Monterosso al Mare, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy

Monterosso al Mare is an Italian town of the province of La Spezia in Liguria, in the center of a small natural gulf, protected by a small artificial reef and is therefore the most western part of the Cinque Terre. To the west of the original village is the village of Fegina, natural expansion and characterized by a relatively modern tourist resort facility compared to the old town which is accessible by a tunnel of a few tens of meters. Unfortunately in October 2011 a violent disturbance has affected the eastern Liguria with flooding, damage, dead and missing at various locations of Liguria and Tuscany. To see: the statue of Neptune or the Giant (leaning against a rock); Villa Montale; Aurora Tower; the parish of St. John the Baptist; among others. The local economy is based mainly on tourism.

Tips

If you go by car, take the provincial road 38 to reach the center of Monterosso al Mare from Levanto or Vernazza. If you want to go by train, which is recommended for difficult parking, the station is located in Fegina.
If you like a nice walk, from Punta Mesco to Levanto at around 1h15, you can reach the so-called “traffic light”, an old abandoned lighthouse where you can enjoy a spectacular view of the sea. You can also visit the ruins of the hermitage of San Antonio of Mesco.

Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica

Pacuare Lodge is a unique jungle getaway nested deep inside the enchanting and captivating Pacuare River and tropical forest. It is a recognized ecolodge completely surrounded by nature in its purest and most primitive state. Guests of the lodge experience the most coveted of travelers rewards, an opportunity to savor the spirit of the rainforest!

The lodge has been carefully designed for a perfect balance with its natural surroundings. It has been cited by World Tourism Organization for its model sustainable ecotourism practices, and was chosen by Outdoor Magazine as one of the 10 best adventure destinations in the world. The two-story lodge has 8 cozy wooden bungalows with thatched palm roofs that hide beneath giant tropical trees, a rustic dining area on the first floor, and an open-air lounge on the second floor with sitting areas and hammocks.

Tips

There are two ways to get there, by a jungle path or rafting, taking the raft could be the fun.

Panama City, Panama

Panama City is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama, It has a population of 880,691, with a total metro population of 1,440,381 and is located at the Pacific entrance of the Panama Canal, in the province of Panama. The city is the political and administrative center of the country, as well as a hub for international banking and commerce.

The city of Panama has a dense skyline of mostly high-rise buildings, and it is surrounded by a large belt of tropical rainforest. Panama’s Tocumen International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Central America, offers daily flights to major international destinations. Panama was chosen as the 2003 American Capital of Culture jointly with Curitiba, Brazil. It is among the top five places for retirement in the world, according to International Living magazine.

Tips

The Canal Zone is impressive, it offers many possibilities for excursions. We recommend the trans-isthmus train, this charming train runs along the Canal for great views of the locks, Gatun Lake, and the rainforest.

Panamá Viejo (“Old Panama”) is the name used for the architectural vestiges of the Monumental Historic Complex of the first Spanish city founded on the Pacific coast of the Americas by Pedro Arias de Avila on August 15, 1519. This city was the starting point for the expeditions that conquered the Inca Empire in Peru in 1532. It was a stopover point on one of the most important trade routes in the history of the American continent, leading to the famous fairs of Nombre de Dios and Portobelo, where most of the gold and silver that Spain took from the Americas passed through.

Panama City is known as the Las Vegas of the Central America whit 22 superb casinos all offering great restaurants and shows.

The town have many museums we recommend the Biomuseo (Biodiversity Museum) the architecture is surprising on a multicolored metallic structure, the museum presents the Latin American biodiversity and threats to it.