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Costa Rica: Alajuela – Volcan Arenal

Located 15 kilometres from Fortuna between the foothills of the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain range and the San Carlos plains, Arenal Volcano National Park covers 12,124-hectare and is one of the most visited destinations in the Northern Zone. We decided to take a trail on a private reserve, known as Arenal 1968, which offers impressive views of Arenal Volcano and lava fields. This park got its name from the Arenal Volcano eruption of 1968 which was one of the most important and crucial events in Costa Rica’s history.
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Costa Rica: Limon Province – Tortuguero National Park

Created in 1975, Tortuguero National Park is the most important green sea turtle nesting ground in the Western Hemisphere. Each year between June and October, tens of thousands of green sea turtles returned to the dark sand beach to lay their eggs. Since the national park was established, sea turtle populations have declined worldwide. But nestings at Tortuguero have increased nearly 500%.
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- Great Green Macaw Sanctuary, Puerto Viejo De Talamanca, Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Limon Province – Ara Manzanillo

Once prevalent throughout the entire Costa Rican Caribbean, Great Green Macaw populations have declined alarmingly in recent decades. The Ara Manzanillo project is one of the programmes aiming to reverse the decline of these beautiful birds. Between 2016 and 2019 more than 30 chicks have fledged and are now flying free, and in 2020, 13 more chicks are growing strong.
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A Resident Hoffman Two-fingered Sloth - Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo

Costa Rica: The Jaguar Rescue Centre

The Jaguar Rescue Centre covers an area of approximately 22,000 square meters and is capable of housing up to around 160 animals temporarily. Tours are run daily at 9:30 am and 11:00 and last for about 90-minutes. You are unlikely to see a Jaguar but there will be plenty of other indigenous wildlife on display; including sloths, spider monkeys, small cats, snakes and birds.
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Costa Rica: Limon Province – Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a small town in southeast Costa Rica, on the Caribbean coast. It’s known for the Salsa Brava surf break and beaches like black-sand Playa Negra. The town is not built up like the towns on Costa Rica's Pacific coast and has a different vibe, with its quirky restaurants and bars that pump-out reggae music .
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Villas Del Caribe - Puerto Viejo De Talamanca, Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca – Villas del Caribe (Review)

Villas del Caribe is a hotel at the south end of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, near the border with Panama. The property is made up of 2 storey buildings that have rooms that look out across beautifully landscaped gardens to the sea. Our room was spacious and comfortable. It included a big kitchen area that was reasonably well equipped and a dining table. Outside we had an enormous patio. Onsite was the Spicy Coconut restaurant - which was amazing and had several options for vegans!
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A Few Years Back There Was A Brilliant Blue Lake At The Bottom Of The Crater - Sadly No More - Parque Nacional De Irazú - Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Parque Nacional de Irazú

Located in Central Costa Rica, Irazú is an active volcano. Its maximum elevation is 11260 feet (3432 m) above sea level making it the highest volcano in Costa Rica. It used to have a spectacularly blue lake at the bottom of its crater, but an earthquake several years ago reorganized the mountain's plumbing and it drained away. The National Park is very accessible, and it is a beautiful drive . The weather can be changeable, so be prepared for a bit of everything.
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Marble House, Newport, Rhode Island

Rhode Island: The Newport Mansions

During America's 'Gilded Age' at the turn of the 20th Century the rich and famous flocked to Newport, Rhode Island to spend the summer months partying and enjoying the fresh sea air. Here they built marvellous mansions, which they referred to, rather amusingly, as cottages, styled on those that are dotted across Europe.
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New York: Central Park

New York City's Central Park is familiar to many people, even if they have never been to the City. It has been the location for many TV series and movies. To the locals, it is an escape away from the concrete and noise of Manhattan and to visitors, its lakes, bridges and hidden paths are a welcome change. We have been to Central Park on several occassions and have got to know it quite well, but on every visit we find something new to explore.
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New York: The High Line

From 1934 to 1980 an elevated rail line, now called the High Line, connecting the rail yards of mid-town Manhattan to an industrial district along the lower West Side of Manhattan. Constructed 30 feet above the ground, it avoided dangerous street crossings and routed between 10th and 11th streets in its more northern sections the railway avoided association with the unpopular elevated sections of New York's subway system. Completed in September 2014, the third and final section loops around the Hudson Yards located between West 30th and West 34th Streets. The aerial greenway now measures 1.45 miles
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The South Pool, Sitting On The Site Of The South Tower Of The World Trade Center - 9/11 Memorial, New York City

New York: 9/11 Memorial & Museum

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum lay in the footprint of the twin towers of the World Trade Center that was attacked by terrorists deliberately flying aircraft into these buildings on September 11, 2001. Two additional aircraft were hijacked, one crashing into the Pentagon and the second brought down in a field by the brave efforts of the passengers on board. In total, nearly 3000 people lost their lives. The memorial and museum provide a place to contemplate and document what happened on that tragic day in 2001.
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An Iconic View Of The Statue Of Liberty - New York City

New York: Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

"The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World" was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886. It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.
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Statues At The New York Museum Of Modern Art (MoMA)

New York: The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

The New York Museum of Art was established in 1929 with an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing. Today, the collection has grown to approximately 200,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, media and performance artworks; including works from the greatest contemporary artists, including Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Dalí, Warhol, Hockney and Pollock to name but a few.
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Lyndhurst A Mansion On The Hudson River In Tarrytown, New York

New York: Lyndhurst

Lyndhurst Mansion sits on the Hudon River in Tarrytown just north of New York City. Set in stunning grounds it is one of the best examples of Gothic revival architecture in the United States. You can take tours of the mansion and its garden through most of the year and it is particularly beautiful dressed in seasonal decorations around the holiday period. It has always been one of our favourite historic houses to visit along the Hudson Valley.
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