|Address: Quepos, Costa Rica
Serene location, great staff, good rooms
The road leading to the hostel is muddy and it’s a bit of an uphill hike. But once you’re there, you will be greeted by a super awesome and friendly Esteban, who speaks fluent English. Although the wi-fi doesn’t work in all the rooms, but that should not be a low-down because you can always sit on the rooftop patio and surf your way around.
|Address: Ave 7, San Jose, Costa Rica
One of the worst out there in San Jose, Costa Rica
|Address: Calle Guzman, Granada, Nicaragua
Good hostel, friendly staff, excellent location
The owner of this place – Gerald Webb – speaks English (being Irish) and is extremely helpful and great person to talk to. The rooms are well-decorated, lively and has all the amenities one can wish for a great, low price. Coffee is free all day and the ‘hostel’ has hot water, comfortable beds with mosquito nets.
Last Friday marked the end of an era that lasted 5,200 years, according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar. Some believed the date also marked the end of the world as foretold by Mayan hieroglyphs.
While we will be at the Tikal temples in Guatemala in the next few days as a part of our travel across Central America, this comes as a shock to us that tourists flocking to Guatemala for “end of the world” parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archeological site and urban center of the Mayan civilization.
It is forbidden to climb the stairs at the site but some tourists climbed the Temple II and caused irreparable damage to the ruins.
Also See: Tikal Mayan Ruins, Guatemala in pictures
Temple II, which is about 38 meters (125 feet) high and faces the central Tikal plaza, is one of the site’s best known structures.
More than 7,000 people visited Tikal on Friday to see native Mayan priests hold a colorful ceremony and light fires as the sun emerged to mark the new era.
Critics complained that the event was really for tourists and had little to do with the Mayans. About 42 percent of Guatemala’s 14.3 million residents are native Mayans, and most live in poverty and endure discrimination.
The ancient Mayans reached their peak of power in Central America between the years 250 and 900 AD.
UNESCO declared Tikal a World Heritage Site in 1979
Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration announced that citizens of 45 countries do not require a visa to Shanghai for 72 hours, starting January 1, 2013.
The 45 countries covered by the 72-hour visa-free policy are: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and the US.
Rules say that the passengers of the 45 countries:
- should hold transit flight tickets to a third nation or region.
- should have their valid international travel documents and visas of the third nation or region.
- are allowed to stay in the administrative areas of Shanghai within 72 hours.
- should exit through the same airport which they enter.
Social travel website Gogobot started with plain recommendations from your friends for destinations of your next travel. After venturing into hotels last year, they expanded their website by integration with OpenTable and Google Street View.
And now Gogobot will be doing the same with Travel + Leisure content, posting a stream of digital, thematic guides culled from T+L’s content.
Our friends often ask us “how can you afford a trip?” or “My budget is XYZ, so where can I go?”. A new website called Flocations will ask for your budget and offers a map of possibilities for even the most cash-strapped travelers.
From hairpins to cliffs, Courtney Robinson lists some crazy, mind-boggling roads in the world in her list on Trippy.
Turkey-based Pegasus Airlines & Canada-based WestJet Airlines launched new routes; and US Airways will launch new flights to London Heathrow starting March 2013.
TripAdvisor announced the results of its Cities Survey, a look into how travelers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world. The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to a survey sent to those who have recently written TripAdvisor reviews on the featured cities.
Some of the best digital film projects are on Vimeo, and now they have picked the top travel-themed videos. All of them uploaded in the past month, must be watched in full screen and HD for the best experience.
After an eleven-day religious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi that praises Lord Ganesh, the last day is when the idol of the Lord is immersed in water. This festival occurs sometimes around August-end or September.
In a country that swears by religion and blind faith, the God lays in dilapidated condition in almost sewer like pond.
Virgin America will bring its low-fare, upscale service to New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) as of April 2, 2013, with tickets on sale today for three daily nonstop roundtrip flights from both San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to EWR.
The addition of Newark to its network means Virgin America will now serve eight of the top ten business markets from both SFO and LAX.
The first Turkish Airlines aircraft started direct flights between Kenya and Turkey today. Direct flights between Istanbul and Mombasa are therefore expected to hugely boost arrival numbers from various destinations within Europe.