Funny quiz: Test your knowledge about our creepy crawlers!

Costa Rica was the first country to realize the value of its biodiversity for the planet, and its economy has been converted into a green economy, promoting eco-tourism. As such, the butterfly garden of Monteverde aims at educating the public about the fascinating world of insects before admiring butterflies in four different gardens representing different climates.

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Staying at an organic eco-lodge in Panama

“Mamallena 3 km”, reads the sign at the crossing where we have just been dropped off by the mini-bus close to El Valle, Panama. The hilly road we follow winds along fields, providing us with superb vistas on ancient inactive volcanos. Heavily geared up with our backpacks, it is quite a hike before we see a colourful sign indicating that we must be getting closer. A few dogs come running towards us, wanking their tails: we have just arrived at Mamallena eco-lodge, passionately run by Brandon and Will. Keep reading

How Panama changed the world

The colourful roof of Panama’s Biomuseo designed by the world-famous architect Frank Gehry rises above the horizon of the Amador Causeway. Located along the entrance of the Panama Canal, the causeway used to be owned by the USA and was left barren after Panama regained its territory on 31 December 1999. Frank Gehry’s Panamanian wife took part in the discussions about what to do with the land, and soon crucial decisions were made to build the extravagant Biomuseo. Keep reading

Photo of the day: leafcutter ants

Leafcutter ants are endemic to South and Central America, and are ever-present in nature there. There is not only one type of leafcutter ants, but Keep reading

The dream tour for a chocolate addict!

The Bocas del Toro archipelago in Panama is world-renowned for its stunning beaches, islands, surfing and snorkelling spots. And there is one more reason to go to Bocas: the mountainous forests on the mainland by the harbour town of El Almirante are home to one of the best organic cacao producers in the world! Keep reading

The best ice-creams of Central America!

About 32°C and a bright sun, walking the streets of Panama City. I would kill for an ice-cream! But I must admit that the traditional Central American ice-creams sold in the streets, consisting of grated ice in a plastic cup topped off with a chemical colorant, or the industrial ones packed with sugar are really not tempting to me. That is precisely when I remember my discussion with Maria from Café Ruiz in Boquete and the fact that she supplies a high-end ice-cream store in Casco Viejo, the charming neighbourhood of the capital… Keep reading

Photo of the day: the smiling parrotfish in Glover’s reef, Belize

In a constant movement, I slowly kick my fins up and down. I breath regularly through my snorkel and with my hands on my back and face down, pretend that I am flying. I observe a wide variety of coral reef, passing by underneath me as I slowly proceed through the warm and clear tropical waters of the Carribean sea in the Marine protected area of Glover’s reef.

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Casco Viejo’s booming nightlife, Panama City

After three months on the road through Central America, crossing the bridge of the Americas, we arrive in Panama City, our last stop before flying back home. It is by far the most modern and vibrant capital of the eight countries we have visited during this trip: its modern skyscrapers, architectural landmarks, and well maintained parks show its prosperity, mainly due to the business revolving around the canal. When the sun sets on the Pacific ocean, lights colour the skyline, fancy cars take the streets, and dressed-up locals make their way to Casco Viejo, the old quarter of Panama City where its booming nightlife is about to start.

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Photo of the day: colourful hummingbird taking a break

You can hear them hovering past your ear, maneuvering acrobatically  into all directions and when you spot them they are already on the next flower: the hummingbird is one of a kind.

All over Central America these beautiful birds can be seen, feeding themselves on the nectar of flowers with their characteristic long beak and tongue. Close to the entrance of the Monte Verde cloud forest of Costa Rica, one can observe these colibris more closely in the hummingbird garden.

 

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