Monday, June 1, 2020

What is your family like and how have you been spending your holidays?

Families exist in all kinds of constellations, they come in all different shapes and sizes. Often its size and the ages as well as characteristics and interests of its members determine how a family vacation is likely to look like. Overall, every family has it´s own, unique image of how they want to spend their vacation. are volunteer trips which allow the travellers to experience regional customs, language and cuisine while giving back to the community. It is specifically said to be an excellent option for active seniors who want to try something different.

For instance, senior and multigenerational travel might include rather calm activities such as relaxing in hot springs and resorts or active ones like grandparents taking their grandkids through the rapids of a river on a rafting adventure tour. It always depends on the taste and lifestyle of the family members going on a vacation together. One type of holiday that has become popular in recent years for families of all ages are volunteer trips which allow the travellers to experience regional customs, language and cuisine while giving back to the community. It is specifically said to be an excellent option for active seniors who want to try something different.

Some people have rather large families and have great and strong relationships with their uncles and aunts, for example. This is particularly special for kids as they might see their aunt or uncle as an adult friend who listens without the judgmental and presumptive attitudes parents could show when addressing touchy topics with their kids. Aunts and uncles may have a more relaxed approach with their nieces and nephews, offering different and more encouraging advice or solutions in response to their questions. They are often also the ones taking them on one of their first vacations and introduce them to adventurous activities like rafting or zip-lining, all experiences the kids will then remember forever.

A family holiday can become a more challenging task to approach if all family members have different interests or if there is a family member with special needs. For instance, if you’re the parent of a special needs child, when on vacation you want to have a great time yourself while the focus remains on the health and joy of your child at the same time. So much preparation is required to get out of the house, reach the destination successfully and to make sure everything runs smoothly. But families do it every day - and have the time of their lives, over and over again.
The same can happen with a special occasion that is celebrated during a holiday such as an anniversary, birthday, wedding or a family reunion. Getting the entire family together can be difficult, as you have you meet everyone's expectations. Ask them to give you a list of their vacation preferences (as long as the little ones understand that the final decisions are not their responsibility). Pleasing everyone might be easier than you think. In any case, it is worth having this conversation so that all generations feel that their voice counts when planning family fun. 



 

Friday, May 22, 2020

The various forms of family travel: What is family to you?


Especially in these turbulent times, for many people family serves as an anker to provide stability and security that might be lacking in other areas of one´s life. Though when thinking about family, different definitions and relationships come to mind. Some of these constellations will be referred to in this blog and it will be explained what should be considered when travelling with a particular kind of family member.

Next to the parents it is often the siblings that are the closest to us and who always had our backs while growing up. Now that all have built their own life, some of us realized that spending time together has become rather rare and therefore even more special. A good way to cherish this is to travel with your brother and sister which has numerous benefits such as improving the relationship, sharing experiences, and creating new memories. This can bring us even closer to the person we share those moments with.

The same goes for a trip with the spouse when going on a couple trip.
Life as a couple can be difficult after a while so having a break from the usual busy everyday life and routine is important for maintaining a healthy relationship. Couples should pick a destination and plan the trip together. During the trip they can reunite as a couple and remember what made them fall in love the first time by trying out new things together or just taking the time to have a romantic dinner by the sea or a relaxing day in the hot springs, for instance.

Then there are the single parents who face unique challenges when it comes to vacationing with their kids. While the overall goal is to spend quality time together as a family, you should be able to have some adult fun in the process, without having to worry about the children. The travel industry has recognized this growing segment of the population and as a result, more vacation options for single parents are becoming available.

Blended families (step families) might have to overcome some difficulties in the beginning and what can be better than going on a fun vacation altogether? If you want to have a successful family vacation with your new blended family in order to bond and get to know each other, you should remember a few things. Always keep it simple, all opinions matter so make sure to hear all members of the family and try to include all of them when you are planning your trip.




Thursday, May 14, 2020

Juvenal's Favorite Spot

Our staff loves what they do and their home country! That is why all our guests have an amazing time when traveling with us.
That is why we believe that the memories of our guests are as important as the memories of our staff.

This is Juvenal's favorite spot. This is the place in Costa Rica that moves his heart:

" The southern area of ​​Costa Rica is full of magic and lush nature, it is definitely my favorite place. I have had great and unforgettable experiences in that great place, one of them was with a group of students from Niagara College, in the Sirena biological station where we stayed, we had to go to receive a talk about the protection of sea turtles in Sirena beach, and we decided to do the hike from the station. It was 12 kilometers and almost 3 hours walking on a beautiful trail, passing several streams and a forest full of life, and fresh aromas, we could observe different herds of howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys and squirrel monkeys, we could also count as 45 species of birds, 3 types of snakes and many reptiles. We arrived at Sirena beach and the talk about turtles was excellent. It was an unforgettable day for the students and me.
 On another occasion I received a
family on the Nicaraguan border, they were here for 3 weeks, we toured the entire country, visiting the most important places since they are owners of a Travel Agency ¨Trekaroo¨in the United States. They did this whole trip to get to know our country and promote Costa Rica as a family destination. With them I went to Nicuesa lodge, in the Osa Peninsula, a beautiful hotel, surrounded by thick nature and beautiful beaches, just to get there you have to take a boat in Golfito, on the way you will see dolphins swimming and playing in crystal clear waters and beautiful birds flying around you. I know that for them it was one of the most beautiful places they met throughout their tour of Latin America.
Well, what about Corcovado National Park? !!! For me it is one of the most beautiful and wild places in Costa Rica, there are several ways to get there, either by land or by boat, the trip is incredible. If you have to go by boat from Sierpe, the trip will be unforgettable since you must pass through extensive mangroves, where you will see many species of birds and beautiful landscapes. On the way you will pass near Drake Bay, a very colorful town, with forests and trails that will take you to beaches and landscapes that you can never forget. This beautiful place was discovered by Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century, he was the second person to circumnavigate the world, he was a slave trader and was considered a pirate by the Spanish, but for the English he was considered a hero and privateer, in addition to being knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Corcovado National Park is considered by National Geographic as the most intense place in the world in terms of biodiversity.
Thanks to my work with Il Viaggio Travel, I have had the opportunity to do several walks in the park. San Pedrillo is one of the entrances to the park and also one of my favorite places for hiking. On one occasion and luckily we decided to return to the park entrance by the beach, and we managed to see in the distance a female jaguar and two cubs walking along the beach, in the opposite direction from us, that was a magical and unforgettable moment for everyone.
 Oh, and don't forget that it is also essential to visit Caño Island, a place with indescribable beauty and one of the most visited places in the area for diving and snorkeling.
 Corcovado is one of the most remote places in Costa Rica, but for its beauty it is worth visiting and so you can enjoy its natural magic.
Corcovado is my favorite place in Costa Rica and you already know why."
IL VIAGGIO TRAVEL´s local expert, certified guide. 



Friday, April 17, 2020

Pura Vida, Costa Rica!

While we are currently all staying home and can only dream about our next tropical vacation, Costa Rica awaits and can´t wait to welcome you again when this situation blows over. In the meantime I´d like to bring the country a little closer to you by naming a few interesting facts relating to Costa Rica's culture and natural environment.

When traveling through Costa Rica and interacting with the local Ticos (the term Costa Rican citizen use to refer to themselves), a strong appreciation and even love for nature can be felt pretty much everywhere. This might be connected to the fact that even though Costa Rica is such a small country, more than 5% of the entire world´s biodiversity can be found here particularly due to its various forms of vegetation. Besides its famous rainforests and coastlines, the country also offers wetlands, mountains, rivers and even arid plains, all home to many distinct species.
The Ticos value Costa Rica´s popularity for its natural environment and surely put an effort into protecting it. Not only in the tourism sector but also in other industries Costa Rica has become one of the most eco-friendly countries. It is aiming at becoming the first fossil-free country on the planet and 99% of the energy used is renewable, making it a forerunner to even many developed countries.

Not only the environment is thriving but so are the people. The Nicoya Peninsula, a favourable area for tourists, is one of the 5 blue zones in the world where the lifespan is remarkably longer than in all other places and the inhabitants usually live to at least 90. Among the crucial factors were a healthy diet, sufficient sleep and water that are rich in calcium and magnesium.

Doesn't it sound tempting to get your own little taste of this simple but fulfilling and pure way of life – also known as the famous Pura Vida?




Friday, April 10, 2020

Costa Rica Inspires!

The quarantine established during the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 has made us travel in a different way, which is throughout our imagination. Plenty of holidays plans were canceled nevertheless, this has not stopped our minds to get inspired to keep discovering the world and at the same time, ourselves. 

Costa Rica is a tropical paradise like you have never seen before. The people who have visited this incredible country surrounded by hospitable locals (Ticos and Ticas), amazing weather, breathtaking beaches and the perfect combination of relaxation, adventure, culture and nature; have agreed in the following: Once you come here, you will never want to leave!

Costa Rica, located at the middle point of Latin America and Central America, has one side on the Caribbean and another into the Pacific Ocean. Besides, Costa Rica is divided into seven provinces which are San Jose, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Guanacaste, Puntarenas and Limon. 

Costa Rica has the goal of becoming a carbon neutral country and run exclusively on sustainable energy and resources. Moreover, Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world's biodiversity and more than the 25% of the Costa Rica’s land is reserved for National Parks. Facts that make this destination one of the most sustainable countries in the world. 

In addition, there are more than 121 volcanic formations in Costa Rica, and seven of them are active. As a matter of curiosity, the Poas Volcano has the second widest crater in the world, the Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes and the Irazú Volcano is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. 

Furthermore, Costa Rica is famous among bird watchers due to the 850 species that the country preserves in its different habitats divided into rainforests, cloud forests, dry forests, beaches, rivers and mangroves.  

Come to Costa Rica and do no let escape the opportunity to have an appointment with unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, which take place at the same time the 365 days of the year due to its proximity to the equator. 

Think about your holiday, think about Costa Rica!

When you catch yourself dreaming and are ready to make future holiday plans again; we are here for you on +506 2289 8225 or at contact@ilviaggiocr.com.

Keep yourself tuned for more engaging information about this amazing destination and Pura Vida to all of you!


Il Viaggio Travel

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Family Beach Day in Jacó


Last weekend I took my family on a day trip to Jacó Beach. Jacó is a town at the central pacific coast around two hours away from San Jose. It´s a great place to experiences nature, adventure and wildlife.  You can simply spend a relaxing family day taking a stroll down the beautiful black beach and enjoying the sun with the whole family. The kids will have a blast playing in the waves and shallow water while the parents can have some time for themselves.
The wide stretched beach presents the perfect opportunity f
or some joint family activities such as beach ball games. 

If you like a little more action, you can join an ATV or Buggy tour along the beach and through Costa Rica´s fields and rainforest. You will be able to go to places that you can´t reach by foot. There will often be opportunities for wildlife sightings and stopping at panoramic viewpoints to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We could see many pelicans and other types of birds. Personally, I can recommend the Buggy tour as the whole family fits in one which makes it possible to explore the area altogether in a fun and entertaining way.

In case your family is really active and you want to do more than just hang out on the beach, there are various things to do in Jaco´s surroundings. For instance, you can hike to Miro Mountain, an abandoned building located in the mountains south of the town. From there you´ll have a spectacular view on Jaco town and the coastline. Another of the many possible entertainment options is going on a waterfall tour to explore the rivers and waterfalls just a short distance away from town. Both parents and kids will have a memorable experience jumping off waterfalls and swimming in the pools.

It can be guaranteed that you will be having a great time, whatever you choose to do in the end. Though, the only thing that really cannot be left out is admiring the beautiful sunset from the beach at the end of the day.





Manuel Antonio, the jewel of the Pacific!




A Costa Rican paradise located at the central Pacific coast of the country, which will amaze the senses of all adventure and nature lover families. The beautiful and varied biodiversity of the area has made the National Park of Manuel Antonio one of the most visited places of the country. The great variety of accessible trails will allow every tourist to explore the incredible species of flora and fauna around the green forest while enjoying the breath-taking virgin landscapes from the different viewpoints of the park, which are great to capture one of the most marvellous surprises that Costa Rica can offer to its travellers. During the walk throughout the Manuel Antonio National Park you may encounter different types of national birds, agoutis, colourful crabs and groups of white-faced monkeys playing around, sitting or laying down. Nevertheless, there are other animals that are not that easily spotted. Therefore, it is recommended to hire an expert tour guide to guide you through the forest to observe and learn about other hidden animals, such as: Toucans, frogs, slots, squirrel and howler monkeys, iguanas, spiders, snakes, etc. 


In Manuel Antonio, you and your family can have the opportunity to experience total peace by strolling around secluded beaches surrounded by impressive cliffs, giant palm trees and the hypnotizing sound of the waves, which is possible if you enter the park from 07.00 am in the morning. A refreshment in the different four accessible beaches, after a long walk and humid temperature, will be the best reward. South Espadilla, Manuel Antonio, Escondida and Playita beaches are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, playing all together and sunbathing on white sandy and crystal-clear water beaches.



Are you convince enough to not miss one of the most wonderful places in Costa Rica? Contact with Il Viaggio Travel and let them make your wishes come true!