While you may not have tried zip lining yourself, we thought it would be fun to share a few facts about this fun adventure sport you may one day wish to try.Our expertise and resources give you an insider’s view on your Costa Rica vacation with exclusive benefits you cannot obtain on your own.
Ziplines are now common for many different occasions including family backyard get-togethers to entertain the little ones, as fundraisers, and even large birthday celebrations. In fact, some people have built mini ziplines in their back yards!
So, how long have ziplines actually been around? While there’s not much historical record of when the first zip line came along, there is ample evidence that people living in mountainous regions – particularly the Himalayas and the Alps strung up zip lines quite early in their culture to both traverse dangerous country and to receive and carry supplies more efficiently.
Nestled in a valley and encircled by impressive mountains, Oaxaca is a beautiful colonial city that is as charming as it is culturally fascinating.
Cobblestone streets combine with brightly colored buildings that are lit by bright sunshine and blue skies over 300 days of the year, making this city a popular destination for photographers, writers, and artists, who get lost in its allure.
Let it be known, however, that Oaxaca is not merely a pretty face, it is also a culturally rich city, bursting with things to tickle the cultural senses. Sixteen different indigenous languages are spoken in the state and this cultural diversity is also reflected in the huge variety of textiles and handicrafts on offer in Oaxaca. A plethora of villages dot the roads out of the city, each producing different handicrafts from pottery and weaving to carving and metal work. There is something for every taste and the artisans are proud to show visitors how they make their crafts; their incredible talent making their work seem effortless.
Escape the boring wine list and jump in line fast for a chance to preview the year’s First Sip from Plantaže! This Euro trip will be at the top of your wine touring list for years to come, as this large, award-winning vintner produces exceptional wines (both red and white) and has a few very special preview tastes available nowhere else on Earth.
(The fact that the beaches are amazing is, of course, secondary.)
The Plantaže vineyards are extensive – amongst the largest in Europe – and extremely productive, yielding some of the largest exports in the region. Perched at almost the same latitude as Rome, Plantaže is in the heart of Montenegro, a short hop east of Italy and a stone’s throw (a few miles) from the sea. Some top destination beaches (well-reviewed and tourist-friendly) abound at nearby destinations like Herceg Novi and several beachy sweet-spots in and around Budva.
A perfectly balanced hot spring, in terms of temperature, volume and mineral content (low sulfur and odor). Five main springs of highly mineralized water heated underground by the earth’s molten core emanate naturally ever minute and thousands of gallons of this perfect thermal water flows throughout the resort, forming the Tabacon River. The underground streams of the Tabacon River are enriched mineral water hot springs which are reputed to have a number of therapeutic benefits. Minerals transfer from the water to the skin and bloodstream via osmosis. Cultures all over the globe turn to natural mineral-rich waters to treat a wide array of concerns. From sinus issues, muscle and joint pain to cosmetic (skin clarity, psoriasis). Soaking in hot springs increases your blood flow, circulation, metabolism, and absorption of essential minerals. Sounds awesome so far, but wait—there’s more!
There is something for everybody in Montenegro’s July calendar; the abundant schedule keeps going into August and September without stopping and touches on subjects from fun, theater and music to science, culture and architecture.
June 28 – August 13
The Old Town (Stari Grad) The Kotor Art festival is a long-running event of national importance composed of several parts.
More than 100 events are lined up, often taking place in churches and varied concert venues; more than 20 venues in all.
A central feature of the festival is Kotor’s Festival of Theater for Children. In addition to music and performances, the festival even includes an architectural conference and workshop plus a three-day festival of philosophy! The Philosopher’s Square event (July 24th – 27th) will focus this year on “Apocalypse Now” in various formats.
Costa Rica produces less than 1% of the world’s coffee, yet Starbucks went out of their collective way to set up a company-owned 600-acre coffee farm there. Maybe this is a sign of coffee arrogance, but it seems more likely that the (somewhat experienced) folks at Starbucks know a good thing when they smell it.
Although there are several clearly separate Costa Rican growing regions, for the most part these distinctions don’t make it to the front counter of coffee shops and don’t make it onto a label. There are some exceptions for the Tarrazu snob, maybe, but mostly it’s “Costa Rican Blend” or some such title on the package.
Just as “French Roast” or “Chai Latte” evoke thoughts of extremely bold or spiced addictions, Costa Rican coffee paints a particular taste picture for fans, often requiring specialized vocab. Generally, Costa Rican coffee is highly acidic and very intensely flavorful. While each region is certainly different (and even specific farm varieties stand alone), Costa Rican coffees are referred to as having a “heavy” or “thick” body, and being “creamy”.
To counterbalance the relaxing parts of your trip, Montenegro offers plenty of outdoor fun, including abundant chances to get more than slightly wet. Jet ski, schmet ski,we’re talking about getting as wet as you can possibly get by taking a big dip under the water!
Even if you’re new to SCUBA diving, we’ll strap some air on your back and (safely and expertly) guide you to some sites and sights few people get to see.
These guided instructor-led trips where you do NOT have to be a certified diver are for SCUBA newbies and experienced divers alike —let’s go!
You can expect to see rays of sunlight shooting through the water, majestic kelp forests, colorful fish and an ocean floor full of fascinating creatures—all the stuff that landlubbers never get to see. As you glide over the bottom you can expect to play Peek-a-Boo with fish darting around the rocks and watch anemones waving to you with a zillion arms.
Want to see critters that look like they were designed by a color-mad fashion guru? Fish will certainly fascinate with lively colors not found on land animals and anemones are usually interesting balls of color, but there’s more…
Nudibranch, anyone? Pink, yellow, purple and amazing shades of blue! Like snails without a shell, these “sea slugs” crawl about on the bottom but you might also see some kinds swim by, waving their entire bodies slowly through the water.
In these waters, too, we’re fortunate to have dolphins and playful Mediterranean Monk Seal (Monachus monachus), some of whom come to visitors like a group greeting committee. Dozens of them will sometimes whizz by our group to say hello.
Whether you’re and experienced diver or a total noob, call some friends, plan your trip and explore our gigantic parks under the sea. We’ll see you soon!