I didn’t know much about El Salvador before visiting this small yet incredibly culturally and naturally rich country. Arriving on Avianca at the Aeropuerto Internacional El Salvador after a non-crowded flight, I joined a small group of US journalists greeted by our tour guide, Moisés Flores, who spoke perfect English and was eager to share his […]
Costa Rica is often recognized for its beaches and wildlife, while its cuisine may seem like an afterthought. Yet adventurous eaters will discover the country’s culinary offerings are rich in history and flavor. In spring 2015, a National Plan for Sustainable and Healthy Costa Rican Gastronomy was launched as a recipe for promoting the use of […]
When travelers consider Guatemala, the first thing that might come to mind is an adventure travel destination. Images of zip lines, jungles, and beautiful ruins might play in the traveler’s consciousness. But instead, I’m here to offer another view of the country: its gastronomy.
Is Manuel Antonio worth visiting, or is it too touristy? Which beaches are the most beautiful? Should we go to the Osa or Nicoya Peninsula? Where should we go zip lining? Where can we see lots of wildlife? Those are just a few of the questions we had when planning our trip to Costa Rica. […]
“Pura vida!” we all shouted in unison as we lifted our paddles victoriously into the air after smashing through another rapid on Costa Rica’s renowned Pacuare River. The shout meant “pure life” and that’s exactly what a weeklong visit to Costa Rica provided in abundance.
Central America is alluring. Imagine untamed jungles, rugged mountains, and unspoiled beaches waiting to be explored. Latin American influences combined with Indian culture give it a colorful, rich flavor. Music, art, and food are a mélange of these influences. A six-day exploration of Belize and Guatemala was not adequate to experience all of its wonders, but it […]
Belize, a country of approximately 311,000 people, rests on the eastern coast of Central America. Northeast of Guatemala and south of Mexico, only 185 miles long and 75 miles wide, and formerly known as British Honduras, Belize gained its independence from Britain in 1981, making it the only English-speaking country in all of Central America. […]
What it is: Beef Carpaccio Where to find it: Hector’s, Antigua, Guatemala What it costs: 60Q (approximately $7.70 US) Why you want it: During my recent trip to Antigua, my friend Cesar, who owns the nearby Holistico Hostal, took me to Hector’s on the day I arrived. The cafe is small and casual, tucked away […]
Costa Rica is just not an amazingly beautiful country, it is the happiest and “greenest” country in the world. Everywhere you look it’s green. Everyone is always smiling. Costa Rica is “Pura Vida,” which means “pure life”, two words that I heard everywhere I went. Instead of asking me how I was, people would ask […]