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Hostel Review: Hostel Pangea, San Jose, Costa Rica

January 8, 2013
Hostel Pangea, San Jose, Costa Rica

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Address: Ave 7, San Jose, Costa Rica
Website: hostelpangea.com

One of the worst out there in San Jose, Costa Rica
We stayed for one night at this hotel in downtown San Jose (Costa Rica) and the first impression is that considering the high crime rate in the capital city, this is a fortified hotel! There are high gates and entrance door to the hotel, accessible by ringing a bell and showing your wrist-band to the gate-keeper.

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Hostel Review: Casa del Agua, Granada, Nicaragua

January 7, 2013
Casa del Agua, Granada, Nicaragua

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Breakfast included: No. Only free coffee.

Address: Calle Guzman, Granada, Nicaragua
Website: www.casadelaguagranada.com

Good hostel, friendly staff, excellent location
The first thing you will notice about this family-led boutique place is how gorgeous and pretty it looks – the lobby is nothing but a courtyard with a swimming pool in the center and kitchen on one side, with rooms on other. The central room is located on the first floor right in the middle of the courtyard, and it has an amazing view of Mombacho Volcano.

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.

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Tikal temple damaged by tourists celebrating ‘end of world’

December 23, 2012

20121223-231632.jpgLast 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 allows citizens of 45 countries to stay visa-free for 72 hours

December 20, 2012

Shanghai, ChinaShanghai 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.


Gogobot expands to hotels, restaurants, street view and now photos with T+L

December 20, 2012

Gogobot & T+LSocial 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.

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Decide your next destination based on the budget, using Flocations

December 19, 2012

FlocationsOur 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.

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Photos: Ridiculously crazy roads in the world

December 18, 2012

road3From hairpins to cliffs, Courtney Robinson lists some crazy, mind-boggling roads in the world in her list on Trippy.

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New airline routes on WestJet, Pegasus & US Airways

December 18, 2012

WestJetTurkey-based Pegasus Airlines & Canada-based WestJet Airlines launched new routes; and US Airways will launch new flights to London Heathrow starting March 2013.

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London’s taxis will offer free wi-fi from March 2013

December 16, 2012

Wi-Fi on London Black Taxis

Wi-Fi on London Black Taxis

Earlier this year, London Tube enabled Wi-Fi on their trains & stations for Olympics. And from March 2013, passengers in the London’s iconic Hackney Carriages will have access to a free high-speed Wi-Fi service called CabWifi, launched by Eyetease Limited.

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TripAdvisors’ lowest rankings on cities survey

December 14, 2012

TripAdvisor Cities SurveyTripAdvisor 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.

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Vimeo’s top travel-themed videos will inspire you to travel

December 14, 2012

vimeoSome 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.

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Google’s new Flight Explorer is a combination of flight & destination search

December 13, 2012

Google Flight Explorer

Google Flight Explorer

Google Flight Explorer is a brand new feature seen today that will show you ideas for places to visit based on your selection of home airport and the country or continent you plan to visit next.

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Photo: Indian god idols in sewer, Mumbai, India

December 13, 2012

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.

Lord Ganesh idols in sewer



Virgin America & Turkish Airlines starting new routes

December 13, 2012

Virgin America to launch SFO/LAX – EWR flights

Virgin AmericaVirgin 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.

Turkish Airlines launches Istanbul-Kilimanjaro/Mombasa flights

Turkish AirwaysThe 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.



Great gifts for the frequent traveler

December 12, 2012

Gift gadgets

Gift gadgets

The holiday season is here and we are all set to travel. Here are some presents you can pack for your traveler friend or family member:

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