El Salvador: The Heart of Central America

Monument dedicated to the end of Spanish rule in Central America

Monument dedicated to the end of Spanish rule in Central America

I didn’t know much about El Salvador before visiting this small yet incredibly culturally and naturally rich country. Arriving on Avianca at the Aeropuerto Internacional El Salvador after a non-crowded flight, I joined a small group of US journalists greeted by our tour guide, Moisés Flores, who spoke perfect English and was eager to share his wealth of knowledge and his love for the country we were about to explore.

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Getting a Taste of Costa Rica’s Gastronomy

Gallo Pinto dish at Chateau 1525

Gallo Pinto dish at Chateau 1525

Costa Rica is often recognized for its beaches and wildlife, while its cuisine may seem like an afterthought. Yet adventurous eaters will discover the country’s culinary offerings are rich in history and flavor. In spring 2015, a National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Costa Rican Gastronomy was launched as a recipe for promoting the use of native plants and ingredients in restaurants—for economic, environmental, and personal health benefits—and encouraging pride in what Costa Rica can bring to the global table.

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An Introductory Tour of Guatemalan Cuisine

Dining tables at Hotel Casa Santa Domingo

Dining tables at Hotel Casa Santa Domingo

When travelers consider Guatemala, the first thing that might come to mind is an adventure travel destination. Images of zip lines, jungles, and beautiful ruins might play in the traveler’s consciousness. But instead, I’m here to offer another view of the country: its gastronomy.

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Found in Costa Rica: Paradise, Two-Toed Sloths, and a Tarzan Swing

Kura’s private beach

Kura’s private beach

Is Manuel Antonio worth visiting, or is it too touristy? Which beaches are the most beautiful? Should we go to the Osa or Nicoya Peninsula? Where should we go zip lining? Where can we see lots of wildlife? Those are just a few of the questions we had when planning our trip to Costa Rica. Just in time to save us from a few missteps, Rob Harper at Namu Travel Group helped us answer them all. With his expert, enthusiastic advice, we set off on a nine-day tour of Costa Rica to see what this pura vida thing is all about.

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Eco Adventure at its Best in Costa Rica

The volcano Arenal, one of the world’s most beautiful peaks

The volcano Arenal, one of the world’s most beautiful peaks

“Pura vida!” we all shouted in unison as we lifted our paddles victoriously into the air after smashing through another rapid on Costa Rica’s renowned Pacuare River. The shout meant “pure life” and that’s exactly what a weeklong visit to Costa Rica provided in abundance.

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