Pura vida, meaning pure life, is a well-known Costa Rican saying, as well as the Costa Rican way of life. At the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo, guests can experience the pura vida lifestyle, however that translates to them, whether it's through a day of active adventure or a detox from everyday life.
When my friend Larry returned from Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, he told me (repeatedly) that he’d found the water too cold for snorkeling. A few months ago, when I returned from the Galapagos, I told him that his skinny pal had felt warm enough. How could this be?
Newlyweds are on the move, increasingly and wildly interested in experiencing new horizons in Central and South America. And with today’s honeymooners, it is rare that this most treasured of memories will be a one-stop destination. Consider just a couple of compelling combos.
A private home turned luxury boutique Hotel, Casa Palopo is the first property in Guatemala—and only the second in Central America—to became an official member of the Relais & Chateaux hotel group.
An awesome inventory of temples and pyramids left behind by the ancient Maya. Horizons of sacred volcanoes mirrored in pristine lakes. Quiche Maya people weaving and wearing traditional dress. Well-preserved colonial towns and villages. Weekly markets and folkloric festivals—a kaleidoscope of color. Without doubt, few countries in the Americas can match Guatemala in cultural attractions.
Who says Brazil is not totally focused on the 2016 Summer Olympics? Why else would the Brazilian Tourism Institute (EMBRATUR) come up with a bit of aviation trivia that reads: “The United States, the second largest delegation in the 2012 Olympics, had the largest number of flights to Brazil in 2014. In fact, international flights to Brazil increased by 30.97 percent in 2014, compared to 2010."
“If any destination is tailormade for family travel, Costa Rica is it.” I wrote that sentence in Recommend’s Costa Rica Specialist Program based on just looking around during many years of traveling in this family-friendly nation. Last July was time to sample the product: The Hunt family traveled in an Adobe Rent a Car’s 4x4 to a trio of kid-friendly wild places: Tortuguero National Park (three nights), the Sarapiqui region (two nights), and Monteverde National Park (three nights). Perhaps a trip report on what worked (most things) and what didn’t (just a few) will be helpful in client trip planning.
Why is The New York Times Travel Show one of the largest trade and consumer travel events in North America? Well, let’s take a quick look at the numbers of the 10th annual tourism showcase, held Jan. 23-25, under the banner of 150 Countries, One Destination.
For over 50 years, travel to Cuba has been limited from the U.S., but as of last Friday, new travel rules between the two countries are now in effect. This could mean big changes for both travelers and travel advisors, but tell clients not to start packing just yet.
While the temperature plunged to an all-time low for this year’s winter season—10℉, not counting the wind chill factor—and the stock market shot up a staggering 323 points on the Dow Jones, our good neighbors from the Costa Rica Tourism Ministry came to New York City to launch their Save the Americans campaign.The rescue victims are the overworked American worker and the rescue cure is—you guessed it: come relax in Costa Rica.
After last year's announcement to build a tram to the ruins of Choquequirao, the government of Peru has announced plans for a second tram headed to the ancient Chachapoyas fortress of Kuelap. The new cable car is expected to accommodate up to 1,000 visitors to Kuelap every hour.
Let’s seriously consider a corner of Costa Rica that this traveler is not sure even the Costa Ricans know is there—the Caribbean coast, no match for the high-end pleasures and treasures of the Pacific coast, but a perfect match for clients who want wildlife viewing, snorkeling and surfing, laid-back beach towns, a join-in nightlife, and a less-costly vacation.
A few weeks ago, Recommend attended an event in Miami to get the 4-1-1 on AMResorts' new AMRewards program, where the senior director of sales, Matt Mullen, mentioned the brand was expanding to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as adding more properties in Mexico.
Journese, the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, has grown its Central America portfolio with the addition of Belize as its newest destination. The new product line includes five deluxe resorts on Ambergris Caye, a variety of activity options and excursions, as well as private air and ground transportation options.
Australis, an expedition cruise company sailing on 3- and 4-night cruises between Ushuaia, Argentina and Puerto Arenas, Chile, has a magical routing: the Strait of Magellan, Cape Horn, the Beagle Channel and other places down in far-flung Tierra del Fuego that reverberate with adventure and history.