Internet
• 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)

WHEN: NOW

COST: $1M

RESERVATIONS & INQUIRIES: fourseasons.com or Resort Reservations +(506) 2696-0098; +800-819-5053


Nayara Springs Launches End Of Summer Special‏

August 7, 2014 on 11:19 am | In Adventure Travel, Central America, Costa Rica | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowArenal, 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)


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