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Brazil

Shark Week, Exito Style

August 5, 2013

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As I’m sure most of you know, it is the most anticipated week of the year… Shark Week! The whole world tunes their TV’s in to Discovery Channel in earnest to see what shark filled shows are in store for them on today’s line-up. Well, as the world learns about the prehistoric Megladon, or watches […]

Spacious room with sofa, coffee table, small dining table, and comfortable chairs. Room opens onto a large patio surrounded by plants. Ceiling is two stories tall, showing a bit of the upstairs.

Fodor’s 100 Hotel Awards 2011 have been announced, and a full tenth of the hotels that made the list are in Latin American countries. The categories are Fodor’s. Luxurious Retreat; top choices for a complete escape Four Seasons CarmeloCarmelo, Uruguay Whether you want to relax at the spa or at the pool, cozy up in […]

Visa requirements to Brazil Brazil has a reciprocal visa policy with all countries, meaning that whenever prices and restrictions are applied to Brazilian visiting a country, Brazil adopts the same measures for that country’s visitors. Citizens from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay may enter the country with a valid ID card […]

Lounging in the pool, staring out into the darkening tropical jungle, I contemplated my difficult choices.  A drink before dinner, or stay in the pool?  Decisions, decisions.  On a small group tour, that was about the toughest one I had to make.

I consider myself an independent traveler.  From my first trip as an adult, backpacking across Asia and Australia, to current jaunts with my family, I like to do it myself.  But a recent trip to Costa Rica reminded me of the pleasures and advantages of small group tours.

I was in Costa Rica for business, so was traveling alone.  I had an open weekend, but only the weekend – I had to be back in San Jose on Monday morning. I decided to maximize my time by signing up for a tour to Tortuguero National Park.  And I, super independent traveler, had a fantastic time.

I have been mulling a recent comment on an older blog entry.  The person wrote “I was told by a wise woman not too long ago (who runs an ecological farm – Permaculture based) that: ‘There is no such thing as Eco travel. You wanna be Eco? Good – Stay Home!”

Is she right?  Is travel itself intrinsically bad for the environment?

There’s no denying that flying is bad for the environment.  Pollution from jets contributes approximately 3 to 5% of annual carbon dioxide emissions worldwide.  By getting on a plane and flying somewhere, you are immediately contributing to that total.

But there are things you can do to mitigate it.