Mexico, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic are all welcoming travellers to come and explore. These countries are fascinating destinations, with opportunities catering to all types of travellers. With the promise of rich and rewarding experiences, we thought we would give a run-down of some of our most popular products for each destination. Let’s dive in:
Teeming with wildlife, roughly a quarter of Costa Rica’s land is covered in protected jungle, making it the ultimate destination for nature lovers. However, there’s more to this destination than its magnificent selection of national parks. For sure, the waterfalls, rivers, hot springs and hiking trails may be impressive – but there’s also the chance for travellers to kick back and relax on idyllic tropical beaches too. All the while, travellers never fail to gain an appreciation of the colourful and welcoming nature of Tico people.
Celeste River Hike
Travellers fully embrace the natural beauty of the Liberia region on this tour. Visitors will embark upon a peaceful, not-too-strenuous hike to witness the Celeste River waterfall. This waterfall is considered to be one of the most beautiful in all of Central America, owing to its vibrant turquoise waters caused by the local volcanic spring. Emerald green forests surround travellers while they stroll, spotting the unique flora and fauna on show. Budding photographers are sure to be spoilt for choice for scenery to capture along the way. After appreciating the waterfall, travellers enjoy a well-earned spread of Tico treats set within a secluded forest area at La Cabana restaurant. Suitably refreshed, visitors will continue walking through the glorious national park as they go in seek of elusive sloths in the nearby preserve, as well the famous ‘blue-jeans’ frogs and the vast array of birds in the canopy—a great adventure showcasing the highlights of the region.
Vandara Hot Springs Adventure
Staying in Liberia, this day-trip takes travellers to Vandara Hot Springs, an area that also encompasses an adventure park. Yet again, the natural splendour is all around for visitors to appreciate. However, travellers will need to take it in on the go as the day is jam-packed with activities to enjoy. From horse-back riding to the adrenaline-fix of a nine-course zipline through the canopy, thrill-seekers should not have too much trouble finding adventure here. Whenever travellers find themselves in the beauty of the rainforest, an opportunity to get wet is never far away. Sure enough, the Tizate thermal pools provide the chance to take a soothing dip, though if travellers want to continue their adventure, there also happens to be one of the longest water slides in the country. Inserting an opportunity to learn into the day, travellers get a glimpse of Guanacaste culture with the Trapiche. Visitors learn of this artisanal sugar mill process while snacking on some traditional treats. On this trip, travellers experience exclusivity with Discova, with private access to the pools and a luxury lunch area with a stunning view. At the end of the day, perhaps visitors can take a well-deserved nap as we return them back to their hotels.
Palo Verde National Park and Cultural Tour
A glance into Guanacaste culture set within the majestic beauty of another national park – the perfect combination. Visitors start their day in the Hacienda El Viejo wetlands, at ‘La Casona’, an impressive stylish mansion where travellers can enjoy a welcome cocktail. From here, they embark on a tranquil boat ride along the river, providing stunning views as passengers point out and marvel at the wildlife all around. The afternoon sees a return to La Casona for an induction into Costa Rican culture – from the Trapiche to the coffee process, to traditional corn-tortilla making. For the final instalment of the tour, travellers will be encouraged to get moving as they take part in a traditional music and dancing show, making the day an unforgettable experience.
Mexico is world-famous for its beach resorts, natural wonders, fascinating history, and its delicious cuisine. The fiesta spirit is plain to see, as visitors can always get a feel for that famously fun and energetic Central American hospitality.
3 Cultures, Teotihuacan Pyramids, and Shrine of Guadelupe
On this trip from Mexico City, travellers gain an appreciation of the history of Mexico by diving into the fascinating world of indigenous Aztec culture. At the pyramids of Teotihuacan, travellers visit world-famous sites such as the temple of the sun and the temple of Quetzalcoatl, walking along the Calzada de Los Muertos. This religious centre is an awe-inspiring sight as it allows visitors to marvel at the constructive efforts of this ancient culture. Over and above the impressive views, visitors should take time to understand the historical significance of this site to Mexican people. Visitors will also learn about pulque, a traditional milky drink with a sweet flavour that is extracted from the cactus.
On the return journey to Mexico City, travellers will make a stop at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is an important site of pilgrimage for Catholics and is considered to be the national shrine of Mexico. The site is where the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared to Saint Juan Diego, and the main shrine houses a cloak containing her image. Travellers walk around the esplanade of the church complex and witness the faith that Mexicans profess at this sacred place. Both these experiences should help travellers to understand and gain an insight into Mexican culture.
Rhythms of the Night
Conceived of, written, and directed by Gilles Ste-Croix, co-creator of Cirque du Soleil, Rhythms of the Night – SAVIA is a breathtaking interpretation of the Aztec creation story. The show is a celebration of spectacular acrobatic skill, pulsating rhythms, vibrant dance, and fantastic costumes. Travellers will be taken deep into the heart of the steamy rainforest of Las Caletas to find a mystical amphitheatre, beside a crumbling ancient pyramid, beneath the clear starry sky – a fantastical setting for such a performance. World-class entertainment awaits combined with great food as guests take their places to watch the spirit world convene. This is an unmissable experience for those who like to escape into a magical performance that delights all the senses.
Chichen Itza Plus
Many visitors to Mexico will not want to miss the opportunity to visit one of the iconic wonders of the world. Travellers explore the sprawling temple complex on this day trip and immerse themselves in the history of Mayan culture, appreciating the manmade wonders of the impressive pyramids. From the intriguing ball court to the beguiling feathered serpent sculptures, travellers discover the ruins at their own pace. The Mayans probably settled at this sport in the Yucatan peninsula due to the easy access to water via the network of nearby caves and sinkholes in limestone formations – known as cenotes. After visiting the site, travellers will get the chance to take a dip in the beautiful freshwater of nearby Ik Kil cenote, as well as enjoying a traditional Mexican buffet lunch. Due to the social distancing measures, Chichen Itza is operating at limited capacity. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t dissuade travellers from visiting as Discova has in place several vehicles to ensure smaller tour groups to comply with restrictions – travellers should not miss this experience of a lifetime.
The Dominican Republic epitomises many travellers’ ideas of a Caribbean island paradise. With miles and miles of palm-fringed white sands to relax on, it’s a beach-lover’s dream. However, the small island also comprises active volcanoes, mesmerising mountains and rich, verdant rainforests, making it an incredibly geographically diverse country to explore.
What better way to explore the area around Punta Cana than by terracross buggie – designed to help travellers have a blast as they zoom through the small villages of the Dominican countryside. When there’s so much to see, visitors will be grateful for the 700cc engines to help them get around. First among many stops, travellers visit a co-op to learn about coconut oil, chocolate, coffee, tobacco and rum – a particular highlight is to try the world-famous chocolate tea. With no rest for thrill-seekers, the next stop features an Indian cave in which there is a crystal clear natural spring. Travellers can enjoy a rejuvenating swim while washing off some of the dirt from the ride. Next up, back on the buggies to journey to a Taino village where the group will enjoy a themed traditional show before finishing off the adventure at the spectacular Macao beach. Get a glimpse of the real Dominican countryside away from tourists, learn a little about the local culture, and get that adventure fix too – this day trip has it all for travellers.
Another trip for those adventure-seekers – ziplining is a favourite activity among those wishing to experience nature first hand and from above! In Punta Cana, this 12-line mountain course has 18 platforms and is home to two of the longest lines in the Caribbean. Travellers start at the welcome centre where they go through all the safety instructions from the expert canopy guides who also take visitors through the equipment step by step. From there, it’s time for the fun to begin as travellers take on the course, hopefully taking breaks from the adventure to take in the beautifully serene jungle surroundings. Travellers should watch out for those tropical birds as they whizz through the canopy.
Sharks and Rays Encounter
In Punta Cana, travellers get the chance to get up close and personal with marine wildlife on this tour. Visitors feel and touch the sharks and rays as they get the incredible experience of snorkelling with the animals. Many visitors consider this an emotional experience, possibly conquering fears as they place their hands on a shark or hold a ray in their outstretched palms. Take the opportunity to learn from the expert guides as all questions about these amazing creatures will be answered, minds probably being put at ease in the process.
These experiences cover only a fraction of what we have to offer in the Americas. With destinations of such variety, it’s difficult to truly capture the essence of a particular place in just three snippets of our products. Having said that, we hope these offer an insight into the experiences that are available for travellers and get everybody excited about the opportunity to travel once again. Rest assured, our agents are ready to answer any questions and share more information about our products in the Americas.