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Costa Rica National Park, Wildlife Refuge, And Biological Reserve Entrance Fees Set To Increase. Here’s How Much A Visit To Each Will Cost.
Attention all travellers! Costa Rica’s national park, wildlife refuge, and biological reserve entrance fees are set to increase on August 1st, 2014 (thanks to decreto Nº 38295 published at the end of April earlier this year). Here’s what you need to know about the price increase.
Ricky – Carara National Park
1. Entrance fee increases apply to everyone.
The entrance fee increase means that each and every traveller (regardless of whether they opt to tour a protected land site on their own or with a guide) will be required to pay the current fee. For those who choose to visit a protected land site with a guide, unless the tour operator wishes to absorb the cost of the increased entrance fee on behalf of each traveller, it is likely that the cost of organized tours will increase too.
Nikki – Poas Volcano National Park
2. Very little change has been made to the operation of entrance…
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Our group of seven placed a high priority on relaxation while in Zanzibar, but we’re flexible, and we made an exception. How about a trip to the Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park to see the Kirk’s Red Colobus monkeys? The Kirk’s Red Colobus are an endemic and endangered species existing only in Zanzibar.
Saleem, our guide, explained that three species of monkeys can be seen on Zanzibar and two of those are found in this park.
We’ve visited National Parks for animal viewing and often came away empty-handed. In the early morning, Jozani’s monkeys were active and easily seen.
After observing the monkeys, we moved on to other sights in the park. We walked through mahogany forests, watched 6-inch long millipedes as they scurried down trees, discovered flowers we’d never seen before, and strolled an observation boardwalk at the mangrove swamp.
When we had planned to visit Jozani, we had…
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Aurora Borealis, fire and ice, Hestar, horses, Iceland, Icelandic horses, Kjóastaðir, riding, tölt
I had only two days at Kjóastaðir, where approximately 20 riders overnighted a few yards from the horse barn and paddocks. Huddled in the bunk house, visions of ponies and Aurora Borealis danced before our jet-lagged eyes. (On the second night, we were rewarded with a small taste of green phantoms pirouetting across the starry night sky. And yes, I did crawl out of my nice warm bed, grabbed my camera & tripod, and dashed into eye-watering cold to record the green ephemera, but my results were embarrassing.)The dining room resides, appropriately enough, inside the main barn. The view from the picture window in the dining room opens onto a view of dining horses. On the first morning, our guide, Meike, encouraged us to eat hearty. She recommended large portions of porridge topped with Skyr. The porridge was surprisingly tasty and she was right, it held me through…
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Croatia, Dalmatian Coast, hiking, Mosor, Split, things to do in Split, travel
Washington is light grey. Boston is brick-red. Bangkok is a kaleidoscope of bright colors – at least in the older park of the city.
We stayed in the old city and visited wats, night markets, small shops, and little cafes. The colors of Bangkok in the old city were inspiring. We avoided the “new” skyscraper and mega-shopping mall part of town except to catch the skytrain.
We took hundreds of photos and noticed a theme emerging: the colors became the subject of the photos rather than the buildings themselves.
It isn’t uncommon for wealthy travelers to visit economically struggling countries without ever interacting with the extreme poverty its citizens undergo on a daily basis. So a five-star South African resort decided to remedy this rich-kid travel ailment by creating something that is about 500 times worse than… let’s call it idealistic ignorance.
Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa created a fake shanty town so that its wealthy clientele can pretend to slum it “within the safe environment of a private game reserve.”
But don’t worry, even though the “Shanty Town” has intricately designed, colorful iron shacks, outdoor bathrooms, and battery operated radios, things aren’t too realistic for comfort. “This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!” its website boasts.
And it’s also listed as ideal for team building exercises or theme parties. Because nothing is more festive than pretending to pinch pennies…
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