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Things do to in San Jose, Costa Rica – After Your UnCruise

San José, Costa Rica is often skipped over when people visit this beautiful Central American Country, but it is worth spending at least a day or two exploring this historic city.

We did exactly that after our UnCruise from Panama to Costa Rica.

San Jose is the Capital city of Costa Rica and it is busy. It can be overwhelming when you first arrive. People fill the various walking streets and restaurants are packed.

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But once you look past the congestion and chaos, you’ll discover a cultural city filled with plenty of things to do.

These are our recommendations for things to do in San Jose if you stick around before or after your escape to one of Costa Rica’s tropical beaches.

Things to do in San Jose Costa Rica

San Jose

San Jose

The first thing...


9 Interesting Facts About Costa Rica

At the end of this month, we are traveling to Costa Rica for the first time. We haven’t been before and are very excited to finally make it to a destination that’s been high on our list.

While researching things to do in Costa Rica, we thought we’d share some fun facts about Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Discount Offer

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

We needed something to write about to let you know that if you book your own Costa Rica Panama trip within the next year with UnCruise, you’ll get $100 per person savings on the same 10-night trip we are taking!

If you want to see what an UnCruise is like, check out this video we took of our time in Alaska this summer.

Use “PLANETD” code for your discount when checking out!

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Now, that you have seen the adventures to be had! Let’s talk about Costa...


The Best Wildlife Destinations in the World

Wildlife Destinations

Wildlife Destinations

I have been an animal lover my entire life, and I love traveling to destinations that have unique wildlife experiences! Whether it’s going on safaris in South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Kenya or exploring some of the world’s top dive sites in Mozambique and Indonesia, there are tons of interesting animals to discover.

Here are some of the best wildlife destinations in the world!

Silhouette Island


The Seychelles are some of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever seen. Located off the East Coast of Africa, the islands are home to an abundance of wildlife and endemic species.

A lot of these animals require special protection, and the Seychelles government has responded by creating one of the largest protected areas in the world!

While you’re visiting, k...


Staying at La Loma Lodge in Bocas Del Toro

 Bocas Del Toro

Bocas Del Toro

If you’re looking for a vacation that consists of relaxing in the jungle while surrounded by beautiful beaches, then Bocas del Toro should move to the top of your bucket list. One of the most magical accommodation experiences I’ve had to this day was a stay at the La Loma Lodge, a jungle lodge & chocolate farm, on Bastimentos Island.

Here is my review of the La Loma Lodge in Bocas Del Toro!

La Loma Lodge

How to Get to La Loma Lodge

Bocas del Toro is one of the more remote parts of Panama, so I’d recommend booking an extended stay so you can slow down and experience all that the islands have to offer.

You can get to Bocas del Toro by bus or plane. Check out my Ultimate Guide to Bocas del Toro for more information on how to get to the islands!

Once you’ve arrived...


Mexico’s Xochimilco Canals: A Guide to Riding on a Trajinera Gondola

As you might have heard before, Mexicans are especially good when it comes to fiestas. The party spirit runs through their souls–with just about anything requiring a full-blown celebration of dance, food and drinks. Mexico bursts with a vibrant colorful atmosphere that is, simply put, contagious.

Now imagine this: there is a quintessential network of gorgeous canals that reflects a rainbow-like assortment of colors. Beautiful trajineras (gondolas) donned with unique names glide gracefully along the Xochimilco canals, with musicians, vendors, and a gleeful vibe all around.

Honestly, going to Xochimilco is one of those things you have to do if you ever visit Mexico City...


Where to Find the Best Food in Antigua

Where to Find the Best Food in Antigua

This Antigua Foodie Guide was written by our International Food Expert, Kate, from We Travel We Eat!

The idea of visiting the country of Guatemala had been on the periphery for me for years. While traveling around South America in 2012, I heard nothing but positive stories and strong sentiments about how special the country was from other travelers.

While I never made it into Central America that year, Guatemala had made its way onto my gastronomical bucket list. In December 2018, with no solid plan in place, I decided it was time to make my trip to Guatemala a reality.

The city of Antigua exceeded all expectations.  A small colonial town that dates back to the 1500s, it’s now considered a Unesco World Heritage site, and for a good reason.

The streets are absolutely breathtaking and o...


Hyatt Zilara: Cancun’s Top All-Inclusive Adult Only Resort

At the luxury Hyatt Zilara in Cancun you are always greeted with a “buen dias” and a hand to the chest. It signifies service with a heart, which easily shows through in everything they do.

You’ll find this all-inclusive, adults-only paradise in the cities famous hotel zone, but it definitely stands apart with its pristine oceanfront views, lush accommodations and the newly renovated Zen Spa. So, if you are one for long hours of sunbathing punctuated with relaxing sessions at the spa and dining at delicious restaurants (who isn’t?), then read on.

Hyatt Zilar

Hyatt Zilar

About Hyatt Zilara Cancun

As I mentioned, the Hyatt Zilara is conveniently located along Cancun’s hotel zone, in the Southeastern part of Mexico in the state of Quintana Roo...


10 Things to Do at the Panama Jack All-Inclusive Resort in Cancun

Are you planning a vacation to Cancun for a cool combination of sun, sand and sea? It is a beautiful beach destination that has fabulous resorts located close to (or on!) the Caribbean Sea. If you are headed there, you will most likely end up on Cancun’s famous hotel zone for your accommodation and the Panama Jack Resort is the place where you can live it up with all the fantastic amenities for the perfect Mexican getaway.

If you are traveling as a family with kids, with a group of friends or as a couple, the four-star Panama Jack Cancun ticks all the boxes for a superb vacation...


Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano Hike: What to Expect

Just like skiing and mountaineering are a part of the culture of the Swiss Alps, volcano hiking is a huge part of the culture in Guatemala. The country has 37 officially named volcanoes—three of which that are still active. It is not uncommon to be driving by one of these in the distance and seeing a puff of smoke pop out from its peak.

We actually saw this happen a half a dozen times from an active one locally known as Fuego Volcan. Though this “Fire Volcano” offers a hike, it is known for treacherous slopes that should be reserved only for the fittest. A more popular choice (and slightly less challenging) is to hike Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano (aka: Volcan de Pacaya).

By the way, just to add to the adventure, it’s an active volcano too!

Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano Hike

Guatemala’s Pacaya Volcano Hike