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Introducing… Ask Exito!!

August 13, 2013

3d human with a red question markHere at Exito, we’re always looking for ways to stay up to date and spice things up. Well, we realized, we don’t have the best medium for answering your questions. To better address your needs and your questions, we are introducing “Ask Exito.” Through this you’ll be able to send us any question you may have regarding your travel, whether it be location specific, about activities, or about the culture or area of your interest. We’ll do our best to answer any questions that come our way.

We’ll give you a few examples from the past two countries we’ve been focusing on: Costa Rica and Ecuador.

Costa Rica
• I hear the Arenal Volcano is active. Is it dangerous?

Yes, the Arenal Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes of Costa Rica, but as long as you adhere to the National Parks safety perimeters, your safety isn’t in danger. Also, to add to your safety, major eruptions have slowed down since 2010. Even with this slowing down, though, it’s still worth the visit! In fact, it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Costa Rica.

• What does ‘Pura Vida’ mean and when should it be used?

Pura Vida is a phrase common to Costa Rican culture. The literal translation means ‘pure life’ but the real meaning is closer to “full of life,” plenty of life,” “going great,” “real living,” or “this is living.” Pura Vida can be used in many ways; for example, it can be a greeting or a farewell, it can be an answer expressing that things are going well, or it can be a way of giving thanks.

Ecuador
• What languages are spoken in Ecuador?

The main language of Ecuador is Spanish, which is spoken by 94% of the population. There are recognized regional languages in native communities, including Kichwa (Quichua), Shuar, and 11 others. These native languages are often known as Amerindian languages.

• Is it true that Panama hats originated in Ecuador?

Yes, it is true! And the name is definitely a bit of false advertising. The hat that many people have grown to know and love as the Panama hat was produced in Ecuador starting as early as the 17th century and were often sold in Ecuador’s infamous markets. These straw hats, like many other goods in Central and South America, were first shipped to the Isthmus of Panama before sailing to their international destinations. Because of this, they ended up acquiring a name that reflected their origin of mass sale instead of their origin of creation, unfortunately.

Hopefully this gives you an idea of what kind of questions you could ask us. And feel free to ask away! To start asking, go here:   Ask Exito a Question

Happy travels, and we can’t wait to get your questions! Pura Vida!

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