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Central America- Where I've Been

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Maderas, Nicaragua
You may not know it, but in the middle of Lake Nicaragua – a lake that makes Lake Tahoe seem like a swimming pool, lies the magical island of Ometepe. It’s home to not one, but two volcanoes, a seemingly endless shoreline and a plethora of organic...
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Granada, Nicaragua
This particularly hot January afternoon we decided to take the regularly scheduled ferry from Jicaro Island Ecolodge into the town of Granada to do some exploring. Without a real plan in mind, we wandered through the central square, inevitably...
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Granada, Nicaragua
As the soft evening light shines upon the bell, located in the clock tower of the prominent Church Merced which rings on the hour, one looks out over the Cathedral on the plaza and beyond to the shores of the Lake Cocibolca. To speak of Granada is...
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Av El Progreso, Masaya, Nicaragua
In Perú, I'd spotted a chess with Spaniard and Inca as opposing sides; I didn't have the cash on hand and couldn't get it, though. Then, a few years later, visiting the handicrafts market in Masaya, Nicaragua, I saw another set--no Inca history in...
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Despite the restaurant's name, you don't come here for the moon, you come here for the sun(set). After my first visit to Costa Rica in May 2003 my efforts to view the sunset were thwarted by the torrential downpours that define rainy season in...
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Central America
Driving out from Corozalito to La Fortuna our tour the guide said look over there…”those are Howler monkeys!” At first our reaction was “where?” and “I can’t see it.” So, we made the bus driver stop and open the doors of the bus, and we all filed...
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Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
On my recent road trip through the provinces of Costa Rica, one of our stops was the Monteverde - Santa Elena cloud forest reserves in the province of Guanacaste. One of the most popular activities here is zip lining as you get to zip through and...
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Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
These butterfly gardens were wonderful! While they are great for kids and those who are less able to hike in the cloud forest preserve like my grandparents, they can be enjoyed by all. The gardens allow all who visit a close encounter with the...
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Provincia de Puntarenas, Monte Verde, Costa Rica
If you are in Costa Rica looking to do zip lining and have an adventurous spirit, I recommend the company Extremo Canopy in Monteverde. The adventure includes 11 platforms, 1 repel line, 1 Tarzan Swing, and a Superman line 1 KM in length. It costs...
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Alajuela Province, El Castillo, Costa Rica
What an incredible project! I remember geodesic domes from the 1970's in Boulder, CO. So it was amazing to be a part of the building of one in this day--how they are still important & useful structures. Plus it looks so cool!
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Alajuela Province, La Fortuna, Costa Rica
With Volcan Arenal nearby La Fortuna has several hot springs perfect for relaxing those tired muscles of yours after a day of hiking. There are a handful of options including ritzy all inclusive spa resorts but when my friend and I were traveling...