5 magical waterfalls in Costa Rica you should visit

Costa Rica is one of the most famous places to visit because of its beautiful beaches. However, there are some magical places that not everyone thinks about first when planning vacations in Costa Rica: waterfalls. 

Here are our picks for your next trip to Costa  Rica:

La Paz

La Paz is probably the most accessible waterfall in Costa Rica. Just 60 mins ago from Juan Santamaría National Airport and 90 min from San José, this is the perfect place to share a beautiful day with family and friends surrounded by nature.

There you will walk through 3 great waterfalls and a wildlife refuge where you can find wild cats, birds, snakes and a lot of other wild animals.

Rio Celeste

 

Rio Celeste is a physics miracle you must see if you visit Costa Rica. The union of two rivers causes a physics phenomenon that colors the water with a bright turquoise tint. 

The park is about three and a half hours but the beauty of this place and the other attractions near Rios Celeste makes the experience worth it. 

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Nauyaca

Located near Dominical beach, Nauyaca is one of the most famous places for adventurous people nowadays. You can reach the waterfalls by walking, horseback riding or on a truck. 

Nauyaca has two gigantic waterfalls where you can take that amazing photo you need for your instagram feed or having a bath in the cold waters of the second waterfall. 

Llanos de Cortes

Llanos de Cortes is a perfect place to go with family. Located in Guanacaste, this waterfall is super accessible and has a huge pool with a shallow pool. 

Llanos de Cortes is the oasis you need in the middle of Guanacaste high temperatures.

Del Toro

Del Toro is one of the highest waterfalls in Costa Rica, with more than 270 feet over an extinct volcanic crater. 

This amazing place is just a couple of hours away from San José, the best way to reach it is by car and near you can also find trails and a hummingbird garden.

Have you already visited Costa Rica? Let us know if you have another recommendation below in the comments.

4 places you can’t miss out in Orlando

Orlando is well known for being a great place to visit in the United States. While many people think of Orlando as only a family destination, here are some of the alternative places you can’t miss there.

Kennedy Space Center

 The Kennedy Space Center is the perfect place to visit with your family because of the wide variety of educational Exhibits, Attractions & Shows. 

There you would find a lot of activities such as interactive projections, the rare opportunity to chat with former NASA astronauts and see the largest collection in space travel memorabilia.

Orlando Museum of illusions

 

The Museum of Illusions in Orlando is a brand new place to visit, that offers you more than 50 visual illusion attractions that prove that what we see is not always the truth.

Infinity rooms, reverse gravity rooms, miniature rooms and much more are waiting for you and your group. You won’t believe your eyes!

Aquatica 

If you like water parks, Aquatica is the place you can’t miss when you visit Orlando. There you could find high speed water slides, wave pools and a lot of water rides.

Aquatica is a perfect place to visit with family but you won’t regret it if you visit it with a group of friends too.

The Everglades

If you like outside and wildlife tours, the most famous swamps in the world are waiting for you. 

In the Everglades you can take airboat tours to go birdwatching and see a lot of different animals such as alligators, manatees and more.

Do you know other places that must be in this list? Feel free to comment below.

5 incredible National Parks to visit in California

If you’re a nature lover and also like hiking, California is one of the first places you should have in mind when you plan your trip to the United States. Let us give you 5 beautiful reasons:

Yosemite National Park

With more than 3000 square kilometers, Yosemite is one of the greatest reserves of the national parks system.  There you can see the biggest redwoods in America and visit the beautiful granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, carved by massive glaciers around three million years ago.

Also, if you’re a fan of adventure, you would be able to practice hiking, rafting, rock climbing and wildlife watching.

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is probably one of the more famous parks in the USA. Named after the magnificent trees that abound in there.

There, you would be mesmerised by the shiny rock formations and the beautiful sky. Also, because of the lack of light pollution, you can see the Milky Way, as you haven’t seen it before.

This park is 125 miles from Los Angeles and offers you about 10 campsites where you can experience the adventure of your lifetime. 

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Death Valley National Park

This desert is well known for its high temperatures that makes life almost impossible but, if you visit it in winter or spring, we are sure you will love it.

This place was known for the presence of gold, which attracted many people in 1800 but nowadays, is famous for its vibrant colors and a wide variety of wildlife.

Devils Postpile National Monument

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain, this beautiful land is famous for its huge columns of basalt rock, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. 

The geography of Devils Postpile makes it a great place for a hiking adventure, attracting hundreds of hikers per year, looking for the 100 foot Rainbow Waterfalls and the Mammoth Lakes.

In summer, you will also find festivals and many people looking for a nice place to practice swimming.

Channel Islands National Park

Also known as the “America´s Galapagos”, this park is a group of 5 islands located along the coast of Santa Barbara. 

Channel Islands is the home of more than 2000 species of flora and fauna, 150 of them only found there. 

In summer, you can watch dolphins and humpback and blue whales. Autumn there, is famous for kayaking and diving tours.

Do you know a national park that we missed? Feel free to comment below!

4 places to visit in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale awaits you in the state of Florida with its famous beaches, canals and shopping centers for you to have the best vacations of this summer. 

In this post we’ll tell you 5 places that you cannot miss out when visiting this beautiful city.

NSU Art Musem

If art is your thing, when you visit Fort Lauderdale, you can’t miss the NSU Art Museum. Located on Las Olas Boulevard in a 75,000-square-foot modernist building, NSU is the ideal place to visit famous collections of modern art.

Founded in 1958, the goal of this museum is to provide opportunities to access the highest level of diverse artistic expressions and dynamic visual education programs.

Sawgrass Mills

What would a trip to Florida be without a day of shopping?

As we know that you love to seize promotions on best brands and designers, we recommend you save a full day to visit Sawgrass Mills, the largest outlet in the United States, where you can find more than 350 stores with prices that you won’t see anywhere else.

Billie Swamp Safari

Florida is a wildlife paradise and Billie Swamp Safari will make sure you and your family enjoy it to the fullest.

In this huge resort you can tour the swamps in a buggy, meet the lands and learn about the traditions of the Seminole tribe of Florida. You can also take airboat tours through 2,200 acres in the Everglades and observe a wide variety of alligators, snakes and birds.

Escapology Fort Lauderdale

Escapology is a worldwide Escape Rooms franchise, well known for its intricate and well-designed escape games. In Fort Lauderdale you can find one of its most famous venues.

Located on Beach Boulevard, in Escapology Fort Lauderdale you can join up to 7 friends to find clues, solve puzzles and open the final door. Will you have what it takes to escape?

If you already know Fort Lauderdale, or know about any other attraction that you can recommend, leave your comments below!

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4 things to do in Aruba

Aruba is a small island of the Dutch Caribbean, located in front of the Venezuelan coasts. With dry weather, clear and quiet beaches and dutch architecture, it’s the perfect place to go on a dreamy vacation.

If you want to know what to do in this paradise, you should continue reading.

Submarine tours 

What’s the best way to enjoy a beach paradise? Being under the sea, for sure.

There are two submarine and semi-submarine tours that you can book. Aruba Atlantis and Seaworld Explorer are experiences where you can be underwater and appreciate the marvelous coral formations and a vast diversity of sea creatures. 

Both tours are 1 to 2 hours long and it’s guaranteed that you will have the time of your life.

ATV tours

Aruba is a perfect place to drive a ATV along the coast. There are a lot of options to experience this adventure.

If you want to take one of these tours, you would be able to drive by beaches, cliffs and caves.

Also, some of these tours include other adventures such as snorkeling, parasailing and cave swimming.

Arirok National Park

If you love minerals and nature, you should definitely visit the Arirok National Park, a preserved area that takes more than the 18% of Aruba.

There you will find great lava and other mineral formations and the home of various autochthonous animal species as birds and snakes.

Also, if you visit Arirok on a 4X4 vehicle, you can reach the Conchi natural pool, a beautiful rock formation with the shape of a pool by the beach. 

Palm Beach

Palm Beach is probably the most famous beach in Aruba, and it’s totally worth it.

With clear waters in many shades of blue, this is the best place to sit, have a cocktail and wait for all your problems to fade away.

If you are feeling adventurous, you can also go swimming, surfing or scuba diving, but if you are more of a city person, first class stores and amazing clubs are waiting for you.

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5 apps for road trips

Waze is a very useful application for road trips but, believe it or not, it is not the only one.

Wave app

Traveling is one of the best experiences to unplug from the “real world” and the routine. However, our families can become concerned if we are unavailable for too long.

Wave App allows your loved ones to check on the status of your trip, in real-time location, without having to call you every 30 minutes. Therefore, you can enjoy those moments of disconnection while your family stays calm at home.

MyCar locator

Everybody has forgotten where they parked their vehicle, at least once. It seems like a simple task, but it has happened to many of us. 

This application allows you to record the position of your car using GPS, so you will never forget where you parked to go climb a mountain or surf for a while.

Sygic

A road trip is much more than knowing the route you are driving by, and Sygic knows this very well.

Sygic, not only helps you with the route, but also provides you with relevant information such as: real-time traffic data, location of speed cameras and even the prices of gas stations on the way to help you fill your tank for less money.

If you travel alone, Sygic is your ideal companion.

TripAdvisor

This app is not exactly for driving, but it will be very useful for you, no doubt.

TripAdvisor is one of the largest review guides on the web. With reviews of restaurants, hotels and other businesses, this application will allow you to know the experience of millions of users previously, so that you can make more informed decisions.

Spotify

What would a road trip be like without a great playlist?

It is true that almost everybody has Spotify on their mobile nowadays but, if you don’t, you should download it and make sure you save and download your favorite playlists. This way, you ensure that on your trip there will not be a single gap in the telephone signal that separates you from your favorite artists.

In Economy, we have created a variety of playlists for all those road trips, click here to check them out. 

What other applications would you recommend to other travelers like you? Tell us in the comments

USA: 5 road trips for spring time

Joshua Tree National Park, California

With more than 70 miles, this road is a great option to enjoy panoramic views, climb rocks and mountains and watch a wide variety of flora, including the famous Joshua Trees that your instagram followers will love.

In this park you will also find picnic tables and areas where you can share a meal with your family or friends while admiring the magnificent Mojave Desert.

Phoenix to Flagstaff, Arizona

It is well known that Phoenix is one of the best cities to enjoy Spring. This route is the living proof of that.

If you take this road trip, you will enjoy the Montezuma Castle National Park, home of the Sinagua people, the Red Rock Scenic Byway, 7 miles of sandstone red rocks and the Slide Rock State Park. 

The perfect final is Flagstaff, where you will find the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forest.

San Antonio to Austin, Texas

This road trip is a time travel of about 80 miles of nature scenery.

From San Antonio to Austin you will find a few special places such as the town of Bandera, once known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Fredericksburg, a Texas town with German origins that has a lot of restaurants and wineries to enjoy. 

In the nature department, you will have the opportunity to experience the Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, with their pink granite and rock formations and the Pedernales Falls State Park. 

Finally, in Austin you can live their exciting nightlife since it is well known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Not in vain, the Grand Canyon National Park is the second most visited park in the United States. With 277 miles long and 1000 miles of road trip, the possibilities are endless.

You can make your own route, make as many stops as you want, appreciate the beauty of one of the most famous Parks in the whole world and, of course, take that picture your friends will envy forever.

The Florida Keys, Florida

We promise that driving through the Overseas Highway will be one of your best experiences on wheels. 

This highway take you all over the Florida Keys, traveling 113 miles and crossing over 40 bridges, including the Seven Mile Bridge, the longest one. There you will experience magical views through green-blue waters. 

Algo, you can dive and snorkeling in colorful coral reefs in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

Do you know other road trips our readers should try? Feel free to comment below:

4 destinations for coffee lovers

Are you a coffee lover? Can not start your day without a steaming cup of that delicious beverage? If you are, you can’t miss this article.

How far your love for coffee would go? We recommend you 4 destinations to keep in mind the next time you plan a trip:

Costa Rica

Beside its beaches and forests, Costa Rica is well known for the perfect weather and strong tradition of coffee. 

If you visit this small country in Central America, you would find a lot of coffee tours and shops where not only you would have the chance to drink or buy excellent coffee, you will also learn about coffee plantations, recollection and all the process that the “golden grain” went through before it came to your cup.

Colombia

Colombia is a cultural and gastronomic world power, their cult to coffee is one of the strongest evidence.

With almost 1000 square miles, the colombian coffee growing axis is one of the biggest lands dedicated to this plant. There, you can meet the coffee plantations, visit ecotourism projects or even practice extreme sports.

México

México is a great cultural destination. If you have visited it, you know that one trip is never enough. 

If you love coffee, Chiapas is a great option to travel. In the city of Tapachula, you can visit The Coffee route, an alternative tourism project where you would meet coffee plantations, beautiful cascades and amazing mountains.

Guatemala

Last but not least, there is the Ecological Coffee Route, in Atitlán.  

Located in the south of the Guatemalan Highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range, you will find a group of small towns dedicated to farm coffee. There, you can learn about coffee, visit the plantations and meet the farmers who dedicate their life to bring you one of the best coffees in Latin America.

Well, if you love coffee and want to travel, you have no excuses left! 

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How to be a tourist in your own city

COVID-19 has turned our worlds upside down, even more if you love to travel. That’s why we want to give you some advice on being a tourist in your own city. 

Avoid your everyday ways to move

If you are used to driving, take the bus! If you normally walk, rent a car! Sometimes, the best way to experience  new things is to push your way out of your comfort zones.

Try those touristy experiences you’ve never imagine to try

Book a small hostel a couple of miles from your home and have a drink with the travelers there, take dinner at a traditional place you never visited before, book that city tour you always see on your streets. You will never know what your city can offer to you if you never try it. 

Be a tour guide

Sometimes, the best way to know your city is through someone else’s eyes. You can play a tour guide for your foreign friends, or even friends from another city or state. Make a list of places you like or what you think they would  like, search for their history, maybe in the middle of your research you will discover magical places you didn’t have a clue that existed.

Food first

It is well known that food is one of the easiest ways to our hearts. If you don’t know places to go, start by looking for places to eat. Gastronomy is a good approach to any culture.

Look for popular instagram spots

Some people don’t know but instagram can give you lots of recommendations. Start by looking for your city, search for hashtags or even that cute picture a friend of you has. There are many clues of awesome places you can visit.

Would you give us any other advice? Feel free to comment below! 

5 healthy snack ideas for your next adventure

Whether you’re going for a beach or hiking day, it’s good for you to bring your own snacks. In this article we’re going to tell why and provide with ideas for the snacks of your next adventure.

Preparing and packing your own snacks may help you to save money and to keep up with your diet or your lifestyle. Remember that traveling requires a lot of planning for all to go the best way possible. Check out these tips to take care of your health on your next trip.

Let’s go with ideas for your next adventure!

1. Veggies and Fruits

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You can take them chopped in cups or as smoothies:

  • Cauliflower florets
  • Broccoli florets
  • Baby carrots
  • Snap peas
  • Celery sticks
  • Radishes
  • Cherries
  • Clementines
  • Apples

2. Lemon Basil Hummus

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Ingredients

  • 2 15.5 oz cans chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained, juice reserved
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Take a look how to prepare hummus.

3. Cheese Popcorn

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Ingredients

  • 1 full-size bag microwave popcorn (alternatively, you can use 1/2 cup of whole kernels on the stove to make your popcorn)
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 6 tablespoons butter (melted)

4. Oven-Dried Sweet Potato Chips

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Ingredients

  • Two large sweet potatoes
  • Salt and pepper
  • Spices.

5. Vegan Wraps

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Ingredients

  • 1 flour tortilla
  • 3 tablespoons of hummus
  • 1/4 avocado (sliced thin)
  • 1/3 cup alfalfa sprouts (or a few leaves of green lettuce or both)
  • 2 to 4 tomato slices
  • Cucumber slices

What’s your favorite travel snack? Let us know!