May 2019

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

Snorkeling in Muyil lagoon

Retreat to Colombia’s secluded Punta Faro Hotel on Macura Island

Punta Faro beach

With its unique log cabin designed from mangroves and palms, and with direct access to the beach, Punta Faro stands out for its unique eco architecture and excellent service.

Bedroom at Punta Faro

The hotel has a remote and peaceful location on the beautiful Mucura Island, which is only 2 hours by boat from Cartagena de Indias. It’s the perfect place to retreat and relax by the tranquil warm waters of the Caribbean Sea and to disconnect from the world.

Guests can enjoy a range of nautical sports on Macura Island, including scuba diving, sea-kayaking, windsurfing and sailing a catamaran, among others. There’s also the options to hire a bike to explore, play tennis or totally relax with a massage on the beach.

Its a great spot for anyone looking to experience calm and serenity and experience the very best of Colombian hospitality.

For more information on Punta Faro or Macura Island please contact or visit the Colombian Journeys website.

Nosara – A place to relax the mind, body and spirit

Sunset Yoga in Nosara

The relaxing sound of waves crashing on the beach, the soothing sights of a myriad of tones of green, and the mesmerizing tropical environment are an elemental part of the underlying beauty of Nosara – a community dedicated to yoga, meditation and just plain good living, in one of the few “blue zones” in the world.

Yoga Lessons in Nosara

Nosara is not the easiest place to get to, but that only seems to add to the magic for those who are looking for the perfect wave, heightened self-awareness or just some rest and time to switch off from the constant phone buzzes or masses of emails we all know too well.

Those who come to Nosara to practice the art and science of yoga will find that there is no shortage of options for both the novice and more experienced. A leisurely stroll through town offers healing centers, open-air studios – tucked among the lush vegetation of Costa Rica’s tropical forest or overlooking the Pacific Ocean – yoga retreats, meditation retreats, teaching training courses, workshops, spas. And, of course, a world-renowned Yoga Institute.

Yoga poses

Whether you are interested in the quick and powerful moves of Ashtanga yoga or the slower and more intense movements of Hatha yoga, we are sure that you will find that the white sand beaches, intense turquoise waters, lush tropical forests, and exuberant flora and fauna simply serve as a catalyst to connect with your inner self and find that soothing state of awareness many are looking for.

Marcela Valverde from Camino Travel is an experienced yoga teacher and knows the best places for yoga, zen and relaxation in Nosara and the rest of Costa Rica.

Contact Camino Travel at for more information or visit the Camino Travel website.

Nosara Sunset

Disconnect to reconnect at Sansara Surf & Yoga Resort in Panama

Pool at Sansara Surf & Yoga Retreat
Sansara pool

Our partners Panama Journeys have been researching places to switch off and unplug from technology.

Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy time away from technology and focus on wellness and relaxation. The resort is located in Cambutal on the Pacific Coast of the Azuero Peninsula.

Surfing in Cambutal, Panama

This intimate resort specializes in world class yoga retreats, surf sessions and other outdoor experiences, while you will be spending some time in an untouched, tropical oasis that promises to leave you feeling rested, rejuvenated and replenished.

Yoga class at Sansara Surf & Yoga retreat
Yoga at Sansara

The owners Janel and Mike are from Canada and share a mutual passion for the outdoors, surfing, yoga and Panama.

“We wanted to create a place that catered to all, and shared our passion and belief in a simpler, more organic lifestyle, where people can slow down, unplug, and escape their hectic lifestyles.

Sansara bedroom

We’re here to support guests by offering a safe, relaxing, and healthy environment to create a holiday experience unlike any other. With classes, local adventures, healthy cuisine, and beautiful accommodations, we hope our passion will rub off on our guests.

In this sanctuary you can disconnect, breathe, discover your needs and take the time to become the best version of yourself with the best yoga lessons, wellness advocates and meditation practices.”

The resort offers 12 private cabins with ocean view and is surrounded by exuberant flora that makes for a very relaxing stay.

Book a stay here combined with a tour to visit other beautiful locations in Panama through our partner Panama Journeys.

Contact for more information.

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