Tag Archives: Central America

Canaima Chill House Review: The BEST hotel in Santa Teresa

A woman walks on the beach in Costa Rica at sunset

Looking for a place to stay in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica? I’ve got you covered. In this Canaima Chill House review, you’ll discover why it’s the best hotel in Santa Teresa. I stayed at Cainama Chill House during my Costa Rica trip. It was the best place I stayed by a long shot. I’m writing […]

Montezuma Waterfall in Costa Rica: The ULTIMATE hiking guide

Montezuma Falls in Costa Rica

Picture this: A small beach village on the Pacific Coast. Towering, emerald-green mountains as a backdrop. A hike through the jungle along a roaring river. An 80-foot waterfall plunging into a crystal-clear swimming hole. This is what you’ll see when you hike to Montezuma Waterfall in Costa Rica. Montezuma Falls is one of the more […]

Rio Celeste Waterfall Hike in Costa Rica: A guide to visiting Parque Tenorio

Catarata Rio Celeste in Costa Rica's Tenorio Volcano National Park

Picture an impossibly blue river rushing through a dense green jungle. Toucans chirp in the trees above you; brightly colored lizards scamper across the trail at your feet. Suddenly the trees part and you see a 100-foot waterfall in front of you. This is the Rio Celeste waterfall hike in Tenorio Volcano National Park, Costa […]

Whale Watching in Costa Rica: Everything you need to know

Orca, seen while whale watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the world’s top whale watching destinations. It boasts a super-long humpback migration season, strong conservation mentality, and tremendous marine biodiversity. I’m not exaggerating when I say my experience whale watching in Costa Rica was one of the best wildlife encounters in all my travels. If you’d like to see whales […]

Things to do in Uvita, Costa Rica: Whale watching, waterfalls and more

Uvita is the best whale watching destination in Costa Rica

Tiny, off the beaten path Uvita is the Costa Rican beach town you’ve been searching for. Swaying palm trees, long stretches of sand, gorgeous sunsets, plenty of wildlife, and opportunities for adventure — Uvita has it all. Plus it has none of the hustle and bustle of more popular destinations like Manuel Antonio and the […]

Is Manuel Antonio worth visiting? Guide to Costa Rica’s most popular park

Capuchin on Manuel Antonio Beach in Costa Rica

At first glance, Manuel Antonio National Park seems like something out of a movie. Tropical jungle-fringed beaches with turquoise water. Sloths galore. Mangrove forests that protect some of the most biodiverse landscapes in the Americas. The question of “is Manuel Antonio worth visiting?” seems absurd on the surface. But then reality sets in. Costa Rica’s […]

Things to do in Drake Bay, Costa Rica: Osa Peninsula travel guide

Visiting the Osa Peninsula is one of the best things to do in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Drake Bay feels wild. Only reachable by boat or with a few rough river crossings, bordering Corcovado National Park, and minutes away from major whale migration routes, this village is the place to get in touch with nature on your Costa Rica vacation. It feels authentically Tico (Costa Rican), spared the package tourism and surfer mobs […]

Backpacking Costa Rica: The ULTIMATE budget Costa Rica travel guide

Rio Celeste is an essential stop when backpacking Costa Rica.

Backpacking Costa Rica: Top experiences Jungle trekking and wildlife watching in Corcovado National Park Whale watching on the southern Pacific coast Chasing waterfalls and impossibly blue rivers in Bijagua Waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys at the world’s most affordable jungle lodge in Uvita Trekking through dense cloud forest in the Monteverde area […]

30 before 30 travel bucket list: My top 30 travel experiences so far

This list of things to do before you turn 30 can help you plan your travels for years!

On Tuesday, I turned 30. I celebrated my birthday on the road through Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. As I’ve been spending a lot of time on buses staring out the window at the East African savanna, I’ve been reflecting on my first 30 years of travel. So I put together this list of […]

Why travel in Mexico is the best

Travel in Mexico is life-affirming

Mexico may neighbor the U.S., but it sure feels like another world. It’s colorful, friendly, and laid-back. At the same time, most of the country sees surprisingly few travelers — maybe because travel in Mexico has a (wildly undeserved) reputation for being dangerous.   The truth is, Mexico is possibly my favorite country in the […]