Finding Your Pura Vida

Discover what Costa Ricans’ favorite phrase means to you—whether you’re drawn to the country’s nature, adventure, beaches or pampering places. Pura Vida! This signature Costa Rican expression shows up in all kinds of dialogue—as a greeting, as a good-bye, as a response to “How are you?” In fact, given its variety of applications and interpretations, […]

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Puerto Vallarta: A Hot Spot for Art and Fine Dining

You may initially come to Puerto Vallarta for a beach escape, but its arts and dining scene will draw you back. Unlike other Mexican resort destinations, Puerto Vallarta is a living, breathing city with a population around 250,000 and cultural Old Town. Some 35,000 Canadian and American ex-pats live here, which has turned Puerto Vallarta […]

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Puerto Montt: The Heart of Chile’s Lake District

Ecologico snorted from the edge of his horse stall as Penny Detrisac leaned against his stall gate positioning herself to snap a photo of her husband Paul, hugging the friendly Chilean mare Encanto on the opposite side of the stable. Penny, from Niles, MI, jumped and laughed at the sound, enjoying the experience of visiting […]

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Panama: Perusing a Multi-Faceted Culture

Touching down in Panama for the first time, the vision of streets and buildings being hammered and shoveled into completion assaults your senses. Nearly every corner of Panama City appears to be under urgent construction. Famous for the legendary Panama Canal, this Central American boomtown has parlayed its position between two continents and transformed into […]

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Circling Cape Horn Fullfills Cruise Ship Passengers’ Dreams

Holland America’s ms Veendam sailed around Cape Horn on Dec. 8, 2012, the crossover point from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic at the tip of South America, a destination event sought by many of the cruise ship’s passengers. Most of the 1,200 guests aboard for a 17-day cruise travel adventure from Santiago, Chile to […]

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Enchanting Puerto Rico

Somewhere else in the world, it’s morning. But while casually strolling the worn cobblestone streets of Old San Juan on the island of Puerto Rico, I try to imagine another Caribbean destination with such warmth, appeal and diversity.The sun-drenched, cloudless sky almost matches the Alice-blue color of the Caribbean Sea. It offered me the promise […]

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