Travel guide: reggae time in Puerto Viejo

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In Costa Rica, close to the Panama border on the Caribbean coast, you will find Puerto Viejo. This laid back town with Caribbean feel is still overlooked by most tourists, but make sure you visit it now before it becomes “too” popular in the future. Puerto Viejo still offers some of Costa Rica’s best beaches, reggae beats and a unique culture of both Afro-Caribbean and indigenous people. There are surf breaks for beginners and more experienced wave catchers. Even animal shelters where you can volunteer or simply pay a guided visit have been started. Nice restaurants, good street food and fun party places, it has it all. Even diving is an activity you can do here certain months a year. Are you up for some reggae time in Puerto Viejo?

A travel guide to Puerto Viejo
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From Mexico to Bocas del Toro, Panama with a pit stop in Costa Rica

Greetings from below sea-level! #Panama #diving

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Tomorrow our IDC (PADI’s Instructor Development Course) was supposed to start. Here, at Playa del Carmen – Mexico, things didn’t go as planned, so we have to make a decision.
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A Travel Guide with Tips on how to explore Panama

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Photo by Thom Mattsson

Panama Travel Guide

As I enjoy sharing my travel experiences for those who need inspiration or even motivation I now created my first travel guide. Today, we’re going to have a look at traveling through Panama! I spend 2 weeks in Panama alone in the spring of 2014 and another 4 weeks with my boyfriend in the spring of 2016.
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Travel guide: the island life in Bocas del Toro

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If you’re traveling to Panama and looking for the Caribbean reggae vibe you cannot miss out on a visit to Bocas del Toro. Think sandy beaches, crystal clear water, surfing and diving, good food and happy people.
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Travel guide: surfing, diving and relaxing in Santa Catalina

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Isla de Coiba

A little hidden paradise for surfers, while it is also the best place to go to if you want to access the island of Coiba for its great dive spots and beautiful flora and fauna.

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[Journal] A few days in Paradise at Kuna Yala

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I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew I wanted to go there. Being there meant that I could finally understand the lyrics of an old Dutch children’s song from “kinderen voor kinderen” called op een onbewoond eiland. They sing about life on a uninhabited island and it’s one of my favorites kids songs. Now a dream was coming true.
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Travel guide: a piece of paradise just for you at the San Blas islands

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Picture this: white sandy beaches with coconut palm trees offering shade throughout the island, huts made of tree branches covered by palm leaves with a bed standing on a sandy floor, and you’ll most likely only have about 20 other tourists on the San Blas island you’re staying on beside the few local Kuna families who live there.
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5 great party hostels in Central America

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great party hostels in Central America

Ah… My sweet Central America. First there’s the beach to waste the entire day at or the adventurous activities to maintain your adrenaline with. Then there’s the food – absolutely delicious. And finally, the party hostels to keep you up all night. So when do you sleep? On your flight back home after you’ve entirely fallen in love with the last country you visited and wish you didn’t book that flight at all. But before all that happens, make sure you have some fun at these party hostels in Central America.
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Photos from 7 months in Latin America

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Latin America is enormous and you can easily spend over half a year to explore the surroundings. After I graduated for my tourism degree I wandered around for 7 months, starting in Argentina and finishing in Mexico, and I brought my camera to capture the wonderful views.
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Indulging in secret hot springs

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After a long time traveling you kind of run out of money… but well, luckily there’s also a lot of free stuff! I always get to the point that I’m extremely happy to be traveling and even though the backpack might hurt my back after a while, I’m so happy that I don’t even feel the ‘travel-muscle pain’ anymore. However, getting to a hostel with a really good hot shower or finding a jacuzzi does seem to please my back every single time.
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Adventurous canyoneering in Costa Rica

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Steady…. and go!

Canyoneering. Does it ring a bell?

When I first heard these words all kinds of ideas went through my mind of what it could possibly be. Could it be climbing through a canyon? Maybe attached to a cord and perhaps it involves jumping? Well, something with a canyon at least.

Okay, so then what is canyoneering?

The combination of finding yourself exploring a canyon in the jungle and abseiling through waterfalls is what makes canyoneering. Not something you’d probably be able to do right now if you live in a city, but you actually can do it if you’re in Costa Rica! And it’s very much worth it to get this experience!

I went to Arenal and put my name on the list of some adventurous activities of which canyoneering (also known as canyoning) is one!

What I did not expect is that the canyoneering I was going for really had to do with jumping off a waterfall… Whoo-hoo! Sounds awesome! Here we go!
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Hotspot: Budda Cafe in Tortuguero

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In the center of Tortuguero village there are a couple of restaurants, most of them with local food. Since I can’t see anymore rice and beans on my plate I started browsing through the little harbor town for something a bit more, well let’s say, European.
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Chichicaste-what?

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Jep. That’s how my fellow travelers responded when I told them to go Chichicastenango for a Guatemalan market. “What and where is Chichicastenango?!” Let me make you hungry for a cultural day at this colorful place.
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My 5 Favorite things to do in Guatemala

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Look up the following words on Google: Guatemala safety traveling. You only found horrifying links right? Well, I do not agree with any of those. I just spent two weeks crossing Guatemala and I am truly in love with the beauty of Guatemalan people, nature and traditions.

Here are my 5 favorite things I did in this Mayan country.
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