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Nicaragua on Horseback: Riding in San Juan del Sur

Lead the Way

Combing through the walls of sturdy tree trunks and canopies of lush green leaves, we set out from Morgan’s Rock in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, on the back of a truck just before the afternoon heat reached its highest. We reached the stables by dirt road in less than ten minutes, where we met our horses. I was [...]

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Wildlife and Scenery: Kayaking Lake Nicaragua

Blue Skies

From my room at the I could see the shimmering Lake Nicaragua lit up by the morning rays.  At 7 am, the tropical air was already hot and steamy. The howler monkeys were already awake, their loud bawls echoing from the jungle surrounding the lake.  Birds perched on tree branches were chirping and singing their morning tunes. [...]

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A Glimpse of Nicaragua’s Flora and Fauna in San Juan del Sur

Over the Trees

I could hear the sound of waves crashing onto the beach which wasn’t too far, but I could also hear the calls of the howler monkeys, who always seemed to be hiding within the branches of the high trees. Underlying their distinct howl was the jungle orchestra: crickets chirped while frogs croaked. Colorful mud crabs [...]

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Highlights of Nicaragua: From Lakes to Volcanoes

On a Branch

As a country steeped in nature and wilderness, Nicaragua is most famed for its multitude of lakes and volcanoes. I wasn’t aware of how prominent these two features would be until my recent visit. While in Nicaragua, I had the opportunity to see with my own eyes, the features that characterize this country as so. [...]

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To the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes: Nicaragua

Granada Nicaragua-4-2

Our web editor Elica Sue is off to visit Nicaragua on behalf of WildJunket! Here, she shares what she’ll be up to. After an extended academic calendar dipped into my summer, I’ll have the opportunity to visit a part of the world I’ve always wanted to visit: Nicaragua, also known as the land of lakes and [...]

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Toucans, Flycatchers and Woodpeckers – A Birder’s Paradise in Honduras

A keel-billed toucan

On our last day at Pico Bonito, we awoke before dawn, determined to carry out our mission: to search for the famous toucan. The Pico Bonito National Park is home to a myriad of wildlife, ranging from the world famous toucan bird to the Central American aguti, the elusive jaguar and ocelot (a type of [...]

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Life on the Water: Honduras’ Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge

A crocodile in the Salado River

A thick leathery body floated over the glassy green water surface as we glided by the edge of the swamp in our motorized wooden boat. Our local guide Elmer signaled for the boatman to move closer. Once we were within an arm’s length from the body, we found a pair of big marble eyes staring back at us. An enormous [...]

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When the Forest Comes Alive: Pico Bonito at Night

a shiny grasshopper

Darkness engulfs us in the thick of the woods, with the yellow beams of our torches and a faint slither of light from the lodge illuminating the way.  It’s after hours here at the Lodge at Pico Bonito but instead of downing piña coladas, we are hiking along one of the many trails that criss-cross [...]

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In Search of the Toucan – Pico Bonito, Honduras

an iguana

Outside our thatched bungalow, we hear the jungle slowly awaking with the chirping of birds, shrill cries of cicadas and loud croaking sounds of frogs. Together, they form a synchronized jungle orchestra, their natural symphony echoing throughout the forest that surrounds us. Daylight has yet to arrive and the animals are already wide awake. We slip over the [...]

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Slowing Down in Loreto, Baja California

VDP Loreto 2012: Simple

**Our teammate Elica Sue was recently in Baja California, Mexico. Here’s one of her stories from her trip to Loreto, stay tuned for more.** I recently just returned from Loreto in Baja California del Sur, Mexico, and am still just as enamored with it as I was when I first arrived. It was difficult getting my head back [...]

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A History Lesson in San Javier, Mexico

San Javier Mission

**Our teammate Elica Sue was recently in Baja California, Mexico. Here’s one of her stories from her trip to Loreto, stay tuned for more.** “More than 8,000 people come to visit for the fiesta on 3rd December,” said our guide, referring to their patron saint day. As our van pulled into town,  we were greeted by [...]

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For the Eyes, Heart, and Soul: The Beauty of Loreto

View from the Club

“You’re going to love this,” said Alejandra, the e-commerce manager of Villa del Palmar, whom I got to know well during my weekend at Loreto. We passed the wall of a rock with anticipation, curious to find out what awaited us. From behind the wall emerged a view unlike no other: Miles of pristine, cerulean-colored [...]

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A Quiet Corner of the World: Isla Coronado, Baja California

An empty beach

The warm Mexican sun kissed our shoulders, as we looked out into the horizon. A trail followed the boat as it skimmed the surface of the water, and white glass beads sprouted from the sides of the boat that cut the surface. The deep cerulean water hugging the islands in the near distance became lighter and lighter, [...]

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Down to Baja California

Mountains surrounding Loreto

**Our teammate Elica Sue is representing us on a press trip in Baja California, Mexico. We’ve heard so many people rave about the region and can’t wait to hear all about it. Meanwhile, she’s sharing with us her itinerary here, stay tuned here or follow her live coverage on our Twitter stream.** As the summer [...]

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7 of the Cheapest Travel Destinations in the World

Taj Mahal

// Travel has a reputation for being expensive, but whilst that’s often the case it’s equally true that there are some exceptional bargains around if you’re willing to spread your wings a bit further. In many parts of the world it’s possible to live on only a few pounds a day – or in luxury [...]

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