Adventure

Costa Rica – An adventure lovers playground

Costa Rica is fantastic for wildlife and adventure enthusiasts, with exciting experiences to offer everyone. I have just returned from a ten-day experience led trip with Camino Travel testing out their best adventure activities, while staying in magnificent eco-hotels and getting up close to Costa Rica’s wonderful wildlife.

Finca Rosa Blanca

I’ve travelled to Costa Rica a couple of times and always in November, which is considered the green season and the end of the rainy season (May to November). I’ve learned that if it rains, it tends to rain in short bursts in the morning or afternoon, which don’t disrupt your day too much. The temperatures are still warm and tropical in the rainy season (25C-27C on average) and there are fewer people travelling, which is a huge bonus. However, if you prefer to be guaranteed more sunshine, then it’s best to travel between December and May, but it will be busier.


Finca Rosa Blanca was my first stop, one of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World, with a huge emphasis on sustainability and supporting the environment. I enjoyed an organic coffee tour to learn how they take beans to cup to make some of the finest Arabica coffee in the world. After enjoying a cup or two, we travelled on and enjoyed a few hours of wildlife watching at La Paz Waterfall Gardens. This is a great place to get a taste of the wildlife that you may see during your time in Costa Rica, I saw many sloths, monkeys, wild cats, and some very colourful hummingbirds.

La Paz Waterfall Gardens


On the journey from La Paz Waterfall Gardens to Arenal, we spotted some sloths chilling in the trees and saw some colourful toucans. The countryside in Costa Rica is teeming with wildlife and has rich soils and fantastic tropical climate for growing fruits, we drove past many banana and pineapple plantations, coffee farms and coconut trees. I enjoyed a ‘pipa fria’ on the way – a deliciously fresh and cold coconut water. We finished off our first day exploring with a visit to Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica’s largest network of naturally flowing thermal mineral springs in Arenal’s private and secluded rainforest reserve. In my opinion, this is the best place to relax after your first day acclimatizing to the change in time zone.


If you enjoy adrenalin then the Arenal Sky Tram and Trek is a must, it’s one of Costa Rica’s longest zip lines, offering stunning views over the Arenal Lake. However, if you need to find some water-based activities for your clients, then the Guanacaste Coast is easy to access from Arenal (Approx. 3-4 hrs drive). Here you can choose from kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, surfing or fishing. You can visit Samara or Nosara to enjoy the Pacific Coast, there are some excellent hotels to choose from as well, which Camino Travel can advise on.

Pacuare River Rafting, Samara Beach Kayaking, Zip Lining


Costa Rica offers some of the best white water rafting in Central America on the Pacuare River, where you can enjoy an exhilarating raft over grade I and II rapids to the Pacuare Lodge or Rios Tropicales Eco Lodge. Pacuare Lodge is another National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a very special place for those seeking a luxury rainforest experience. I stayed in one of their river view rooms, which came with an amazing balcony, with a hammock, a great place to sit and listen to the sounds of the river and rainforest. Rio Tropicales is a comfortable eco-lodge option for those that want to enjoy a river view and hike in the primary rainforest surrounding the lodge, it’s great for groups and less expensive.

Pacuare Lodge


Puerto Viejo, located on the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica offers a more laid-back atmosphere, with palm-fringed beaches and delicious Caribbean cuisine. Bikes are available to rent, to cycle from beach to beach, and you can stop off on the way to visit the Jaguar Rescue Centre or sit and have a few beers sat next to your favourite palm tree. The Aguas Claras Hotel is a 5-star boutique hotel, a short walk away from the tranquillity of Playa Chiquita beach. The hotel is beautifully decorated with Costa Rican art and is owned by a Costa Rican artist, who really cares about sustainability and protecting the natural environment. It was the perfect place to kick back and relax on the beach at the end of a fabulous time touring through Costa Rica.


The diversity of wildlife and activities available in Costa Rica, as well as the very high standard of service and accommodation, make Costa Rica one of the best destinations to travel to in Latin America. If you are interested in knowing more about Camino Travel and Costa Rican itineraries please contact Katrina (katrina@americas.co.uk) for more information.

Local and sustainable tourism with ADSMundo

ADSMundo Chile has been developing new experiences geared towards cultural experiences and sustainable tourism with local communities, which seek the right balance between your guest’s experiences and the respect for the local indigenous communities.

Aymara, Kunza, Rapa Nui and Mapuche communities are the most represented in the Chilean territory and they all have a strong identity as well as real authentic cultural roots that are interesting to discover.

On a trip with ADSMundo, we can introduce you to one of the best possible cultural immersions into the Mapuche world, as well as the indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina.

The “People of the Earth” have a rich culture as well as a common social and religious structure oriented towards the belief in the strength of nature and its connection to their people via the role, amongst others, of the Machi (shaman).

Memories, stories, and beliefs, often very local and specific, are a significant part of the Mapuche traditional culture, which we want to discover through three days’ stay in the Bio Bio Region next to Concepción.

Sharing local activities with the Chilean inhabitants and discovering how they keep their lifestyle, traditions, and language alive (Mapudungun), which is now taught in rural schools of Bío-Bío, Araucanía and Los Lagos Regions again, which will certainly be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Please contact Claude Dumontet at ADSmundo for more information.

Take a hike up Baru Volcano in Panama

Magnificent views from the volcano trek

Barú National Park, founded in 1976, protects the magnificent biodiversity as well as the thick forest on the mountainsides of the volcano. It lies to the south of the continental divide between North America and South America, near Talamanca’s mountain range.

The volcano hike takes around 8-10 hours and starts early in the morning to take you to the top of the mighty Barú Volcano, which at 3,475 metres is the highest point in Panama. It’s a strenuous day of walking, therefore it’s recommended that you have a good level of fitness. It starts with a steady uphill walk for 13.5km (8.5m), which takes 4-5 hours. The hike down then takes 3-4 hours.

From the top, and on a clear day, you can experience magnificent views of both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific lorazepam generic name Ocean. The park is home to 250 species of birds which include hummingbirds, the yellow-thighed finch (Pselliophorus tibialis), black-cheeked warbler (Basileuterus melanogenys), crested eagle (Morphnus guianensis), bare-throated bellbird (Procnias nudicollis), sulphur-winged parakeet (Pyrrhura hoffmanni), and the mythological quetzal (Pharomachrus).

During the hike, you will be able to experience the lush flora, countless types of orchids – including some exotic ones, shiny bromeliads, giant oaks, and huge bamboos, as well as primary and secondary forests. In the first phase of the hike, you will see the vast valleys below and the small city of Boquete; before going deep into the thick forest, sometimes, you will be immersed in its characteristic mist, and when you arrive at the top, where you will enjoy the most magical views.

For more information on this tour, please contact Panama Journeys on marketing@panamajourneys.com

Gravity Falls – an adventure awaits in Costa Rica!

Gravity Falls day trip

If you are ready to push yourself and put your limits to the test, Costa Rica’s newest and most extreme adventure tour is a must!

Imagine a river tour with canyoning or rappelling – take it up a few notches, and we have the extreme challenge of ‘Gravity Falls Waterfall Jumping’, a multi-sport activity that takes you through a beautiful canyon in the middle of a tropical rainforest.

The day starts out easy enough, with a nice drive through the Costa Rican countryside, to go deep into the forest, where the adventure begins! Get your adrenaline going with a 140 ft rappel down a gushing waterfall, take a plunge into the cool, clear pool below, and make your way to the shore. Continue online drugstore your journey and jump down a series of waterfalls and cliffs, that range from 5 to 25 feet in height, trek through a narrow canyon passage and experience the magical combination of hiking, swimming, and rock climbing along the river. Professional guides will accompany every step of the way to ensure your safety and help you test your limits. Finish up the day with a delicious all you can eat buffet at the ‘Hunters & Gatherers’ riverside restaurant, before heading back to your hotel for a rest.

The gravity falls experience can be enjoyed as a day trip from your hotel in La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano. Contact Camino Travel at info@caminotravel.com for more information.

Muyil, Mexico – A magical UNESCO site by a tranquil turquoise lagoon

Panga boat trip on the Muyil lagoon

Native Trails recommend a visit to see the Maya site of Muyil, which lies in the biosphere reserve of Sian Ka’an, and has been a UNESCO Natural World Heritage since 1987. The several Mayan buildings lie close to a freshwater lagoon, which is linked to the Caribbean via canals and natural outlets. Muyil was part of the coastal trade network and was dominated by Chichén Itzá, Cobá, and later Mayapán.

Maya site of Muyil, Mexico

On a small path through the dense jungle of Yucatán, you reach the lagoons in the Sian Ka’an biosphere reserve. In a panga boat, you cross the turquoise blue water of the Muyil lagoon before passing the historic, extremely narrow Maya canal into the neighboring Chunyaxché lagoon. On its northern end, there is a small river amidst mangrove forests, where you can let your boat float in the clear water – this is a truly wonderful Mexican adventure!

Contact Olaf and the team at Native Trails for more information info@nativetrails.de

Snorkeling in Muyil lagoon

“Fortaleza” Special Walk in Panama City

Under the catch phrase “We used to rob tourists before, now we offer them tours”, a group of young former gangsters from the fearsome criminal group known as Ciudad de Dios (City of God) tell tourists their story during a walk around the streets of the historic center which were declared red-light districts years before. These young men participate in a program of Esperanza Social Venture Club, a non-profit private organization that is part of Fundación Calicanto, which has rehabilitated approximately forty criminals who belonged to the criminal groups named ‘Hot Boys’, La Terraza and Ciudad de Dios (The Terrance and City of God) and it has helped them re-join society.

The walk starts at Plaza Herrera, in front of the luxurious American Trade Hotel which worked previously as a base for the criminal group Ciudad de Dios and from where gangsters used to keep an eye on tourists in order to rob them. The hotels structure was known as Grayskull, the imaginary castle of the 80’s TV show He-Man. Next to the internal stairways, walls are decorated with graffiti images that used to cover the interior of the building at that time. During the walk, they will tell you episodes and anecdotes from those violent years while describing important buildings and going over forgotten footways that have not been restructured between Calle 9 (9th Street) and Calle 13 (13th Street). The walk ends in Calle 11 (11th Street), re-baptized under the name of Callejón Fortaleza (Fortaleza Alley), a little dead-end street where the criminal group used to escape from the police, it is nowadays a tourist reference with its local food places. Thus, you will have dinner there, seated on unsophisticated chairs and wooden tables; a menu of fried fish or chicken, slices of fried plantain, French fries and coconut rice served with the famous Fortaleza mojito, prepared by the former members of the criminal group Ciudad de Dios.

The smiles, commitment and kindness of these young men will make you doubt whether they had a dark past, still more, when they state: “This is the real life and not the other one”, a phrase showing their enormous will to change for the better.

DURATION: approximately 4 hours

TIME: 4:30 pm

GUIDE: Bilingual guide

For more information please contact marketing@panamajourneys.com today.

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