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Things to do in Panama City, Panama

On our trip to Panama we had about a day and a half in Panama City. As much as I prefer to bypass cities, especially big cities I also like to build in a day at the start of a trip in case of flight cancellations, delays...the usual. It was the first time in Panama for our group of four so although we could have spent the better part of a day hanging out by…

The Canopy Tower Experience in Panama

The Canopy Tower, a birding lodge in Panama's Sobrenia National Park, was our home for three nights in November. It's a converted, hard to miss, turquoise coloured former radar tower that was built in 1965 by the US Air Force to defend the Panama Canal. You can see the canal from the observation deck and even the lights of Panama City, less than an hour's drive away.  The Canopy Tower is popular with the serious…

5 Activities You Must Do if You Visit Panama

I spent a lot of time researching what there is to do in Panama if you only have eight full days. Our group of four didn't want the hassle of an internal flight which limited options. If you have five - eight days to visit Panama I'd recommend doing the following 5 activities. If you have more time, take a trip to the San Blas Islands for kayaking and/or fly north to visit the coffee plantations and beaches. 1. Dine by…

Hiking in Guatemala from Village to Village

On a beach holiday, the closest you might come to a local resident is when they serve you a drink at the bar. Maybe, you learn their first name and discover they have a couple of children. Hiking in Central America, especially hiking from village to village, however, provides you with a fascinating glimpse into a culture that is entirely different than our own in Canada. For a short time, it allows you to observe…

32 Interesting Facts about Costa Rica

These 32 interesting facts about Costa Rica, a nature rich, bio-diverse country in Central America, will hopefully fill a few knowledge gaps. Read them if you're just plain curious about the country or should you have plans to visit. Interesting Facts about Costa Rica - Government and Capital City Costa Rica’s government is a democratic Republic with a President as head of state. Carlos Alvarado Quesada is the current president. Costa Rica has a population…

Biking around in Parque Nacional Vinales, Cuba

Today's post is brought to you by Claudia who blogs at  My Adventures Across the World. She writes about biking in Cuba, a country I have always wanted to explore on two wheels. I love biking. Not only it is a great means of transportation, it is fast and it is eco-friendly; but it also gives me a huge sense of freedom and closeness to nature. When I read that it was possible to visit Viñales…

Amazing Volcanoes to Hike in Nicaragua

I’ll admit right off the bat that having volunteered with Quetzaltrekkers Nicaragua that I’m a bit biased on my hike selection. It is a volunteer run organization that supports local children’s charities with 100% of their profits, but you’ll also find other options located in Leon and throughout other parts of the country. After doing well over 30 hikes in Nicaragua on six different volcanoes and several other routes, as well as talking with fellow guides…

A Volcano in Costa Rica You’ll Want to Hike

You need to wear these rubber boots, Pablo our host at La Finca Anita Rainforest Lodge explains - to guard against snake bites. Oh great I'm thinking. John and I are both wondering what we've got ourselves into. We have elected to do a guided hike of beautiful cone-shaped Miravalles Volcano - one of the 61 volcanoes in Costa Rica that is dormant. This hike is one where you definitely want a guide. Not only are the…

A Costa Rican Style Cooking Class

On a trip to Costa Rica our group of four had the immense pleasure of participating in a Costa Rican style cooking class with a local family during our three night stay at La Anita Rainforest Ranch. On the day that we arrived at the ranch our delightful hosts Ana and Pablo asked us what activities were of interest and whether a cooking class with a local family would be something we'd enjoy. Our enthusiastic…

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