Central America

Finding Paradise on Caye Caulker

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As the taxi boat approached the island my sight was filled with palm trees, pastel-coloured houses and locals with dreadlocks; we had unmistakably arrived in the Caribbean. Instant happiness flooded my heart when I stepped ashore - this was what paradise must look like. A white sandy road lead from the pier towards the settlement. I started walking in my nor[...]

Yoga in Paradise: Pranamar Yoga Retreat

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The first time I took part in a yoga class, I was a teenager with a passion for speedy activities like Volleyball or athletics. One day our gym teacher invited an instructor to introduce us to this "new thing" called yoga, and new it surely was back then in my home country of Austria. Unfortunately, 15-year-old me wasn't impressed by stretching her bottom to[...]

The Rainforest of the Austrians

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With images of wooden jungle cabins, untouched beaches and wild animals roaming free, the word “eco-tourism” resonates with my memories of Costa Rica like no other. Never before have I traveled a place where ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY was written across nearly everything: car rental companies, back country lodges, traditional restaurants, tour agencies and[...]

Hotels we love: Florblanca Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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There comes the time when I've just had enough. Carrying at least one heavy backpack from one bus stop to the next, holding on to my valuables on a public bus, curling up on a super-thin dorm mattress trying to avoid leaving the safe (and clean) environment of my sleeping bag. Fighting for the last tablespoon in the hostel kitchen and ending up slurping 1-mi[...]

Surf'n'Sun: Costa Rica Surf Camp in Dominical

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Do you like trying out new things just as much as I do? Learning how to surf has always been a dream, so I naturally got super excited about our trip to the world famous surf paradise  Dominical in Costa Rica - a Travelette has been there before, read more here. To get the most out of it we decided to take part in a surf camp. A surf camp? - what's that? Her[...]

Colors of Curaçao

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Curaçao, long before popping on my radar as an actual place one could visit, had existed in my consciousness as a sweet blue liquor that we used to mix with orange juice in my teenage years and giggle over drinking green cocktails while listening to "Here comes the hotstepper" or whatever 90s dance track was chic at our local disco at the time. When not too [...]

Utila, Honduras - living the island life

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An island perched on the edge of the Mesoamerican barrier reef (the second largest reef system in the world), encircled by crystalline waters and with an exotic history peppered with pirates, gold and sunken treasure… So far, so very Caribbean. But Utila’s unique selling point in this region where ritz, glitz and cruise ships reign is that it embraces the ba[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Copán Ruinas, Honduras

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Parrots, sweets and cobbled streets… Oh, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring some of the most brilliantly preserved Ancient Mayan sculpture to be found anywhere in the world. The picturesque Honduran town of Copán Ruinas, lying nigh on the Guatemalan border, is a breath of crisp, fresh, river valley air. Peeling ourselves off the seats of our non air-[...]